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Omnia Holdings Ltd (OMNJ.J)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ralph Havenstein

63 2019 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Seelan Gobalsamy

43 2020 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Stephan Serfontein

42 2020 Group financial director, Executive Director

Lennon Phillip

44 2017 General Counsel

Jacques De Villiers

40 2017 Managing Director – Omnia Fertilizer

Joseph Keenan

49 2015 Managing director - BME

Michael Smith

49 2016 Managing Director - Protea Mining Chemicals

Jan Vermaak

49 2012 Managing director - Agriculture

Liesel Dentlinger

43 2020 Group Human Resources Director

Kavita Pema

51 2018 Group Executive - Safety, Sustainability and Risk

Francois Visagie

48 2018 Group Executive - Business Initiatives

Michelle Nana

50 2018 Group Company Secretary

Nicholas Binedell

66 2017 Independent Non-Executive Director

Ronnie Bowen

68 2011 Independent Non-Executive Director

Frank Butler

67 2002 Independent Non-Executive Director

George Cavaleros

64 2019 Independent Non-Executive Director

Linda de Beer

50 2017 Independent Non-Executive Director

Tina Eboka

61 2016 Independent Non-Executive Director

Sizwe Mncwango

54 2010 Independent Non-Executive Director

Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe

59 2018 Independent Non-Executive Director

Willem Plaizier

59 2019 Independent Non-Executive Director

Zacharias Swanepoel

58 2019 Independent Non-Executive Director

Priyanka Padayachee

2020 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Ralph Havenstein

Mr. Ralph Havenstein serves as Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. He was Lead Independent Non-Executive Director of Omnia Holdings Limited. Mr. Havenstein is Served as a director of Anglo Platinum, Simmer and Jack, Mintek and Sasol and has also served on the councils of both the Chamber of Mines and Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA).

Seelan Gobalsamy

Mr. Seelan Gobalsamy serves as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. He is an accomplished, internationally experienced business leader, from the financial services sector. He has assumed senior leadership roles across Emerging Markets for close to 20 years including key leadership roles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. He served as Chief Executive of Emerging Markets for Liberty Holdings and previously the Group Chief Executive of STANLIB Group. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Old Mutual Corporate.

Stephan Serfontein

Mr. Stephan Serfontein serves as Group financial director, Executive Director of the Company. Stephan is a chartered accountant and has been with the Group since 1 January 2012. He has been with Omnia Group for 8 years and successfully served as interim Financial Director since August 2019. He began his career at Deloitte Consulting and has 17 years of international finance experience in the manufacturing, chemicals, mining and agriculture industries. He has served on several boards, both locally and internationally, in an executive and non-executive capacity.

Lennon Phillip

Mr. Lennon Phillip serves as General Counsel of the Company. Lennon is an admitted attorney with 19 years’ post articles experience. He has extensive in-house counsel experience having led legal departments in the petrochemical, manufacturing and science and innovation industries as well as across Middle East Africa.

Jacques De Villiers

Mr. Jacques De Villiers serves as Managing Director – Omnia Fertilizer of the Company. Jacques joined Omnia in 2001 as a mechanical engineer in Sasolburg. He was later transferred to Rustenburg to serve as Technical Manager on the phosphoric acid plant. In 2006, he joined the Omnia Group Projects team and acted as Project Manager for the construction of the nitrates complex at Sasolburg. In 2015 he was appointed as General Manager: Supply Chain for Fertilizer. He was appointed as managing director of Omnia Fertilizer on 1 June 2017.

Joseph Keenan

Mr. Joseph Keenan serves as Managing director - BME of the Company. Joseph has more than 25 years experience in the global explosive industry with 15 years at senior management level. He has worked in Canada, the United States, Australia and Latin America as an executive in the mining services, power generation and oil and gas industries. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Michael Smith

Mr. Michael Smith serves as Managing Director - Protea Mining Chemicals of the Company. Michael has in excess of 25 years experience in the petrochemical and mining industries in a variety of technical, sales, marketing and management positions. He joined Protea Mining Chemicals in 2006 and held the position of commercial director until his promotion to managing director in 2016.

Jan Vermaak

Mr. Jan Vermaak serves as Managing director - Agriculture of the Company. Jan spent the first seven years of his career in the petrochemical and crude refining industries, holding various technical and production management positions. He joined Omnia in February 2001 as technical and production manager. After holding various supply chain, technical and production positions in the Omnia Fertilizer Division, he joined the Omnia Fertilizer Board in 2006. In 2012 he was promoted to Managing Director: International, and Business Development. He served as ambassador for the International Fertilizer Association since 2013.

Liesel Dentlinger

Ms. Liesel Dentlinger serves as Group Human Resources Director of the Company. Liesel has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resources and labour relations, gained in corporate South Africa. She previously held senior executive roles, in mining, management consulting and financial services. She has worked as a consultant for a number of corporates in the areas of people engagement, executive coaching, organisational effectiveness and leadership development focusing on people strategy, culture and transformation.

Kavita Pema

Ms. Kavita Pema serves as Group Executive - Safety, Sustainability and Risk of the Company. Kavita has in excess of 20 years of experience in Integrated Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, Sustainability Management, ESG Management and Project Management. She joined Omnia Group in 2013 as the General Manager for Group SHERQ and held this position until her promotion to Group Executive: Sustainability and Risk in 2018.

Francois Visagie

Mr. Francois Visagie serves as Group Executive - Business Initiatives of the Company. Francois completed a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1994 at the University of Pretoria and started at Sasol Holdings in 1995, working in various roles in Sasol Technologies. Joined Omnia in 2002 as Production Manager and later Technical Manager. Appointed as Operations Manager at Süd-Chemie Sasol Catalysts (Pty) Ltd in 2005. Joined Omnia in 2007 as Project Manager and then moved in 2009 into various business development positions in Protea Chemicals and Omnia Fertilizers, before being promoted to Group Executive: Business Initiatives in 2018.

Michelle Nana

Ms. Michelle Nana serves as Group Company Secretary of the Company. Michelle holds a BA in Industrial Psychology and Sociology and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). She is a fellow member of the South African Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, an IoDSA Certified Director, and has over 13 years’ industry experience as a director and company secretary on the boards of JSE listed companies.

Nicholas Binedell

Prof. Nicholas Aurther Binedell Ph.D. serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University, is Professor of Strategic Leadership at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), of which he was the founding Director as well as Dean.

Ronnie Bowen

Mr. Ronnie Bowen serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He is Former senior executive, managing speciality chemical businesses on 5 continents for Süd-Chemie AG, Germany for 30 years. He also worked for Ashland Chemicals Inc. of the United States. He has served on several boards, both locally and internationally, as managing director, executive director and chairman with joint-venture shareholders such as Sasol Limited, the Industrial Development Corporation, Central Energy Fund (CEF) Limited and PetroSA. He is a council member of a large global marketing consultancy and a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA).

Frank Butler

Mr. Frank Desmond Butler serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He holds Bachelor of Science Chem Eng, In 1981 he obtained Masters of Business Administration from Wits Business School. He is a Risk management consultant. During his study career, he received various awards and scholarships including the Nedbank Group MBA Student of the Year award in 1981. He was a fellow member of SAICHE and SRM. At present he is a private consultant in risk management and business strategies, having occupied senior positions including the position of chairman of CRM International Group (now Alexander Forbes Business Risk Solutions) during the period 1980 to 2001.

George Cavaleros

Mr. George Cavaleros serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. George, CA(SA), CFA, CIA, ACIS, CISA and M.Com (Applied Risk Management), retired from Deloitte during 2015 after a 30-year career with the firm. As a financial services industry partner, George provided audit and a variety of other professional services to clients including life insurance and re-insurance companies, asset managers, hedge funds and other finance entitiaes. George is currently an independent non-executive director of a listed real estate investment trust (REIT) serving on its audit and risk, remuneration and nomination committees, and is the lead independent non- executive director of a financial services group where he also chairs the audit and risk committees. Previously, George held audit committee leadership positions at a medical scheme and a leading South African university.

Linda de Beer

Prof. Linda de Beer serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Linda has 10 years’ experience in serving on the board of listed companies. She, until recently, chaired the JSE’s Financial Reporting Investigation Panel and was a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa. She still serves on the Issuers’ Regulatory Advisory Committee of the JSE and the Quality Control Assessment Committee of the Auditor General. She has recently been appointed as chair of the Public Interest Oversight Board, which oversees audit and ethics standard setting for auditors at an international level. She is a professor in practice at the University of Johannesburg.

Tina Eboka

Ms. Tina Noluthando Manchana Eboka serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Tina, who holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Textile Engineering, as well as an MBA in Business Operations and Project Management, is currently the Group Managing director for NTP Group SOC Limited, the commercial subsidiary of the Nuclear Energy Council of South Africa. She was previously a board-level Strategy Consultant with a 24 year career spanning banking, science/technology research, retail, and manufacturing industries in both public and private sectors. Tina is a recognised business turnaround specialist who previously served as Exco director at Standard Bank of South Africa for five years, where she established and led group corporate affairs and was responsible for managing stakeholder relationships, social investments and the bank's corporate strategy.

Sizwe Mncwango

Mr. Sizwe Welcome Mncwango serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Sizwe is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Investment Corporation, one of the leading BB-BEE investment holding companies that came into being shortly before South Africa’s formal political transition to democracy. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Energy & Resources since 01 April 2015, a role he assumed after serving for two years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Energy Fund. The CEF is a state-owned SA entity focusing on oil, gas, coal, renewable and alternative primary energy sources. Sizwe has served on numerous boards the past 20 years and brings along with him extensive experience in energy and energy related investments acquired over the last 30 years.

Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe

Ms. Thoko Martha Mokgosi-Mwantembe serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Thoko holds a BSc and Teaching Diploma from Swaziland and a master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Loughborough University in the UK. She serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of a number of JSE listed companies. In 2005 she was named finalist for IT Personality, winner of Top ICT Individual and winner of Top ICT Businesswoman in Africa. In 2007, she was named the Businesswoman of the year in the Corporate Category.

Willem Plaizier

Mr. Willem Plaizier serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Wim has over 35 years’ industry and strategic management consulting experience across predominantly the Chemicals, Energy, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Pulp & Paper and Metals & Mining sectors. He also brings significant international experience to the board, with more than 13 years’ in Africa. Among other roles during his career, Wim most recently served as a Partner at A.T Kearney where he was responsible for, inter alia, the African region and at a global level strategy, business planning, productivity and operations. He retired in 2017 after 21 years within the group and served from September 2018 till December 2019 as interim COO of African Parks, a nature conservancy. He is currently and independent advisor, coach and interim manager.

Zacharias Swanepoel

Mr. Zacharias Bernardus Swanepoel serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He began his career with Gengold in 1983, subsequent to which he was appointed as General Manager of Beatrix Mines in 1993. After joining Randgold & Exploration Company Limited as Managing Director of the Harmony mine in 1995, Bernard was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited in 1997, a role he held for ten years before launching To The Point Growth Specialists, which operates in the mining and resources sectors, specialising in identifying opportunities, unlocking value and driving growth.

Priyanka Padayachee