Sappi Limited leadership

Members of the Group Management Committee and the Sappi Limited Board of Directors:*

The Group Management Committee and Sappi Limited Board of Directors collectively determines major policies and strategies and is responsible for managing risk.

Group Management Committee

Steve Binnie

Stephen Robert Binnie (Steve)**
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited

Age: 52
Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Appointed: September 2012



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Binnie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited in July 2014. He joined Sappi in July 2012 as Chief Financial Officer designate and was appointed Chief Financial Officer and executive director from 01 September 2012. Prior to joining Sappi, he held various senior finance roles and was previously Chief Financial Officer of Edcon Proprietary Limited for 10 years after having been in a senior finance role at Investec Bank Limited for four years.

Glen Pearce

Glen Thomas Pearce**
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Sappi Limited

Age: 56
Qualifications: BCom, BCom (Hons), CA(SA)
Appointed: July 2014



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Pearce joined Sappi Limited in June 1997 as Financial Manager and subsequently held various senior finance roles in South Africa and in Belgium before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Sappi Limited in July 2014. Prior to joining Sappi, he worked at Murray & Roberts Limited from 1992 to 1996.

Berry Wiersum

Berend John Wiersum (Berry)**
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe

Age: 63
Qualifications: MA (Medieval and Modern History)
Appointed: January 2007



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Wiersum joined Sappi in January 2007 as Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe. Prior to joining Sappi, Mr Wiersum was a freelance mergers and acquisitions consultant for one year. He previously was Managing Director of Kappa Packaging and member of the management board in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), where he was responsible for overseeing over 90 packaging plants across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa. Mr Wiersum was Chairman of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) from 2011 to 2012. Until 31 December 2016, he remained Chairman of the board of directors of the European Association of Graphic Paper Producers (Euro-Graph).

Mike Haws

Michael George Haws (Mike)**
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi North America

Age: 56
Qualifications: BSc (Paper Science and Engineering)
Appointed: October 2019



Skills, expertise and experience
Mike Haws joined Sappi in 2012 as Managing Director of the Somerset Mill before being promoted to Vice-President Manufacturing in October 2015 with responsibility for the Somerset, Westbrook and Cloquet Mills, the Allentown Sheeting Facility, Safety, Research and Development and Customer Care. Prior to joining Sappi, he had extensive experience in the industry and held numerous leadership roles with St Regis, Champion International, International Paper and Verso Paper. While leading the Somerset Mill, Mike received the Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Mill Manager of the Year award in 2014.

Mike is an experienced industry leader who has been integral to the development and execution of Sappi’s 2020Vision and the investments Sappi made in North America to grow the dissolving wood pulp and packaging and speciality papers businesses.

Mike Haws holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Paper Science and Engineering from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York and has undertaken an executive education programme at Harvard Business School.

Alex Thiel

Alexander van Coller Thiel (Alex)**
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa

Age: 58
Qualifications: BSc (Mechanical Engineering), MBA (Financial Management and Information Technology)
Appointed: December 1989



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Thiel joined Sappi in December 1989 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Chairman in Johannesburg. In April 1993, as part of Sappi’s expansion into Europe, he moved to Brussels as the Administration Manager reporting to the Managing Director of Sappi Europe. With the creation of Sappi Europe, he was appointed in February 1998 as Manager Marketing Intelligence, reporting to the Sales and Marketing Director. He led the project to implement the sales, marketing and distribution modules of SAP across the European business. In January 2003, he became the Director Logistics, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe. He was appointed as Group Head Procurement of Sappi Limited in January 2008 and Integration Executive, in charge of the integration of the acquired M-real business into Sappi’s operations in September 2008.

He led a project to redefine and implement Sappi’s ‘go-to-market’ strategy in Europe from October 2009. Mr Thiel was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa with effect from 01 December 2010. In this role he has supported Sappi Southern Africa’s management to streamline the South African kraft, fine paper and dissolving wood pulp divisions into a single business unit, close the Adamas Mill, sell the Enstra and Cape Kraft Mills and the Sappi Usutu operations in Swaziland. He has helped management to establish a second dissolving wood pulp operation at the Ngodwana Mill.

