Our leadership

Non-executive directors

Nigel Rudd   Michael Anthony Fallon   Nkateko Peter Mageza  

Sappi board committee memberships:

Audit and Risk Committee Audit and Risk Committee
Human Resources and Compensation Committee Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Nomination and Governance Committee Nomination and Governance Committee
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Sir Nigel Rudd (71)
Independent Chairman
Qualifications:
DL, Chartered Accountant Nationality: British
Appointed: April 2006

Skills, expertise and experience

Having founded Williams plc, one of the largest industrial holding companies in the United Kingdom, and with more than 35 years of experience, Sir Nigel Rudd brings his expertise in finance, management, governance and leadership to the Sappi board.

 

Michael Anthony Fallon (Mike) (60)
Independent
Qualifications: BSc Hons (First Class) Nationality: British Appointed: September 2011

Skills, expertise and experience

Mr Fallon’s management and leadership experience extend across a wide range of functions from plant management, sales and marketing and supply chain to general management, and includes mergers and acquisitions, strategy development and governance.

 

Nkateko Peter Mageza (Peter) (64) Independent
Qualifications: FCCA (UK) Nationality:
South African Appointed: January 2010

Skills, expertise and experience

With expertise in leadership and management, Mr Mageza has held senior executive positions across a wide range of industries.

 
             
John David McKenzie   Mohammed Valli Moosa   Mohammed Valli Moosa   Karen Rohn Osar

John David McKenzie (Jock) (71)
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, amongst 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) (61)
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 (69)
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   Dr Rudolf Thummer   Dr Deenadayalen Konar   Robert John DeKoch

Robertus Johannes Antonius Maria Renders (Rob Jan) (65)
Independent
Qualifications: MSc (Mechanical Engineering), MDP
Nationality: Dutch
Appointed: October 2015

Skills, expertise and experience

Currently a business consultant, Mr Renders has extensive experience in governance and leadership as well as operational expertise in manufacturing and packaging internationally.

 

Dr Rudolf Thummer* (71)
Independent
Qualifications: Dr Techn (Polymer Science), Dipl-Ing
Nationality: Austrian Appointed: February 2010 Retired: December 2017

Skills, expertise and experience

Dr Thummer has worked in the pulp and paper industry for many years, developing a depth of experience in research and development as well as technology and innovation.
* Retired during current reporting period.

 

Dr Deenadayalen Konar* (Len) (64)
Independent
Qualifications:
BCom, MAS, DCom, CA(SA), CRMA
Nationality: South African
Appointed:
March 2002
Retired:
January 2018

Skills, expertise and experience

As the previous Professor and Head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Durban-Westville, and current member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa and the SA Institute of Directors, Dr Konar has a wealth of experience in governance, accountancy and oversight.
* Retired during current reporting period.

 

Robert John DeKoch (Bob) (66)
Non-independent
Qualifications:
BA (Chemistry), MBA Nationality: American
Appointed: March 2013
Retired: August 2018

Skills, expertise and experience

Mr DeKoch’s experience includes production and mill management, coupled with a deep understanding of leadership thinking.

Race (South Africa only)   Gender   Independence   Tenure
Race (South Africa only)   Gender   Independence   Tenure

Executive directors

Stephen Robert Binnie   Glen Thomas Pearce  

Sappi board committee memberships:

Audit and Risk Committee Audit and Risk Committee
Human Resources and Compensation Committee Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Nomination and Governance Committee Nomination and Governance Committee
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Stephen Robert Binnie (Steve) (51)
Chief Executive Officer
Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2012

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

Attends meetings of all other board committees by invitation.

 

Glen Thomas Pearce (55)
Chief Financial Officer
Qualifications: BCom, BCom Hons, CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: July 2014

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

 

 

       

Executive management

  Tenure
Tenure
  Age
Age
  Berend John Wiersum
 

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 a deep experience to the Sappi board, with experience in the paper and packaging industry across Europe, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

         
Mark Gardner   Alexander van Coller Thiel   Gary Bowles

Mark Gardner (63)
President and Chief Executive Officer of
Sappi North America
Qualifications: BSc (Industrial Technology)
Appointed: September 1981

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

 

Alexander van Coller Thiel (Alex) (57)
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 Bowles (58)
Group Head Technology
Qualifications: BSc (Electrical Engineering),
GCC, PR Eng, PMD, EDP
Appointed: November 1990

Skills, expertise and experience
With 28 years’ experience with Sappi, Mr Bowles has a deep understanding of the organisation. Mr Bowles has expertise in engineering, research, manufacturing, project execution, operational and risk management.

         
Mohamed Mansoor   Fergus Marupen   Maarten van Hoven

Mohamed Mansoor (51)
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 Marupen (53)
Group Head Human Resources
Qualifications: BA Hons (Psychology),
BEd (Education Management), MBA
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, amongst many other fields.

 

Maarten van Hoven (45)
Group Head Strategy and Legal
Qualifications: BProc, LLM (International Business Law)
Appointed: December 2011

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