OUR
LEADERSHIP

 
    Sappi board committee memberships:
  Audit and Risk Committee
  Human Resources and Compensation Committee
  Nomination and Governance Committee
  Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee
*   Committee Chairman
 
     

 



Non-executive directors

     

Sir Nigel Rudd (72)
Independent Chairman

Qualifications: DL, Chartered Accountant
Nationality: British
Appointed: April 2006

Skills, expertise and experience Sir Nigel Rudd has held various senior management and board positions in a career spanning more than 35 years. He founded Williams plc in 1982, one of the largest industrial holding companies in the United Kingdom (UK). Sir Nigel Rudd brings his expertise in finance, management, governance and leadership to the Sappi board.

 

   

Michael Anthony Fallon
(Mike) (61)
Independent

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) (first class)
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2011

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Fallon brings management and leadership experience that extends across a wide range of functions from research and development, human resources, finance, plant management, sales and marketing and supply chain to general management, including mergers and acquisitions.

 

   

Nkateko Peter Mageza
(Peter) (64)
Independent

Qualifications: FCCA (UK)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: January 2010

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Mageza brings his knowledge and experience having held senior executive positions across a wide range of industries.

 

   

John David McKenzie
(Jock) (72)
Lead independent director

Qualifications: BSc (Chemical Engineering) (cum laude), MA, PMD
Nationality: South African
Appointed: September 2007

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr McKenzie joined the Sappi board after having held senior executive positions globally and in South Africa, in the public and private sectors. His experience includes strategy, leadership and governance, among others.

 

 
                     
     

Dr Bonakele Mehlomakulu
(Boni) (46)
Independent

Qualifications: PhD (Chemical Engineering)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: March 2017

Skills, expertise and experience
With a PhD in chemical engineering, Dr Mehlomakulu has experience and expertise in engineering, management and leadership.

 

 

   

Mohammed Valli Moosa
(Valli) (62)
Independent

Qualifications: BSc (Mathematics and Physics)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: August 2010

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Moosa has held numerous leadership positions across business, government, politics and civil society in South Africa and internationally.
Mr Moosa has expertise in finance, general business and mining and is an international expert on sustainable development and climate change.

 

   

Karen Rohn Osar (70)
Independent

Qualifications: MBA (Finance)
Nationality: American
Appointed: May 2007

Skills, expertise and experience
Mrs Osar has extensive experience across multiple industries and brings her expertise in leadership, corporate activities and financing to the Sappi board.

 

   

Robertus Johannes Antonius Maria Renders
(Rob Jan) (66)
Independent

Qualifications: MSc (Mechanical Engineering), MDP
Nationality: Dutch
Appointed: October 2015

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Renders currently serves as a business consultant and brings to the board his extensive experience in governance and leadership as well as operational expertise in manufacturing and packaging internationally.

 

 
                     
                     
     

Brian Richard Beamish
(Brian) (62)
Independent

Qualifications: Sc (Mechanical Engineering), HBS PMD
Nationality: British/South African
Appointed: March 2019

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Beamish, a qualified mechanical engineer, brings more than 40 years’ experience in management, business and leadership in capital intensive industries to the board.

   

Zola Nwabisa Malinga
(41)
Independent

Qualifications: BCom, CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: October 2018

Skills, expertise and experience
Mrs Malinga has over 10 years’ experience in investment banking and corporate finance, having held senior roles at various financial institutions. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Jade Capital Partners, a women-owned investment holding company.

   

James Michael Lopez
(Jim) (59)
Independent

Qualifications: BA (Economics)
Nationality: American
Appointed: March 2019

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Lopez brings his experience as the former President and CEO of Tembec Inc (2006 – 2017) a manufacturer of lumber, pulp, paper/paperboard and speciality cellulose and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices.

   

Janice Elaine Stipp
(Janice) (60)
Independent

Qualifications: BA (Accounting), MBA
Nationality: American
Appointed: June 2019

Skills, expertise and experience
Ms Stipp brings with her a wealth of experience in leadership, finance and treasury to the Sappi board.

 
                     
                     

Executive directors

                   
             

Stephen Robert Binnie
Steve) (52)
Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Nationality: British
Appointed: August 2010

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Binnie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited in July 2014 and brings extensive experience in financial management, leadership, corporate activity and strategy to the role.

   

Glen Thomas Pearce
(56)
Chief Financial Officer

Qualifications: BCom, BCom (Hons), CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: July 2014

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Pearce joined Sappi Limited in June 1997 and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Sappi Limited in July 2014. Mr Pearce has extensive financial management experience, both locally and abroad.

             
                     

Executive management

                   
             

Berend John Wiersum
(Berry) (63)
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe

Qualifications: MA (Medieval and Modern History)
Appointed: January 2007

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Wiersum brings vast experience in the paper and packaging industry across Europe, as well as mergers and acquisitions, to the Sappi board.

   

Mark Gardner (64)
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi North America

Qualifications: BSc (Industrial Technology)
Appointed: September 1981

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Gardner, who has qualifications in statistical process control, management effectiveness design, change management and business optimisation, offers his experience in manufacturing, production and supply chain management to the Sappi board.

   

Michael George Haws
(Mike) (56)
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi North America

Qualifications: BSc (Paper Science and Engineering)
Appointed: October 2019

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Haws brings his extensive industry leadership and strategy experience to the business. Mr Haws was integral to the development and execution of Sappi’s 2020Vision and the investments made in North America to grow the dissolving wood pulp and packaging and speciality papers businesses.

   

Alexander van Coller Thiel
(Alex) (58)
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi
Southern Africa

Qualifications: BSc (Mechanical
Engineering), MBA (Financial Management and Information Technology)
Appointed: December 1989

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Thiel has a long history with Sappi. His experience and expertise includes marketing, logistics, procurement, strategy and operations across Europe and Southern Africa.

 
                     
             

Gary Roy Bowles
(59)
Group Head Technology

Qualifications: BSc (Electrical Engineering), GCC, PR Eng, PMD, EDP
Appointed: November 1990

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Bowles brings more than 28 years of experience with Sappi as well as expertise in engineering, research, manufacturing, project execution, operational and risk management to his role.

   

Mohamed Mansoor
(52)
Executive Vice President of Sappi Dissolving Wood Pulp

Qualifications: BSc (Chemistry and Mathematics), BSc (Hons) (Chemistry), MBA
Appointed: August 1991

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Mansoor’s expertise includes contract negotiation and management, supply chain management, strategic planning, sales management, key account management, dissolving wood pulp, international logistics and technical application support.

   

Fergus Conan Salvador Marupen
(Fergus) (54)
Group Head Human Resources

Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Psychology), BEd (Education Management), MBA, LCOR
(Stanford University)
Appointed: March 2015

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Marupen’s experience across a variety of industries in South Africa enables him to offer insight into human resources, governance and management, among many other fields.

   

Maarten van Hoven
(46)
Group Head Strategy and Legal

Qualifications: BProc, LLM (International Business Law)
Appointed: December 2011

Skills, expertise and experience
s an admitted attorney of the High Court in South Africa, Mr van Hoven brings expertise in corporate, commercial and competition law, in the private and public sectors, as well as experience in mergers and acquisitions.