Gary Bowles

Gary Roy Bowles**
Group Head Technology

Age: 59
Qualifications: BSc (Electrical Engineering), GCC, PR Eng, PMD, EDP
Appointed: November 1990



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Bowles joined Saiccor Mill in 1990. He served in various engineering and production positions at the mill until he was appointed as General Manager of Saiccor Mill in 2004. In January 2011, he was appointed as Managing Director of Sappi Specialised Cellulose and in July 2011, Mr Bowles joined the Group Management Team with responsibility for the increased need to coordinate the global marketing, sales and customer technical engagement responsibilities of the Sappi Specialised Cellulose business, while continuing to be responsible for dissolving pulp production at the Saiccor Mill (South Africa).

In October 2013, he joined the Group Executive Committee as Executive Vice-President Sappi Specialised Cellulose and joined the Sappi North America board releasing his manufacturing role at Saiccor Mill. Mr Bowles is a board member of the LignoTech SA JV. In January 2018, Mr Bowles assumed the position of Group Head Technology and is accountable for group research and development, risk management, including governance and assurance, support to major capital projects and leadership of the Group Technical Management Team. Mr Bowles has experience in engineering, manufacturing, project execution, operational and risk management. He joined the European regional board in 2018. He has held various leadership positions in his career dealing with a wide range of functional disciplines.

Mohamed Mansoor

Mohamed Mansoor**
Executive Vice-President of Sappi Dissolving Pulp

Age: 52
Qualifications: BSc (Chemistry and Mathematics), BSc (Hons) (Chemistry), MBA
Appointed: August 1991



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Mansoor joined Sappi at Saiccor Mill in 1991 where he was responsible for process investigations, customer complaints, quality control, manufacturing cost reduction initiatives and technical application support for dissolving wood pulp customers in Europe and the USA. In January 1999, he was appointed as Product Manager Dissolving Pulp and relocated to Hong Kong. In January 2001, Mr Mansoor was appointed Commercial Manager Pulp responsible for dissolving pulp sales in Southeast Asia. In June 2007 he was appointed General Manager Pulp in Hong Kong with responsibility for the global sales of dissolving pulp after spending three years as Vice-President Pulp Sales in Sappi’s New York office and in January 2018, he joined the Group Executive Committee as Executive Vice-President Sappi Dissolving Wood Pulp. He has a solid sales and technical background and customer relationships, together with a strong track record of delivering sales results. His expertise includes contract negotiation and management, supply chain management, strategic planning, sales management, key account management, dissolving pulp, international logistics and technical application support.

Fergus Marupen

Fergus Conan Salvador Marupen (Fergus)**
Group Head Human Resources

Age: 54
Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Psychology), BEd (Education Management), MBA, LCOR (Stanford University)
Appointed: March 2015



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Marupen joined Sappi on 01 March 2015. Prior to Sappi, Mr Marupen held various positions at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) where he was the Acting Chief Operating Officer, Group Executive Human Resources for Absa Group Limited and executive management positions with Kumba Resources, Kumba Iron Ore and BHP Billiton (Energy Coal).

Maarten van Hoven

Maarten van Hoven**
Group Head Strategy and Legal

Age: 46
Qualifications: BProc, LLM (International Business Law)
Appointed: December 2011



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Van Hoven joined Sappi in December 2011. Mr Van Hoven is an admitted attorney of the High Court in South Africa. Prior to joining Sappi, he was employed at the Competition Commission of South Africa, managing the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. He has 20 years’ practical legal experience in the areas of Corporate, Commercial and Competition Law, both in private and public sectors and often leading teams of professionals. During his career at Sappi, Mr Van Hoven has been responsible for coordinating and creating Sappi’s 2020Vision and has been leading certain of the major asset disposals and/or acquisitions in which Sappi had been involved during the last few years. As well as being a member of the Group Executive Committee, he has joined the boards of Sappi Europe, Sappi North America and Sappi Southern Africa as an executive director. Mr Van Hoven is also the custodian of the Sappi Code of Ethics and Group Legal Compliance Programme.

