Directors

Management board Supervisory board
Dr Christoffel Hendrik (Christo) Wiese (75)

BA, LLB, DCom (hc)

Chairman of the supervisory board

Dr Wiese was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015 and as chairman of the supervisory board in May 2016. He previously served as an independent non-executive director to the Steinhoff International Holdings Limited board, having first been appointed on 5 March 2013.

He practised at the Cape Bar in the 1970s before joining Pepkor Holdings. He acts as chairman and controlling shareholder of Shoprite Holdings Limited, Invicta Holdings Limited, Tradehold Limited and Brait SA Limited, and is a former chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation. Dr Wiese has served on the boards of many listed companies over the years and is a past director of the South African Reserve Bank. He is a member of the Steinhoff nomination committee.

Deenadayalen (Len) Konar (63)

BCom, MAS, DCom, CA(SA), CRMA

Deputy chairman of the supervisory board

Dr Konar is the deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V, having been appointed as a supervisory board director in November 2015.

Dr Konar, having been appointed to the Steinhoff International Holdings Limited board in 1998, was appointed chairman of the board in September 2008 and held various committee positions, including chairman of the audit and risk committee. He acted as chairman of the supervisory board for the period 30 November 2015 to 31 May 2016 and is currently chairman of the governance and nomination committees and a member of the audit and risk and human resources and remuneration committees.

Dr Konar is an independent consultant and professional director. Prior positions include executive director of internal audit portfolio and head of investments at the Independent Development Trust, and Professor and Head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Durban Westville. He is a past patron of the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa, and a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, the Corporate Governance Network and the Institute of Directors. He was appointed chairperson of the ministerial panel for the review of the regulation of accountants and auditors in South Africa in 2003 and served as chairman of the external Audit Committee of the International Monetary Fund. Dr Konar is also a non executive director of Lonmin Plc, Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited, Sappi Limited and Exxaro Resources Limited.

Stefanes Francois (Steve) Booysen (53)

BCompt (Hons) (Accounting), MCompt, DCom (Accounting), CA(SA)

Dr Booysen was appointed to the Steinhoff International Holdings Limited board as an independent non-executive director in September 2009 and as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015.

He completed his articles with Ernst & Young and acted as lecturer at the University of South Africa. In 2006, he was appointed as council member of the University of Pretoria. Dr Booysen is the former group chief executive officer of Absa Group Limited. He also serves on the boards of Clover Limited, Efficient Group Limited, Senwes Limited and Vukile Property Fund Limited. Dr Booysen is the chairman of Steinhoff’s audit and risk committee and a member of the human resources and remuneration committee.

Claas Edmund Daun (74)

BAcc, CA

Mr Daun was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015, having first been appointed as an independent non executive director of Steinhoff International Holdings Limited in 1998. He served as deputy chairman of the supervisory board for the period 30 November 2015 to 31 May 2016 and is currently a member of the nomination committee.

Mr Daun has extensive experience in management and investments worldwide and is a corporate investor in several industries. Mr Daun was instrumental in developing the KAP businesses and acted as chairman of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited for many years. Mr Daun resigned from the KAP board on 25 June 2012. He is currently a member of the board of Daun and Cie AG, chairman of the boards of KAP AG, Stöhr AG and Mehler AG, and holds several other directorships. Mr Daun is honorary consul of South Africa in Lower Saxony, Germany. He holds a master's degree in business commerce from the University of Cologne and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1975.

Thierry Louis Joseph Guibert (46)

MBA (FR)

Mr Guibert was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015.

After graduating from the Reims Business School, Mr Guibert began his career in 1995 as an auditor at KPMG. He then joined the previous holding company of Conforama, the French listed PPR Group (now known as Kering), in 1999. Following various financial positions held within PPR, Mr Guibert was appointed as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of FNAC, a European retailer within the same group. Since 2008, Mr Guibert held the position of chairman and chief executive officer of Conforama, which was acquired by Steinhoff in March 2011. He was appointed to the board of Steinhoff International Holdings Limited as an executive director in May 2011 and, following his resignation from Conforama in 2014, continued to serve on the board as a non executive director.

Angela Krüger‑Steinhoff (45)

BCom (Economic Science)

Ms Krüger Steinhoff was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015, having previously been appointed as an alternate non executive director of the Steinhoff International Holdings Limited board in December 2007.

Ms Krüger Steinhoff obtained a degree in Economic Science in 1997 at the European business school, Oestrich winkel, Germany. She joined the Steinhoff group in 1997 as a financial manager. In 1999, she was seconded to act as managing director of the Australian operations. She resigned from the group at the end of 2005 and now attends to the Steinhoff family investments. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, with specific knowledge of and extensive experience in management and investments globally. Ms Krüger Steinhoff also holds a position on the advisory committees of Oldenburgische Landesbank AG, HSH Nordbank AG and Commerzbank AG in Germany.

Marthinus Theunis (Theunie) Lategan (60)

BAcc (Hons), MCompt, DCom (Accounting), CA(SA), Advanced Diploma Banking Law

Dr Lategan was appointed as a supervisory board member of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015, having previously served as an independent non executive director on the Steinhoff International Holdings Limited board since September 2011.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1983 he lectured in accounting and taxation at the University of Johannesburg until 1987, after which he returned to practise at Price Waterhouse MeyerNel. He joined Rand Merchant Bank in 1994 and later became head of its structured finance unit. In 1999 he became chief executive officer for the corporate banking unit of First National Bank. In 2004 he was appointed to the executive management committee of the FirstRand Group and served on various committees. In 2005, Dr Lategan was appointed chief executive officer for FirstRand Africa and Emerging Markets and, in 2007, he relocated to India to set up FirstRand Banking Group, India. He retired from the FirstRand Group in July 2010. Since 2007, Dr Lategan has served as a member of the council of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He serves as vice-chairman for Absa Corporate and previously acted as chairman of RARE Holdings Limited, an AltX listed company. In addition to his appointment as an independent non executive director, Dr Lategan is the chairman of Steinhoff’s human resources and remuneration committee and a member of the audit and risk committee.

