New board chairman for sugar heavyweight

29 November 2017 | Web Article Number: ME20177960

Agriculture & Sugar
New board chairman for sugar heavyweight
Mpho Makwana

Illovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) today announced the appointment of Mpho Makwana as Chairman of the Board with effect from 1 December. He succeeds Gavin Dalgleish who, after four years as Chairman, has chosen to step down from the demands of the South Africa Board to further focus on his role as Group Managing Director of Illovo Sugar Africa.

Makwana brings with him almost three decades of diverse experience in executive and C-Suite roles in the private and public sectors – particularly as Board Director and then Chairman of Eskom between 2002 and 2011. Most notably, he served as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in 2011, where he highlighted his belief in Africa as a meaningful growth opportunity to be “harvested at scale.”

Commenting on the appointment, Dalgleish said, “We are thrilled to have Mpho join our South African Board. He brings with him an in-depth understanding of the potential of South Africa’s economic opportunities, as well as our social realities and the challenges they represent”.

“I am confident that his very strong record in both managing and chairing private and public-sector organisations - coupled with a strong empathy with our ethos, culture and commitment to serving our communities through the creation of shared value - makes him the ideal Board Chairman for our company.  I look forward to working with him as our business transforms and continues to grow in South Africa.”

Makwana currently serves on the boards of a number of JSE listed companies including Adcock Ingram Holdings Ltd (AIHLF.PK), Nedbank Group Ltd (NDBKF.PK) and Sephaku Holdings Limited (SEPJ.J), and is a Trustee on the Board of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Brand SA.  

Of his appointment, Makwana commented: “I have long admired the Illovo Group’s African business model and approach to living its commitment to the transformation of agriculture across the continent. I strongly endorse the common values shared throughout the Group, and closer to home, its active support of the South African Government's social and economic development agenda.

“It will be an honour to become Chairman of Illovo SA, and I look forward to being a part of the delivery of its strategy for continuing to deliver on ambitious growth and diversification opportunities.”

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