Marjorie Boles

Marjorie Boles
Group Chief Information Officer

Age: 49
Qualifications: BA (Economics and Mathematics), MBA (Entrepreneurship)
Appointed: June 2018



Skills, expertise and experience
Mrs Boles has been with Sappi since 1999. In 2012, she assumed global responsibility for Sappi’s customer-facing digital solutions. She was appointed CIO for Sappi North America in 2016 as well as being a member of the global IT Leadership Council. Prior to joining Sappi, Marjorie was a process optimisation consultant with Andersen Consulting and drove technology improvements for equity and control operations at Fidelity.

André Oberholzer

André Frederich Oberholzer
Group Head Corporate Affairs

Age: 53
Qualifications: BCom (Law)
Appointed: September 2001



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Oberholzer joined Sappi Limited in 2001 as the Group Head for Corporate Affairs. In this role he has global responsibility for Sappi’s internal, external, corporate and business communication and reputation management programmes. In addition, he has line responsibility for Sappi’s Southern African communication function. Prior to joining Sappi he worked for 14 years as a diplomat for South Africa, focused on multilateral affairs.

Graeme Wild

Graeme Wild
Group Head Sustainability and Investor Relations

Age: 47
Qualifications: BSc (Forestry), MBA
Appointed: February 2009



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Wild was appointed as Group Investor Relations Manager in February 2009, re-joining Sappi after two years with Deloitte Consulting. He added the responsibilities of Group Sustainability Manager in May 2011. He joined Sappi in 1995 and has held a variety of management positions on plantations and at a strategic level. Graeme has a BSc Forestry from the University of Stellenbosch and an MBA (cum laude) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Ami Mahendranath

Ami Mahendranath
Group Company Secretary 

Age: 52
Qualifications: BCom ACIS, Certificate in Corporate Governance
Appointed: November 2017



Skills, expertise and experience
Ms Mahendranath joined Sappi in November 2017 as Group Company Secretary. Prior to her joining Sappi, she was Company Secretary at Merafe Resources Limited and South African Tourism.

She provides secretarial services to the Sappi board and all board committees, as well as the Group Executive Committee.

Louis Kruyshaar

Louis Kruyshaar
Executive Vice-President of Sappi Biotech

Age: 49
Qualifications: BTech (Pulp and Paper), BEng (Chemical Engineering), MBA, EDP
Appointed: January 1993



Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Kruyshaar joined Enstra Mill in 1993 as a Sappi bursar, becoming a production superintendent. From 2001 until 2003 he was Technical Manager at Sappi Usutu Mill in Swaziland before moving to Ngodwana Mill as the Paper Mill Manager in 2004. In 2006, he became the Pulp Mill Manager at Ngodwana Mill before moving to Tugela Mill as the General Manager in 2008.

Board of directors

Sappi Limited Board of Directors

Nigel Rudd

Sir Nigel Rudd
Independent Chairman

Age: 72
Qualifications: DL, Chartered Accountant 
Nationality: British
Appointed: April 2006


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Nomination and Governance Committee (Chairman)
  • Attends Audit and Risk Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee and Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee meetings ex officio

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Signature Aviation plc (Chairman)
  • Business Growth Fund (Chairman)
  • Meggitt plc (Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Sir Nigel Rudd has held various senior management and board positions in a career spanning more than 35 years. He founded Williams plc in 1982 and the company went on to become one of the largest industrial holding companies in the United Kingdom. He was knighted by the Queen for services to the manufacturing industry in the UK in 1996 and holds honorary doctorates from Loughborough and Derby Universities.

Brian Beamish

Brian Richard Beamish (Brian)
Independent

Age: 62
Qualifications: BSc (Mechanical Engineering), HBS PMD
Nationality: British/South African
Appointed: March 2019


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee
  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Nordgold (Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee, as well as Chairman of the Safety and Sustainable Development Committee)
  • Sita Capital Global Mining Opportunities Fund (Associate Partner)

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Beamish is a qualified mechanical engineer with over 40 years of management, business and leadership experience in capital intensive industries. He was appointed to the Lonmin Board in 2013 and served as Chairman from May 2014 until June 2019 when the corporate action with Sibanye-Stillwater completed. He also served as Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Safety, Health and Environment Committees. His senior executive career was spent within Anglo American, where his final role until retirement was that of Group Director Mining and Technology, before which he was the CEO of the Base Metals Division.

