BOARD OF DIRECTORS   

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Andrew Naude - Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director (CEO & MD)

Andrew Naude is the DRA Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, based in Perth, Australia. Andrew joined DRA in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of strategic leadership, financial and commercial expertise and executive management experience to his role within the organisation.

For the last three years Andrew served as DRA’s Chief Financial Officer and Strategy Director responsible for Group-wide financial and commercial activities, including mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments, as well as leading the group corporate services functions. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Andrew is accountable for the operational management of the Group’s business activities. Andrew has an in-depth understanding of management which drives operational excellence throughout the organisation and enhances in-house capabilities to increase value to clients.

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant who holds a B.Comm. Honors degree and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Leon Uys - Non-Executive Board Member

Leon Uys is a non-executive member of the DRA Global board of directors. Leon actively worked for DRA Global for 23 years where he was instrumental in the organisation’s growth. Before joining DRA Global, Leon gained almost a ten years’ of industry experience. He joined DRA Global in 1987 and retired from his position as CEO in 2013, currently Leon guides the organisation at board level by setting the strategic direction for the global business.

Leon qualified from the University of Witwatersrand as a Mechanical Engineer in 1988 and also holds a MDP Project Management from the University of South Africa.

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Paul Salomon - Non-Executive Director

Paul Salomon joined Stockdale Street in 2011 and is responsible for leading the team that governs the Oppenheimer Family’s South African Private Equity interests.

The Oppenheimer Family were the founders of Anglo American and led DeBeers for 85 years (from 1927 until 2012). As a result, the Oppenheimer Family has four generations of investing experience on the African continent.

Prior to joining Stockdale Street, Paul was the co-founder of Altirah Capital, a South African private equity & venture capital house. Before this, Paul was the Chief Financial Officer of Everest Capital (Pty) Ltd, an Australian hedge fund business. Prior to his involvement in the hedge fund industry, Paul worked at ABN AMRO in Australia and Investec Bank Ltd in South Africa in their corporate finance divisions.

Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, is a CFA charter holder and earned a B.BusSci. (Honours) from the University of Cape Town.

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Peter Maw - Non-Executive Director

Peter is an executive partner of Stockdale Street South Africa (formerly Southern Cross Capital) which he founded in 2003. Stockdale Street South Africa represents the private equity interests of the Oppenheimer family in South Africa. Peter was one of the founders of Primedia Limited in 1993 and, as an executive director from 1993 to 2003, was responsible for all of its corporate finance and mergers and acquisition activities.

Peter remains a non-executive director and a chairman of the Audit Committee of Primedia. Peter was also a non-executive director to Massmart Holdings Limited and a member of the Audit Committee and Strategy & Investment Committee of Massmart from 2003 to 2011. Prior to the establishment of Primedia, Peter co-founded Merhold Kirsh Capital Limited in 1991 following two years in corporate finance at Standard Merchant Bank and the completion of his articles at Coopers & Lybrand in 1987.