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Our Leadership

The Massmart Board is comprised of experienced leaders with an in-depth understanding of a Board’s role and responsibilities with regard to good corporate governance; the development of business strategy; leading ethically and effectively; ensuring Massmart is a responsible corporate citizen.

The Massmart Executive Committee is a diverse and experienced management team, chaired by our Chief Executive Officer and comprises our Chief Financial Officer and eight other members of senior management.

Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Executive directors
Mitchell Slape
Chief Executive Officer
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Mitch joined Massmart on 1 September 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He has been with Walmart since 1995 and has held several important leadership positions, including global roles in Argentina, Korea, Mexico, Japan and the International Support Center. In his leadership roles, Mitch led all merger and acquisition activity for Walmart International, assumed responsibility for Superama Supermarkets in Mexico and ran operations for the India business prior to joining the Walmart US team. Mitch joined Walmart Japan in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Store Operations, eCommerce, Marketing and Format Strategy segments of the Japan business. Mitch is fluent in Spanish and received his Masters of International Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management and his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Wichita State University.

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Mohammed Abdool-Samad
Chief Financial Officer
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Prior to joining Massmart, Mohammed was Group Finance Director at Illovo Sugar, Africa since 2011. Before Illovo Sugar, he spent a decade in various executive finance roles within Anglo American plc. Mohammed is a qualified CA (SA) and has a BCom from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Independant Non-Executive directors
Kuseni Dlamini
Board Chair and Chair of the Nomination Committee
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Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in over 50 countries. He was recently appointed co-Chairman of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), one of South Africa’s leading business schools and is a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in SA. Kuseni is the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this, he was the Head of Anglo American South Africa and a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American plc in London and was Director of Anglo Platinum.
He is also the former Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd. As part of his career in mining he held a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In March 2008, he was named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL)’ by the World Economic Forum and, during the same year and month, Miningx selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining. In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian named him as one of the top 200 young people worth taking to lunch and in the same year and month, The Economist referred to him as “A Rare Commodity’. In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed him a member of the Global Agenda Council on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. In 2011, he was appointed co-Chairman of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit which brings together Heads of States, leading politicians and business leaders to debate the state of Africa in a changing world on an annual basis.

Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities, which include the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and is the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks).

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Olufunke Ighodaro
Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committees
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Funke has previously served as Executive Director of Barloworld Limited, Chief Financial Officer of Tiger Brands Limited and Primedia Limited and Executive Director of Kagiso Trust Investments and Managing Director of its private equity business. She has also served as Independent non-Executive Director of Datatec Limited, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Members’ Advisory Board for Africa, UAC of Nigeria Limited and as Audit Committee Chairman and Independent non-Executive Director of Transaction Capital Limited. She also previously served as interim CFO and Executive Director of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited, (formerly Etisalat Nigeria).

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Lindiwe Mthimunye
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Lindiwe brings to the Board a wealth of accounting, operational management, investment banking, FMCG, retail and commercial real estate experience. She has previously held a variety of senior and executive leadership roles, including Group Chief Financial Officer of Petro SA and is currently the Managing Director of Petroleum Investments Partners. She is also a seasoned and experienced non-Executive Director, having held board roles in listed and non-listed entities in a number of sectors including in: retail, FMCG, construction, automotive and financial services. She currently serves on the Boards and Committees of large corporates, including Pioneer Foods Limited, Torre Industries Limited, Metrofile Limited and Sabvest Limited.

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Non-Executive directors
Charles Redfield
Executive Vice President, Food, Walmart U.S.
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Charles is the executive vice president of the Walmart U.S food division. He is responsible for the overall strategy, assortment, private brands and sourcing for all of Walmart’s U.S business food categories. Since assuming the role in 2015, and because of the size of the business he leads, Charles and his team have contributed significantly to 21 consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales performance at Walmart U.S.

Charles’ career at Walmart began as a cashier at Sam’s Club in 1988 while attending college at the University of Arkansas. After completing his degree, Charles began his full-time career as an assistant manager with Sam’s Club and progressed into further leadership roles in field operations. Charles briefly left Sam’s Club to work for the Canadian retailer, Hudson Bay, in 1998 and returned to Sam’s Club in 1999 as a director of operations. He then joined the merchandising team leading the fresh division. In 2001, he was promoted to vice president and divisional merchandise manager followed by senior vice president and general merchandise manager.

Charles’ international experience grew further when he served as the chief merchandising officer of ASDA, Walmart’s U.K. subsidiary. During his two years with ASDA, Charles brought renewed simplicity, clarity and purpose to the U.K. merchant team, and played an integral role in the price leadership and quality step-change experienced by U.K. customers. Charles returned to the U.S. in May 2012 to serve as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Sam’s Club, having sourcing and merchandising responsibility for the brand’s more than 650 locations nationwide.

Originally from Bentonville, Ark., Charles graduated from the University of Arkansas. He is on the board of the global Walmart Foundation, as well as the boards of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, the Razorback Foundation at the University of Arkansas, and Bentonville-based Arvest Bank.

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JP Suarez
Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Walmart International
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JP was previously a Walmart-Appointed nominee on the Board until his resignation on 26 May 2017. With his extensive international retail experience and knowledge of the Massmart business, JP will add significant value to the Massmart business and Board discussions. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart International with responsibility for International Technology, International Supply Chain and International Leverage, and previously held various senior executive roles including, more recently as Executive Vice President, Realty for Walmart U.S.A.

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Mitchell Slape
Chief Executive Officer
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Mitch joined Massmart on 1 September 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He has been with Walmart since 1995 and has held several important leadership positions, including global roles in Argentina, Korea, Mexico, Japan and the International Support Center. In his leadership roles, Mitch led all merger and acquisition activity for Walmart International, assumed responsibility for Superama Supermarkets in Mexico and ran operations for the India business prior to joining the Walmart US team. Mitch joined Walmart Japan in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Store Operations, eCommerce, Marketing and Format Strategy segments of the Japan business. Mitch is fluent in Spanish and received his Masters of International Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management and his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Wichita State University.

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Mohammed Abdool-Samad
Chief Financial Officer
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Prior to joining Massmart, Mohammed was Group Finance Director at Illovo Sugar, Africa since 2011. Before Illovo Sugar, he spent a decade in various executive finance roles within Anglo American plc. Mohammed is a qualified CA (SA) and has a BCom from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Dr. Liziwe Masoga
Senior Vice President Chief People Officer
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Dr. Masoga joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2020.

Dr. Liziwe Masoga is a seasoned Executive who has worked in Retail and Financial Services industries over the last 25 years. Prior to joining Massmart, Dr. Masoga was the Executive for People, Brand & Customer Experience at Old Mutual Insure, and Head of People Operations and Discovery Holdings. Dr Masoga holds a Doctorate in Consulting Psychology and completed an Executive Development Programme through Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in London. Dr. Masoga has had several speaking engagements through conferences, seminars and roundtables. Her ability to use storytelling in addressing complex and sometimes sensitive topics makes her relatable.

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Varsha Dayaram
Senior Vice President Group Financial Services
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Varsha joined Massmart in March 2018 as Group Financial Services: Finance Executive. She has 18 years of Financial Services experience and has been instrumental in the growth of financial services in Massmart. Prior to this, Varsha held various leadership roles within the Corporate and Investment Banking team at Standard Bank, including Transactional Product Services: South African Sales Head – Strategic Segment; Leveraged Finance; and Coverage: Unit Head. She also spent four years at Alexander Forbes as Executive Head: Business Development. Varsha qualified as a CA(SA) in 2002 and completed the International Executive Development Programme via GIBS and the University of Rotterdam in 2009.

Varsha was appointed Group Financial Services Executive and joined the Massmart Executive Committee on 1 August 2019.

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Doug Jones
Chief Executive Senior Vice President Massmart Wholesale
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After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 Doug moved to Toronto, Canada with Deloitte. After spending a year with MarketLink Enterprises, an eCommerce consultancy, he joined Coca-Cola Enterprises in Toronto for a number of years before returning to South Africa to join ABI (The Soft Drink Division of SAB Limited). Doug joined Makro as Finance Director in 2007 and became Commercial Director in 2010. Doug was appointed Divisional Managing Director in September 2012, and joined the Massmart Executive Committee at the same time. He was appointed as Divisional CEO in April 2014, and was Chairman of the Massmart Pension and Provident Funds from 2009 until 2015.

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Louise Lackay-Walters
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
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Louise graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005 after completing a BComm (law) and LLB degree. Her professional journey started in a boutique law firm, Senekal Simmonds Inc, where she served her articles and later practiced as a lawyer under the guidance of John Senekal. In 2010 she joined Total South Africa as a junior legal advisor and subsequently held various positions including serving as the Ethics Compliance and Risk Manager for 3 years. In this role she reported to the Finance and Risk Committee and the Transformation, Social and Ethics Committee of the Total Board of Directors. Louise has extensive experience in the implementation of ethics and compliance programmes covering Anti-Corruption, Anti-Fraud, Anti-Trust, Economic Sanctions and Protection of Personal Information in South Africa and sub-Saharan countries. She was also the Chairperson of the Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Total.

She joined Massmart In January 2019 as the Anti-Corruption Executive and joined the Massmart Executive Committee in June 2019.

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Brian Leroni
Senior Vice President Massmart Corporate Affairs
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Brian’s work experience includes executive positions at Masstores Proprietary Limited, an associate partner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Marketing Director at CNA. He joined Massmart as Group Projects Executive in September 2004 and was appointed Group Corporate Affairs Executive in September 2005. Brian joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2007.

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Sandile Lukhele
Senior Vice President General Counsel and Company Secretary
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Sandile joined Massmart October 2020, as SVP, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary. In addition to this role, he serves as a member of Massmart’s Executive Committee. Sandile has more than 22 years of legal experience in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, advisory in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt restructuring transactions, lending and structured transactions, B-BBEE and equity equivalent transactions.

Prior to joining the company, Sandile served as a partner and Head of Legal with PwC South Africa, and he has worked with a number of law firms both global and locally focused.
Admitted as an attorney of the High Court South Africa, Sandile received his LL.B from the University of Witwatersrand, and B. Juris from University of the Western Cape.

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Llewellyn Walters
Chief Executive Senior Vice President Massmart Retail
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Llewellyn spent thirteen years in the banking industry where he held senior positions in a number of specialist financial institutions before joining ABSA. In June 2003, Llewellyn joined Super Group, a JSE-listed supply chain and logistics company where his last position was Divisional MD responsible for the group’s African operations. He joined Massmart in November 2008 as Divisional Chief Executive for Builders Warehouse, later becoming responsible for the whole division, and was appointed to the Massmart Executive Committee upon joining.

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Richard Inskip
Group Chief Operating Officer
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After graduating Richard worked for a number of companies during the 1980’s, including Edgars and SPL. Richard joined Woolworths in 1991. He was appointed to the board in 1998 and retired as the Director Operations and Financial Services (Group COO) in 2008 having served on the Holding company and multiple subsidiary boards. Richard served as the Chairman of the Wooltru Healthcare fund for 6 years as well as a trustee of the Pension fund. During this period he was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Goods Council of SA and served on the external boards of Netactive and Business Recovery Services and attended a Strategic Management course at Harvard. After retiring from Woolworths, Richard spent some time developing and operating a game and hospitality ranch. He then co-founded Cafeine Retail Consulting which serves most of the large South African retail companies, as well as co-founding a food manufacturing company, Food by Staple. Richard served as a retail advisor to 8 Miles plc (pan African private equity fund) and served on the AVI board until he joined Massmart in January 2017.

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