Mike Fallon

Michael Anthony Fallon (Mike)
Independent

Age: 61
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) (First Class)
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2011


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee (Chairman)
  • Audit and Risk Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Fallon retired as an Executive Director of Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited (NSG Group) at the end of June 2012. Prior to retirement, Mr Fallon was President of NSG’s Global Automotive Division, with 17,500 employees, heading up all the glass and glazing operations in the key automotive regions across the world. With annual sales of around €6 billion, the NSG Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building, automotive and speciality glass sectors. His management and leadership experience extends across a wide range of functions from plant management, sales and marketing and supply chain to general management, including mergers and acquisition experience.

During his 30-year career in a highly competitive industry, he held a wide range of roles, including President of Pilkington operations in North America and has been a director and chairman of companies in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Finland. In his last four years at NSG, he was both a main board director and leader of their Global Automotive Division. He was responsible for leading and developing the strategic direction and ultimately the performance and governance of this business. His leadership and experience covered all aspects of the business, from its research and development, sales and marketing, 30 manufacturing sites, supply chain, including 150 warehouses and distribution centres, purchasing, human resources and finance.

James Lopez

James Michael Lopez (Jim)
Independent

Age: 59
Qualifications: BA (Economics)
Nationality: American
Appointed: March 2019


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Bi-National Softwood Lumber Council

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Lopez is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Tembec Inc (2006-2017) having progressed through management, senior management and executive positions within Tembec since 1989. In 2017, Mr Lopez successfully negotiated the sale of Tembec Inc, a manufacturer of lumber, pulp, paper/paperboard and specialised cellulose and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices.

He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Bi-National Softwood Lumber Council. Previous chairmanships include the Softwood Lumber Board, Forest Products Innovation and Ontario Forest Products Association.

Peter Mageza

Nkateko Peter Mageza (Peter)
Independent

Age: 64
Qualifications: FCCA (UK)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: January 2010


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Audit and Risk Committee (Chairman)
  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Anglo American Platinum Limited
  • Ethos Private Equity (Pty) Limited (Chairman)
  • RCL Foods Limited
  • Remgro Limited
  • MTN Group Limited

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Mageza joined the Sappi board after having held senior executive positions across a wide range of industries. He is a former Group Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Absa Group Limited, Assistant General Manager at Nedcor Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Autonet, the Road Passenger and Freight Logistics division of Transnet Limited.

Zola Malinga

Zola Nwabisa Malinga
Independent

Age: 41
Qualifications: BCom, CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: October 2018


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Audit and Risk Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Black Industrialists Group Properties
  • Black Industrialists Group Property Management (Pty) Limited
  • Grindrod Bank Limited
  • Grindrod Financial Holdings Limited
  • Grindrod Limited
  • Jade Capital Partners
  • Jade Equity Investments
  • Jade Industrial Holdings
  • Jade MNC
  • Jade Property Investments
  • JCP Distributors
  • Maya Property
  • Remote Metering Solutions
  • RMS Empower
  • South African Property Owners Association
  • Weldamax

Skills, expertise and experience
Mrs Malinga has over 10 years’ experience in investment banking and corporate finance. She is the founder and Executive Director of Jade Capital Partners, a women-owned investment holding company which invests in the property and industrial sectors. She was previously a director in the Real Estate Finance Division of Standard Bank where she was also a member of the Executive and Deal Approval Committees. Prior to this, she was an Investment Banker at Standard Bank and a Corporate Finance Consultant at Investec Bank Limited. Mrs Malinga previously served as a non-executive director on Sasol Inzalo Limited and Hospitality Property Fund Limited.

Bonakele Mehlomaku

Dr Bonakele Mehlomakulu (Boni)
Independent

Age: 46
Qualifications: PhD (Chemical Engineering)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: March 2017


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Hulamin Limited
  • Yokogawa South Africa
  • Ububanzi Investments (Pty) Limited
  • Renewable Energy Systems (Pty) Limited
  • The Imp (Pty) Limited

Skills, expertise and experience
Dr Boni started at Sasol before joining the Department of Science and Technology occupying various management roles. Her recent executive role was a Chief Executive Officer of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the position she held for nine years. Her past directorships include PBMR (Pty) Limited, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), Eskom Holdings SOC Limited and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), as well as having served as the Deputy Chair of Unisa Council and a country representative on the Council of International Standards Organisation (ISO, Geneva).

Valli Moosa

Mohammed Valli Moosa (Valli)
Independent

Age: 62
Qualifications: BSc (Mathematics and Physics)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: August 2010


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee (Chairman)
  • Nomination and Governance Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Moosa has held numerous leadership positions across business, government, politics and civil society in South Africa and internationally. Mr Moosa has expertise in finance, general business and mining. He has extensive leadership experience in the public and private sector. He is also an international expert on sustainable development and climate change.

Mr Moosa previously served as Chairman of the world’s biggest platinum producer, Anglo Platinum Limited and as Chairman of Sun International Limited. He served on the boards of the financial services group, Sanlam Limited, which has operations in South Africa, India, the United Kingdom and in a number of African countries. He also served on the board of transport and logistics company, Imperial Holdings. Imperial operates in sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.

He also participated in establishing two Johannesburg-based private equity funds and the investment house, Lereko Investments.

He was South African Minister of Constitutional Development; the President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature; Chairman of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development; Chairman of WWF(SA) and he served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress until 2009 and currently serves on the steering committee of the Tokyo-based Innovation for a Cool Earth Forum.

Rob Jan Renders

Robertus Johannes Antonius Maria Renders (Rob Jan)
Independent

Age: 66
Qualifications: MSc (Mechanical Engineering), MDP
Nationality: Dutch
Appointed: October 2015


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Walki Group Oy (Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Currently a business consultant, Mr Renders was a member of the board of Duropack GmbH from 2012 until the end of May 2015, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Duropack from May 2013 until May 2015. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Chairman of OTOR Société Anonyme, a leading packaging provider in France. Between 1989 and 2006 he held various positions at Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), a leading global producer of hygiene products and packaging solutions, including Mill Manager at SCA Packaging De Hoop, Managing Director of SCA Packaging De Hoop, President of SCA Packaging Containerboard, President of SCA Packaging Europe and Senior Vice-President Special Project Global Packaging for SCA Group. He has various consulting positions and is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Walki Group Oy based in Espoo (Finland), a company specialising in extrusion coating.

Janice Stipp

Janice Elaine Stipp (Janice)
Independent

Age: 60
Qualifications: BA (Accounting), MBA
Nationality: American
Appointed: June 2019


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Audit and Risk Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • ArcBest Corporation (Chairperson of the Audit Committee)
  • Commercial Vehicle Group Inc
  • NN Inc

Skills, expertise and experience
Ms Stipp retired from Rogers Corporation in 2018 where she served as Senior Vice-President (2017 to 2018), Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2015. Prior to that, Ms Stipp was employed at several companies in senior financial positions, including Tecumseh Products, Acument Global Technologies, GDX Automotive and TI Group Automotive Systems. Ms Stipp holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Ms Stipp is currently a non-executive director and Chairperson of the Audit Committee of ArcBest Corporation.

Steve Binnie

Stephen Robert Binnie (Steve)
Chief Executive Officer

Age: 52
Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2012


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee
  • Attends meetings of all other board committees by invitation 

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Binnie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited in July 2014. He joined Sappi in July 2012 as Chief Financial Officer designate and was appointed Chief Financial Officer and executive director from 01 September 2012. Prior to joining Sappi, he held various senior finance roles and was previously Chief Financial Officer of Edcon Proprietary Limited for 10 years after having been in a senior finance role at Investec Bank Limited for four years.

Glen Pearce

Glen Thomas Pearce
Chief Financial Officer

Age: 56
Qualifications: BCom, BCom Hons, CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: July 2014


Sappi board committee memberships

  • Expected to attend Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Pearce joined Sappi Limited in June 1997 as Financial Manager and subsequently held various senior finance roles in South Africa and in Belgium before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Sappi Limited in July 2014. Prior to joining Sappi, he worked at Murray & Roberts Limited from 1992 to 1996.

Footnote

* Ages of leadership on 31 December 2019.
** Group Executive Committee.