Dr Jim Myers

Chairman
Appointed: 26 February 2007

Skills and experience
Jim has over 30 years’ international business experience, specialising in the telecommunications industry. Jim’s wide ranging experience includes the definition, development and implementation of management systems for the finance, engineering and production disciplines. He was the adviser to the successful empowerment shareholder in Second Network operator and was the principal driver behind the establishment and promotion of the consortium that acquired the SBC/Telekom malaysia equity stake in Telkom SA.

Qualifications
BA mathematics (Texas A&M); MA Mathematical Physics (Arizona); PhD Industrial Engineering/Pperations Research (Texas Tech)

Pieter van Zyl

Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 8 April 2009

Skills and experience
Pieter has considerable experience in the manufacturing and the solid wood processing industry. He has a successful track record in delivering complex change and returning companies to profitability. His leadership in cost optimisation and knowledge of market dynamics distinguishes him in the industry. His vision and ability to inspire teams are significant in executing growth strategies. This, coupled with his skill in identifying strategic investment opportunities, provides a solid platform for York’s success.

Qualifications
BSC Agric (Pretoria); BSC Agric Economics Hons (Pretoria); MBL (Unisa)

Dinga Mncube

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 6 March 2013

Skills and experience
Dinga has 20 years’ executive experience in forestry, timber processing, paper and pulp businesses. He is a leading figure in the forestry transformation process. Amongst other achievements, Dinga played a prominent part in the revival of Project Grow, an award-winning enterprise development programme at Sappi. He played a key role in driving Sappi’s R814 million black economic empowerment transaction in 2010.

Qualifications
BSC Forestry (Washington State); MSC Forestry Business (Idaho); mCom Business Management (Johannesburg)

Maserame Mouyeme

Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 22 May 2015

Skills and experience
Maserame is a highly experienced senior business executive with widespread management and operations experience of 24 years in multi-disciplinary roles with some of the world’s leading corporates. She has commercial, customer and consumer marketing experience gained from the FMCG and advertising industries. Maserame has also led multifunctional teams across different geographies. She is also passionate about community affairs and sustainability and have partnered with NGOs and governments across Africa to drive corporate initiatives.

Qualifications
B Soc Sci (UCT); MBA (Thames Valley University, UK)

Thabo Mokgatlha

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 6 March 2013

Skills and experience
Thabo has many years of experience and expertise in serving in board and leadership positions in various sectors such as mining, telecommunications, finance and manufacturing. He also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and is qualified as a chartered accountant.

Qualifications
BCom Accounting (North-West); BCompt/CTA Honours (Unisa)

Paul Botha

Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 4 September 2007

Skills and experience
Paul has an outstanding record in executing many transactions involving private-equity transactions, stock exchange related transactions, mergers and acquisitions and entrepreneurial multi-disciplinary transactions. He also carried out a substantial amount of cross-border mergers and acquisition work across a number of industries throughout Africa. Paul is a practising attorney and notary public.

Qualifications
BA LLB (Wits); HDip Company Law (Wits); HDip Tax (RAU now known as UJ)

Dr Azar Jammine

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 5 October 2010

Skills and experience
Azar started his career as an investment analyst and has more than 30 years’ experience in economics. He specialises in macroeconomics and financial markets and is co-author of the books McGregor’s Economic Alternatives, Trends Transforming South Africa and Mindset for the new generation on South Africa.

Qualifications
BSC Hons Mathematical Statistics (Wits); BA Hons Economics Cum Laude (Wits); MSC Economics (London School of Economics); PhD Economics (London Business School); Post-Doctoral Fellowship Centre for Business Strategy (London Business School)

Gavin Tipper

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 12 May 2010

Skills and experience
Gavin is qualified as a chartered accountant and has been involved in the financial services industry for more than 21 years. He completed his articles with KPMG and went on to hold the position of Technical Partner. He holds directorships in a number of listed South African companies.

Qualifications
BCom (Wits); BACC (Wits); MBA (UCT)

Shakeel Meer

Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 4 September 2007

Skills and experience
Shakeel is an executive at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) with overall responsibility for corporate strategy, management of listed equities, marketing and communications, assets and liabilities management, procurement, information technology and research. He has previous experience in investments in various sectors of the economy.

Qualifications
BSC Engineering (KwaZulu-Natal); Advance Management Programme (Insead); Developing Strategy for Value Creation (London Business School); Senior management Development Programme (Euromoney); MBL (Unisa)

Pieter van Buuren

Chief Financial Officer
Appointed: 1 October 2013

Skills and experience
Pieter is qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered management accountant. He has more than 20 years’ professional experience, with 14 years in senior financial management roles, mostly in the construction, manufacturing and related industries. He also has extensive regulatory compliance experience.

Qualifications
BCom and BCom Hons (RAU now known as UJ)