• Non-Executive Directors
  • AVI Executive Team
  • Operational Management

Mike has over 35 years’ business experience in both SA & global markets. He served as CEO of RDI REIT PLC, a dual-listed property investment company (LSE/JSE) from 2006 until his retirement in 2020. He has held managerial roles in Corporate Finance Division of Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank; Nels-Bliss Dairy Group, Pegasus III (Anglo American Property Services' subsidiary) & the Corovest Property Group. He has also held numerous non-executive directorships of listed companies in SA, UK & Australia. Mike was appointed to the AVI Board on 1 June 2023, & was appointed Chairman of the board on 1 July 2023.

NED-MIKE-WATTERS

Michael John Watters

Independent non-executive Chairman

Age: 65
Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) (University of Witwatersrand), Graduate Diploma (Project and Financial Management) (University of Witwatersrand), MBA (University of Cape Town)
Directorships: 
AVI Limited, Afine Investment Limited

Maserame was a Group Executive Director at Old Mutual Limited, where she led the company’s marketing, public affairs, and sustainability function across 13 markets in Sub Sahara Africa. Prior to joining Old Mutual Limited, she worked for Coca-Cola Africa, Unilever, and Kellogg’s. Maserame was appointed to the AVI Board on 1 August 2023.

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Maserame Mouyeme

Independent non-executive director

Age: 58
Qualifications:
Bachelor of Social Sciences and Graduate Diploma (University of Cape Town), MBA (University of West London), Executive Leadership Development Program (Harvard University)
Directorships:
AVI Limited, Nahana Communications Group (Pty) Ltd.

Steve joined PA Becker & Company in 1981 as a trainee Chartered Accountant and was admitted to the partnership in 1991. After the PA Becker merger with KPMG in 1992, he became an audit partner in the Industrial, Automotive, and Pharmaceutical business unit. Steve was the audit partner on several high profile clients and acted as the engagement quality review partner on a number of large listed companies. Steve has 30 years of experience as an audit partner. Steve was appointed to the AVI Board on 1 March 2023.

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Steve Robinson

Independent non-executive director

Age: 64
Qualifications:
Bachelor of Accounting Science (Hons) (UNISA), Higher Diploma in Computer Audit (University of Witwatersrand), CA (SA)
Directorships:
AVI Limited, Rodl & Partner (Pty) Ltd.

Alex completed her articles at PwC in 2003. She joined the PwC partnership in 2010 until February 2019. Since 2014, Alex was responsible for heading up the Governance, Risk and Internal Audit practice in the Financial Services Assurance division at PwC. Alex was appointed to the AVI Board on 1 July 2019.

NED-ALEX

Alexandra Muller

Independent non-executive director

Age: 46
Qualifications: 
BAcc, BAcc Honours (Unisa), CA(SA)

Directorships:
AVI Limited

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.

AVI ET-SIMON

Simon L Crutchley

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Age: 60
Qualifications: 
BBusSci (UCT)
Directorships: 
AVI Limited

Michael joined AVI in 2002 as business development analyst and was appointed to the role of business development executive in January 2011 and thereafter as business development director in September 2013 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. In September 2023 Michael also took on the role of Acting Managing Director of National Brands, which role he performs in addition to his role as business development director.

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Michael Koursaris

Business Development Director, Executive Director, Acting Managing Director: National Brands Limited

Age: 47
Qualifications: 
BCom Finance (Hons), HDip Com Law (Wits), MBA (Columbia), CFA
Directorships:
AVI Limited

Justin is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He completed his articles at KPMG in 2003 whereafter he was employed as Audit Manager and Senior Audit Manager. Justin joined the AVI Group in 2009 as the NBL Finance Executive, subsequently being promoted to: AVI Group Financial Manager (2010), Snackworks Financial Director (2015), and NBL Financial Director (2017). Justin was appointed to the AVI board as Chief Financial Officer in January 2022.

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Justin O’Meara

Chief Financial Officer

Age: 45
Qualifications: 
BCom Acc (UJ), BCom Acc Hons (UJ), CA(SA)
Directorships:
AVI Limited

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.

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Vivien Crystal

Executive: Group Legal

Age: 63
Qualifications: 
B.Proc (Unisa)

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.

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Catherine Makin

Executive: Group Marketing

Age: 60
Qualifications: 
BBusSci (UCT)

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 Managing Director of National Brands. She has had extensive exposure to all aspects of the of the business over this period. In October 2023 Gaynor was appointed to the role of Special Projects Executive at the AVI Head Office. On 1 March 2024 she also took on the role of Acting Managing Director of Indigo Brands.

OPMAN-GAYNOR

Gaynor Poretti

Special Projects Executive, Acting Managing Director: Indigo Brands

Age: 54
Qualifications: 
B Com (Wits), B Compt Hons ( Unisa), CA (SA)

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.

OPMAN-ROELF

Roelf van der Laan

Director: Financial Shared Services

Age: 56
Qualifications: 
CA(SA)

Roger joined AVI in 2000 and has been in various senior management positions running Willard’s, Real Beverage Company and Denny Mushrooms. In 2011, Roger left AVI to continue running Denny under RMB and Libstar. In 2017, Roger returned to AVI and after managing the closure and restructure of the Green Cross operations, he took on the management of the International Division. From September 2020 to the end of February 2024 Roger also took on the role of Acting Managing Director of Indigo Brands. From 1 March 2024 Roger has been appointed as the Acting Managing Director of I&J.

OPMAN-ROGER

Roger Coppin

Managing Director: AVI International, Acting Managing Director: I&J

Age: 64
Qualifications: 
Matric

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.

OPMAN-EUGENE

Eugene van der Merwe

Executive: IT Shared Services

Age: 46
Qualifications: 
BMSc