BCompt (Hons) (Accounting), MCompt, DCom (Accounting), CA(SA)
Steve was appointed to the Steinhoff International board as an independent non‑executive director in September 2009.
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. Steve is the former group chief executive officer of Absa Group Limited. He also serves on the boards of Clover Limited, JD Group Limited, Senwes Limited and Vukile Property Fund Limited. Steve is the chairman of Steinhoff’s audit committee.
Claas is an independent non‑executive in 1992 and was appointed to the Steinhoff International board in 1998.
Claas has extensive experience in management and investments worldwide and is a corporate investor in several industries. Claas was instrumental in developing the KAP businesses and acted as chairman of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited for many years. Claas resigned from the KAP board on 25 June 2012. He is currently a member of the boards of KAP AG, Courthiel Holdings Proprietary Limited, Daun and Cie AG, Stöhr AG, Mech Baumwoll‑Spinnerei and Weberei AG, and holds several other directorships. Claas 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 was the chief executive officer of Conforama, was appointed to the board of Steinhoff International as an executive director in May 2011 and, following his resignation from Conforama, is now a non‑executive director.
After graduating from the Reims Business School, Thierry began his career in 1995 as an auditor at KPMG. He then joined the previous holding company of Conforama, the French listed PPR Group, in 1999. Following various financial positions held within PPR, Thierry was appointed as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of FNAC, a European retailer within the same group. Since 2008, Thierry has held the position of chairman and chief executive officer of Conforama, which was acquired by Steinhoff in March 2011. Thierry resigned from Conforama at the end of 2014 but remains on the board as a non‑executive director.
BCom, MAS, DCom, CA(SA), CRMA
Len is the deputy chairman of Steinhoff International and was appointed to the board in 1998.
Len 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 audit committee of the International Monetary Fund. Len was appointed chairman of the Steinhoff board in September 2008 and held various committee positions, including chairman of the audit committee. Len is chairman of the risk advisory committee and a member of the nomination and human resources and remuneration committees. Len is also a non‑executive director of Lonmin plc, Alexander Forbes Equity Holdings Limited, Mustek Limited, Illovo Sugar Limited, Sappi Limited, Exxaro Resources Limited and Yeboyethu Limited.
BCom (Economic Science)
Angela was appointed to the Steinhoff International board as an alternate non‑executive director in December 2007.
Angela 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. Angela also holds a position on the advisory committees of Oldenburgische Landesbank AG, HSH Nordbank AG and Commerzbank AG in Germany.
* Alternate non‑executive director to Bruno Steinhoff
BAcc (Hons), MCompt, DCom (Accounting), CA(SA), Advanced Diploma Banking Law
Theunie was appointed to the Steinhoff International board as an independent non‑executive director in September 2011.
Since 2007, Theunie has served as a member of the council of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He lectured in accounting and taxation at the University of Johannesburg until 1987, after which he returned to practise at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. He joined Rand Merchant Bank in 1994 and later became head of their 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, Theunie 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. He serves as vice chairman for Absa Corporate and previously acted as chairman of RARE Holdings Limited, an AltX‑listed company. Theunie also serves on the board of JD Group Limited. In addition to his appointment as an independent non‑executive director, Theunie has also been appointed as a member of Steinhoff’s audit committee.
BA (Political Science), MSc (International Business)
On completion of her studies in 1997, Heather 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. Heather 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 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 is the founder of the Steinhoff group and was chairman of Steinhoff International until the end of September 2008.
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, Bruno started his furniture trade and distribution business in Westerstede, Germany, in June 1964. During this period, he also gained furniture retail experience, having spent three years in Berlin. In 1971, he expanded the business into manufacturing, with the first upholstery factory in Remels. During the 1980s, Bruno acquired interests in central and eastern Europe and in a joint venture in South Africa with Claas Daun involving Gommagomma Holdings. He has more than 49 years’ experience in the furniture business and more than 40 years’ manufacturing experience. 1 July 2014 marked Bruno’s 50th year in the industry.
BSc (Agricultural Science), B.Sc(Hons)(Agric) (cum laude), M.Sc (Agric)(cum laude), D.Sc(Agric), PhD (Economics)
Johan was appointed as a Supervisory Board director 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.
BA, LLB, DCom (hc)
Christo was appointed as an independent non‑executive director to the Steinhoff International board on 5 March 2013.
He practised at the Cape Bar in the 1970s before joining Pepkor Holdings, of which he has been the chairperson and controlling shareholder since 1981. In addition, he acts as chairman and controlling shareholder of Shoprite Holdings Limited, Invicta Holdings Limited, Tradehold Limited and Brait SA Limited, and he is a former chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation. Christo has served on the boards of many listed companies over the years and is a past director of the South African Reserve Bank.
BA (Stellenbosch), MA (Stellenbosch), International Economics & Management (Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy), LLB (UCT)
Jacob was appointed as a Supervisory Board director 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.