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OUR PEOPLE

Happy Ntshingila

Independent non-executive
Chairman

Happy Ntshingila is Chairman of Washirika 3 Oaks. He was previously Chief Executive Officer at SuperSport International. Prior to that he was Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Barclays Africa. He is the former Deputy Chairman of Brand SA, sat on the Council of the University of Fort Hare, he is Chairman of the Eminent Persons Group (tasked with  transformation in SA sport) and is Chairman of NPI Governance Consulting. Former CEO and founder of the famed HerdBuoys
Advertising.


Happy joined the Board in February 2019. Happy is also a member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and
Social and Ethics Committee.

 

Mark Barnes

Non-executive
director

Mark Barnes graduated from UCT with a Business Science degree in Actuarial Science and attended a Management Programme at Harvard Business School. Mark is widely known as an investment banker in South Africa. He has 30 years of experience in financial services, holding positions of leadership at Standard Bank, Capital Alliance and Brait. Mark has had a wide exposure to financial markets previously as head of the biggest treasury operation in South Africa and as Chairman of the South African Futures Exchange.He is currently a significant shareholder in the Purple Group. Mark is a frequent contributor in the South African media and was most recently CEO of the South African Post Office, until September 2019.


Mark joined the Board in October 2004. Mark is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and Risk Committee

 

Charles Savage

Group CEO

Charles leads the Purple Group - a fintech company and a pioneer in democratising the stock market for all South Africans. He was part of the team that broke new ground in CFD and spread trading in South Africa. In 2000, he led the development of the world’s first fully automated online Spread Trading platform. Charles is the founder of EasyEquities - a platform aimed at democratising the stock exchange, allowing all South Africans to achieve financial dignity.

Charles joined the Board in July 2009. Charles is also a member of the Risk Committee.

 

 

Gary van Dyk

Group CFO

Gary completed his articles at KPMG at the end of 2002 at which time he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then spent four years in the Transaction Advisory Division of KPMG prior to joining Purple Group in November 2006. Gary was Head of Corporate Finance until April 2013 at which time he was appointed as the Group’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer.

Gary joined the Board in April 2013. Gary is also a member of the Social and Ethics Committee and Risk Committee.



Craig Carter

Independent non-executive
director

Craig has over 30 years’ experience, predominantly in technology and financial services, including treasury, corporate finance, venture capital, banking and mobile payments. Craig joined Purple Group at its inception as COO and was most recently COO for WIZZIT International. He is currently an independent management consultant.

Craig joined the Board in February 2005. Craig is also a member of the Risk Committee and Chairman of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

 

Arnold Forman

Independent non-executive
director

Arnold Forman is a chartered accountant having completed articles at Arthur Young, and having worked at PWC locally and internationally. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of The Lubner Group of Companies which portfolio includes Real Estate, Property Development, Retail, Sporting and Financial Services Interests. His 24 years of experience in strategy, operations, financial and marketing aspects of these businesses is valuable, broad and always seeking out of the box solutions to promote
businesses. His latest business passion is the landmark completion on The Houghton Residential and Hotel Development. From a CSI perspective, he was one of the founders and until last year the financial director of the NPO Afrika Tikkun which focuses on the education and career development of underprivileged township children and youth in South Africa. Today this NPO has 480 employees with more than 11 000 beneficiaries.

Arnold joined the Board in February 2019. Arnold is also a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Risk Committee.

 

 

Bonang Mohale

Non-executive director

Bonang is Professor of Practice in the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) College of Business and Economics. He is a highly respected South African businessman, who is known for his patriotism and his active role in seeking to advance the country’s
interests. Bonang was former Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) till July 2019. Prior to joining BLSA, Mr Mohale ended a distinguished term as Vice President Upstream and Chairman of Shell South Africa Proprietary Limited at the end of June 2017. Bonang, who originally studied to be a medical doctor, has had a distinguished career at the helm and in leadership roles of several major South African and multinational companies; including Otis Elevators, South African
Airways, Sanlam Limited, and Drake & Scull Integrated Facilities Management. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa Limited, Bidvest Group Limited, FirstRand Limited and National Business Initiative (NBI). Mr Mohale has an impressive
track record of building successful companies, delivering results and making significant advances in transformation in the
companies he has been involved in.

Bonang joined the Board in February 2019. Bonang is also Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee.