Simon L Crutchley

Simon was a co-founder of Otterbea International (Pty) Ltd, an international trading business based in South Africa. He was appointed managing director of Consol Limited in 1997 and oversaw the successful turnaround of that company. He joined the AVI Board in 1999, was appointed business development director in 2002 and Chief Executive Officer in October 2005.

Simon L Crutchley

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Age: 52
Qualifications: 
BBusSci (UCT)
Directorships: 
AVI Limited
Owen P Cressey

Owen was admitted as a chartered accountant in 1990 and held senior financial management posts in the Anglo American Group. Owen joined AVI in September 2005 as Group Financial Manager. He was appointed to the AVI Board as Chief Financial Officer in May 2006.

Owen P Cressey

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Age: 50
Qualifications: 
DipAcc (Natal), CA(SA)
Directorships: 
AVI Limited
Michael Koursaris

Michael joined AVI in 2002 as business development analyst and was appointed to the role of business development executive in January 2011. Prior to joining AVI Michael held the position of associate at New York headquartered financial management consultancy Stern Stewart and Co., working in its Johannesburg office from 1999 to 2002. Michael was appointed to the AVI Board on 9 September 2013.

Michael Koursaris

Business Development Director and Executive Director

Age: 39
Qualifications: 
BComm, Hons (Finance), HDip Comm Law (Wits), MBA (Columbia), CFA
Directorships:
AVI Limited
Vivien Crystal

After being admitted as an attorney in 1995, Vivien spent 5 years in general legal practice before moving into the corporate legal environment with companies in the chemical and hospitality industry. She joined AVI in 2005 with the Real Beverage Company and moved to AVI head office as Legal Advisor in 2007. She was appointed to the position of Group Legal Executive in 2013.

Vivien Crystal

Executive: Group Legal

Age: 57
Qualifications: 
B.Proc (Unisa)
Catherine Makin

Catherine spent 10 years in advertising and communications in the United Kingdom where she was a Board Account Director of Leo Burnett London until 1998. On her return to South Africa she consulted to, amongst others, Consol Limited, and from 2000 has held various positions in the AVI group. She was appointed Group Marketing Executive in 2008.

Catherine Makin

Executive: Group Marketing

Age: 53
Qualifications: 
BBusSci (UCT)
Gavin R Tipper

Gavin completed his articles at KPMG in 1987. He went on to hold the position of technical partner at the firm before joining Coronation Holdings Limited in 2001 as chief operating officer. Gavin left the Coronation group in 2011 and now serves on a number of boards. He was appointed to the AVI Board on 26 March 2007 and was appointed Chairman of the board on 1 July 2012.

Gavin R Tipper

Chairman of the Board; Member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Appointments Committee

Age: 52
Qualifications: 
BCom, BAcc (Wits), MBA (UCT), CA(SA)
Directorships: 
AVI Limited, Interwaste Holdings Limited, Coronation Investments & Trading Limited, York Timber Holdings Limited and Chairman of CIREF Ltd, an AIM London listed company
Neo P Dongwana (nee Hani)

Neo is a chartered accountant and currently serves as an independent non-executive director for a number of companies. In addition to being on the boards, she also serves on a number of audit committees and social and ethics committees. She was previously an audit partner at Deloitte and before that an equities analyst at Sanlam Investment Management. Neo serves as a member of the Financial Services Board (FSB) Appeal Board and is a trustee of the Women’s Development Bank. Neo was appointed to the AVI Board on 15 March 2011.

Neo P Dongwana (nee Hani)

Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee; Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Age: 45
Qualifications: 
BCom (Cape Town), BCom Hons (Cape Town), Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (Cape Town), CA(SA)
Directorships: 
AVI Limited, Barloworld Limited, Mutual and Federal Insurance Company Limited, Mpact Limited, South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd
Abe M Thebyane

Abe is group executive: human resources, Nedbank Group Limited. Previously he was executive head: human resources, Anglo Platinum Limited and executive director: human resources, Iscor Limited. In addition, Abe has held senior human resources and business-related positions in various South Africa companies, i.e. General Electric SA (Pty) Ltd, Gemini Consulting, etc. Abe was appointed to the AVI Board on 3 December 2010.

Abe M Thebyane

Member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Appointments Committee

Age: 56
Qualifications: 
BAdmin from the University of the North; Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management from Wits Business School; Diploma in Company Direction from the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology; MBA from De Montfort University, UK
Directorships: 
AVI Limited, Reagile IHS (Pty) Ltd
Adriaan Nühn

Adriaan started his career as a financial analyst with Xerox Corporation, after which he spent ten years with Richardson Vicks Proctor and Gamble in Belgium, South Africa, Sweden and Austria. He thereafter spent seventeen years with the Sara Lee Corporation, the last six years of which he was CEO and chairman of the board of management of Sara Lee International. Adriaan was appointed to the AVI Board on 14 November 2007.

Adriaan Nühn

Chairman of the Remuneration, Nomination and Appointments Committee

Age: 64
Qualifications:
BBBusAdmin (Hogere Economische School, Eindhoven, The Netherlands), MBA (Univ of Puget Sound, Washington)
Directorships:
AVI Limited, Kuoni AG, Cloetta AB, Plukon Food Group NV, Sligro Food Group NV, H.G. International BV
Andisiwe Kawa

Andy is a business-woman with a portfolio of interests. She is chairman of Interwaste Holdings and Chuma Holdings and is a trustee of the Chuma Foundation. Apart from her business interests, Andy plays a significant role in social development. She has an interest in advocacy work against gender-based violence and is founder and chairman of Kwanele-Enuf Foundation. She is a Rotarian and fellow of Africa Leadership Initiative of South Africa and the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Andy was appointed to the AVI Board on 15 July 2010.

Andisiwe Kawa

Member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Appointments Committee

Age: 55
Qualifications:
MBA (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania), MA, Ed M (Columbia University), BSc (Walter Sisulu University)
Directorships:
AVI Limited, Interwaste Holdings Limited, Chuma Holdings (Pty) Ltd
James R Hersov

James was co-founder and joint managing director of Otterbea International (Pty) Limited from 1989 to 1994. From 1994 to 1998 he served on the board and the executive committee of Anglovaal Limited. He served on the board of Aveng Limited from 1999 until 2008 and was also a member of its audit and risk committee. He has served as a director of Control Instruments Group Limited and Wesbank. He was the executive chairman of Amatheon Agri Zambia (Pty) Limited from 2011 through 2014. James was appointed to the AVI Limited Board on 23 March 1995.

James R Hersov

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Age: 52
Qualifications:
MA (Cantab)
Directorships:
AVI Limited
Michael J Bosman

Mike is the former CEO of One Digital Media. Prior to that he was the Group CEO of TBWA, which included South Africa’s top-ranked creative advertising agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris, chairman of several other communication companies in the TBWA group, and executive director of FCB Worldwide, an advertising agency group based in New York. Mike was appointed to the AVI Board on 1 March 2010.

Michael J Bosman

Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee

Age: 56
Qualifications:
B Com (Hons) LLM (CapeTown) AMP(Harvard) CA(SA)
Directorships:
AVI Limited

Gaynor Poretti

Gaynor who joined the Group after completing her articles with KPMG in 1993, has intermittently had 19 years’ experience within the Group, most recently as the Finance Director of Snackworks, She has had extensive financial exposure to the IT , FMCG and Customer Services spheres of the business over this period, having worked in the Tea, Coffee, Creamer, Oil , Salt business culminating in her appointment as Managing Director of Snackworks in  2012 and Entyce in 2016.

Gaynor Poretti

Managing Director: Snackworks & Entyce

Age: 48
Qualifications: 
B Com (Wits), B Compt Hons ( Unisa), CA (SA)
Robert Lunt

Robert joined Yardley in 1984 as an Assistant Product Manager. He was appointed Marketing Director in 1989 and then Managing Director of Indigo in 1996. In September 2005, Robert was appointed Divisional Director for Semi-Durable Brands and subsequently Managing Director of Spitz in 2008. In 2014 Robert moved back to Cape Town as Managing Director of Indigo Brands.

Robert Lunt

Managing Director: Indigo Brands

Age: 57
Qualifications: 
Bcom (Marketing) Unisa
John (Jonty) Jankovich-Besan

Soon after qualifying as a chartered accountant, Jonty spent thirteen years in the UK, gaining professional and leadership experience in a number of organisations, including British Airways, T-Mobile and Cable and Wireless. In 2008, Jonty returned to South Africa with his family, where as CFO of Supergroup, he led their recapitalisation before joining AVI at Irvin and Johnson as the finance director. Jonty was appointed managing director in June 2013.

John (Jonty) Jankovich-Besan

Chief Executive Officer: I&J

Age: 49
Qualifications: 
CA(SA)
Tracey Chiappini-Young

Tracey has nineteen years of diverse business strategy, retail and investment management experience. Prior to joining Green Cross she managed various mutual and private equity investment funds for HSBC, BOE Asset Management and Quaystone Limited.  She later held the position of CEO of both the CIDA Empowerment and TSIBA Investment Funds. In 2011, Tracey co-founded specialist online luxury brand Taunina. A qualified Chartered Financial Analyst, Tracey has an honours degree in Finance and Economics, and is a graduate of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Programme, as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Tracey Chiappini-Young

Managing Director: Green Cross

Age: 44
Qualifications: 
Business Science Honours in Economics and Finance (UCT),CFA (CFA Institute),Associate Degree in International Trade and Product Development (Fashion Institute of Technology New York),Trium Executive MBA (London School of Economics, NYU Stern, HEC Paris)
Keith Phillips

Prior to joining AVI, Keith spent three years as Group Financial Manager at PAG Ltd and 10 years at First National Bank. In 1992, Keith joined Willards Foods, which was sold shortly thereafter to National Brands Ltd. In 2002, he was appointed to the board as Executive Director Finance and in 2006, he was appointed as head of the Finance Shared Service Centre for the AVI group. Earlier in 2016, Keith was appointed Managing Director of AVI International.

Keith Phillips

Managing Director: AVI International

Age: 55
Qualifications: 
BCom Informatics (UNISA)
Paul Hanlon

Paul Hanlon has spent the last 20 years developing capabilities within coffee manufacturing and cultivating relationships and insights in the ‘away-from-home’ or foodservice market. He has been a constant player in building and sustaining AVI’s leadership position within the coffee industry over the past two decades. Prior to being appointed MD of Ciro Beverage Solutions in 2012, Paul was Operations Executive with distribution, manufacturing, technical, training and sales falling under his stewardship.

Paul Hanlon

Managing Director - Ciro Beverage Solutions

Age: 47
Qualifications: 
Prod Mgmt. Dip (P.E Tech)
Roelf van der Laan

Prior to joining AVI, Roelf spend 20 years at Barloworld, initially at Barloworld Equipment and later at Barloworld Handling. Starting as an accountant, Roelf progressed during his time there to hold various positions in a number of divisions.  In March 2016, Roelf joined AVI as the Director of Financial Shared Services.

Roelf van der Laan

Director: Financial Shared Services

Age: 49
Qualifications: 
CA(SA)
 David Hood

David spent 13 years with Unilever, the last 5 years in the role of Sales and Distribution Director for their foods business. He joined I&J in 1999, being responsible for the Sales and Distribution division, which resulted in the forming of Vector Logistics as a stand-alone business unit reporting to AVI, and Rainbow farms post the sale of the business. He rejoined AVI in March 2007 to head up Logistics Shared Services.

David Hood

Director: Logistics and Field Marketing Shared Services

Age: 58
Qualifications: 
BAgric (Univ Natal, Pietermaritzburg)
Eugene van der Merwe

Eugene joined AVI in May of 2015, as the Infrastructure Services Executive for the AVI Group. Eugene is an established IT practitioner with extensive experience in Manufacturing, Retail, Avionics and Mining. Most of his working career was gained at Business Connexion and UCS Solutions, where he held the position of Infrastructure Executive: Strategy, Technical Application Development and Support Services. Eugene was appointed as the Executive for ITSS in August 2016 to head up group IT service.

Eugene van der Merwe

Executive: IT Shared Services

Age: 39
Qualifications: 
BMSc