Jayendra Naidoo (56)

B.Proc

Jayendra was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. on 14 March 2017.

Having been an activist in student and community organisations and struggles in South Africa, Jayendra became a full-time trade union organiser in 1981. As a national trade union leader, he led the joint delegation of the African National Congress and its alliance partners at the negotiations of the National Peace Accord in 1991, the forerunner to the CODESA negotiations that led to the peaceful democratic transition in South Africa. He was part of the nine-member multi-party National Peace Secretariat that established a network of Peace Committees throughout South Africa. Following his appointment as Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) negotiations coordinator in 1992, Jayendra was at the forefront of establishing the government, business and labour forum known as the National Economic Forum. In 1995, he became the first executive director of the newly established National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), serving until 1998. In 1999, he was appointed as government chief negotiator, representing the South African Presidency, and leading a multigovernmental department project, negotiating and contracting with several multinational bidders on a large high-priority government procurement programme. In 2000, he co-founded the J&J Group, an infrastructure-orientated investment company.

Jayendra is the founder of the Lancaster Group, a broad-based investment holding company.

He has served on several committees and boards, including the Human Sciences Research Council, the selection panel appointed by President Mandela in 1995 to interview and shortlist candidates for South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the board of the Steinhoff subsidiary company, Pepkor. In 1997, Jayendra was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow.

Heather Joan Sonn (45)

BA (Political Science), MSc (International Business)

Ms Sonn was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015, having previously served as an independent non-executive director of Steinhoff International Holdings Limited since December 2013.

On completion of her studies in 1997, Ms Sonn joined Merrill Lynch New York as an investment banking analyst.

She returned to South Africa in 1999 and took up a position with Sanlam Investment Management in Cape Town. Ms Sonn has served as chief executive for Legae Securities, deputy chief executive for WIP Capital, chief executive for The Citizens Movement, is a former director of Strate and was instrumental in building the basis for Barclays’ global integrated bank initiative while at Barclays Bank plc. She currently serves on the board of Gamiro Investment Group, Prescient Limited and as an alternate director for Macsteel Service Centres SA Limited. She is also a fellow and moderator of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

Bruno Ewald Steinhoff (79)

Mr Steinhoff is the founder of the Steinhoff group and was chairman of Steinhoff International Holdings Limited until the end of September 2008. He was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. in November 2015.

He relinquished executive duties with effect from 1 April 2008, and continues serving as a non executive director, assisting with special projects for the group. After studying industrial business, Mr Steinhoff started his furniture trade and distribution business in Westerstede, Germany, in June 1964. Before he started his own business he also gained furniture import and furniture retail experience, having spent three years in Berlin. In 1971, he expanded the business into manufacturing, with the first upholstery factory in Remels. Mr Steinhoff developed the furniture industry throughout the former Eastern bloc countries and built up the furniture factories there, he took over all the capacities and sold furniture to Western Europe. He also developed the import business from Asian countries, especially from the Philippines, Taiwan and China. During the 1980s, Mr Steinhoff acquired interests in a joint venture in South Africa with Claas Daun involving Gommagomma Holdings. He has more than 55 years’ experience in the furniture business and more than 45 years’ manufacturing experience. 1 July 2014 marked Mr Steinhoff’s 50th year in the industry.

Johan van Zyl (59)

BSc (Agricultural Science), BSc (Hons) (Agric) (cum laude), MSc (Agric ) (cum laude), DSc (Agric), PhD (Economics)

Johan was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. on 30 May 2016.

Johan lectured at the University of Pretoria (Department of Agricultural Economics) where he held several positions, including vice-chancellor and principal from 1997 to July 2001, when he joined Santam Limited as chief executive officer. He was group chief executive officer of Sanlam Limited from 2003 until 2016 and remains a non-executive director, also serving on the boards of Sanlam Life Insurance Limited and Santam Limited. Johan is also chairman of ASISA, serves as a Council Member of the University of Pretoria and is chairman of the Vumelana Advisory Fund.

He has also consulted and served as part-time lecturer to several universities and organisations, including Michigan State University, USAID and the Agricultural and Natural Resources Department, World Bank (Washington DC) and as member to a number of governmental committees and other associations. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year award in 2014 and the South African AABLA award as Business Leader of the Year in 2015.

Jacob Daniel Wiese (36)

BA (Stellenbosch), MA (Stellenbosch), International Economics & Management (Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy), LLB (UCT)

Jacob was appointed as a supervisory board director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. on 30 May 2016.

After completing his LLB at UCT in 2008 and his pupillage at the Cape Bar, Jacob was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2009. He joined the investment committee of the Titan Group in 2010. Jacob is as an independent non-executive director of Fairvest Property Holdings Limited and serves on the boards of various publicly listed companies and is also an alternate and/or non-executive director of Shoprite Holdings, Pepkor Holdings, Invicta Holdings and Tradehold. Jacob is also extensively involved in the management of Lourensford Wine Estate.