Leadership

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

HASSEN ADAMS – APPOINTED 1997
Executive Chairman – Since 11 February 2011
H. Dip Civil Engineering (PenTech), Pr. Tech. Eng.
Hassen, an engineer by profession, has been instrumental in establishing a number of successful businesses, the most high profile of these being GPI which he co-founded.In addition to being the Executive Chairman of GPI, Hassen is also non-executive chairman of the board of SunWest and chairman of GPI's Investment Committee and serves on the Board's Social and Ethics Committee in an executive capacity. He holds directorships in diverse industry sectors including construction, gaming, shipping, entertainment and leisure, and has extensive experience in corporate finance. Hassen was also voted EY’s South African Exceptional Entrepreneur for 2014 at their annual World Entrepreneur Awards in early November 2013.
ALAN EDWARD KEET
Chief Executive Officer – Since 10 April 2012
B.Compt Hons (UNISA), CA(SA)
Alan is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He joined the group in April 2012 as CEO, prior to which he was the CEO of Nolands (Cape Town and South Africa), where he served his articles and subsequently became a partner in 1998. During this time he served on several boards gaining experience in varied industries from property funds to insurance underwriters and various service industries.Alan was appointed as a director of the company on 10 April 2012 and serves on all the Board Committees in an executive capacity.
DYLAN PIENAAR
Financial Director – Since 3 November 2014
B.Com PGDA (UCT), CA(SA), ACMA, CGMA)
Dylan is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He joined GPI in 2008 as part of the GPI Slots finance team and has since held various key roles within the group finance team, including group financial manager and finance executive, before being appointed as the GPI interim financial director on 3 November 2014. He serves on all the Board Committees in an executive capacity.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

ALEXANDER ABERCROMBIE – APPOINTED 1997
Appointed 11 June 2012
Att.Adm.Dipl. (UWC), PgD (Company Law) (Stell), Cert (Sports Law) (UCT)
Alex is an attorney and until his recent retirement from public practice, was a director at DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He has been a non-executive director of the Board since GPI's inception. Alex is responsible for the implementation of strategy in the Slots group and on 11 June 2012 was appointed as an executive director on the Board of GPI responsible for the group's gaming operations in their entirety.Alex is also a member of the Board's Investment Committee and Social and Ethics Committee and serves on the Remuneration and Nomination Committee in an executive capacity.
PROF WALTER GEACH
Appointed 17 September 2013
CA (SA) BA LLB (Cape Town) MCOM FCIS
Walter is a chartered accountant, an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a Professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of the Western Cape where he is also the subject head of Taxation. Among his many other academic achievements, he has also authored/co-authored over 14 published books on a variety of subjects such as company law, corporate governance, financial accounting, taxation, financial planning, Trusts. The books are used extensively in practice by accountants, consultants, lawyers and financial planners. In addition, Walter serves as a non-executive Director on the boards of Grindrod Ltd and Grindrod Bank and is a member of the audit committee of both companies. He is also a non-executive Director of QDOS (Pty) Ltd and CareCross Health (Pty) Ltd.
DR NORMAN VICTOR MAHARAJ
Lead Independent Director – Since 11 February 2011
MB, ChB (UCT)
Norman is a qualified medical doctor and former member of the Public Service Commission. He has extensive public service and trade union movement experience, as well as analytical and decision-making skills. He has filled the role of Lead Independent Director since February 2011, when Hassen Adams was appointed as Executive Chairman, and is also a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Committee and the Social and Ethics Committee.
NOMBEKO MLAMBO
BA (UN ISA), B.Ed (UCT), MA in Counselling Psychology (Durham University)
Nombeko has served on the GPI Board since inception. In 1982 she co-founded the Council for Black Education and Research Trust, an educational NGO, and currently chairs the Western Cape Women Investment Forum. She is a member of the Board's Remuneration and Nomination Committee and serves on the boards of the operating Slots companies.
COLIN MICHAEL PRIEM
B. Com Hons (UWC)
Colin was appointed to the Board on 20 August 2012. He has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, with Honours in Business Administration, and is currently reading for his Master's degree in Commerce. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of the Western Cape where he lectures on financial management modules. Colin also has comprehensive experience in the finance, investment and strategic management fields gained as an academic and through active involvement in business. He also has some 20 years' experience in the landscape design, construction and maintenance fields and is currently the General Manager of a large landscape design and construction business in Cape Town. He is chairman of our Board Audit and Risk Committee.

ADMINISTRATION

Lazelle Christian Parton
Group Company Secretary
BA (Political Science) (UN)
Lazelle has over 20 years of legal and compliance experience in both the public and private sectors as a policy-maker and in stakeholder negotiations. In addition to her Company Secretary role, she also heads up the legal and compliance departments of our Slots operations.