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OUR PEOPLE

Almero Oosthuizen

VP of Business Development

Almero joined GT247.com (Purple Group) in March 2010, after spending four years in London in the television production industry and three years in the publishing industry with Ramsay Media.

Almero graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Financial Management.

 

Justin Pearse

VP Client Relations

Justin joined the Purple Group in May 2015, after completing a three-year tenure as MD of Majinga Consulting, a Johannesburg-based recruitment agency. Prior to that, he was a co-founder of one of the first online music retail platforms, which he ran in London from 2004 till late 2011.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town.

 

Nilan Morar

VP Trading

Nilan has been involved in financial markets for the past 19 years. His experience hails mostly from major financial institutions and his areas of expertise include money markets, fixed income administration and trading derivatives.

Nilan completed his RPE exams, South African Regulatory module through the Securities Institute in London as well as the regulatory RE1 and RE5 modules.

 

Patrick Daoust

VP Operations
Patrick joined Purple Group in May 2015 and has over 15 years of experience managing the financial departments of listed multi-national companies both locally and in Europe and the USA. Patrick completed his articles and graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Auditing.
 

Carlos Fernandes

VP Special Ops

Carlos joined GT247.com in 2005, and currently serves as the Head of IT. He has been working in the computer and telecommunication field for over 10 years. During this time, he has held a number of leadership roles working as an IT Support Technician, Infrastructure, Application Manager and IT Manager. Carlos holds Comptia A+, N+ & i-Net+ certifications and is working towards his MCDBA and MCSE.

 

Kelebogile Mokgosi

VP Compliance

Kele joined Purple Group in April 2015 as Internal Compliance Officer, and was later promoted to Head of Compliance. Kele has experience as a Compliance Manager at both FNB and Standard Bank. She has a B Proc Degree and also holds a Senior Leadership Development Program (SLDP) certificate from Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS).

 

Tristan Finnemore

VP Digital Assets

Tristan joined GT247.com in 2006. He implemented our CRM system in 2007 and joined the Sales team as a Sales Performance Manager in 2009. He was Regional Sales Manager Gauteng from 2012, and went on to become Head of Sales in March 2013. Tristan has a Bachelor of Information Systems degree from Bond University.

 

Mark Wilkes

VP Risk and Compliance

Mark has over 20 years of financial markets experience having worked for banks, stockbrokers and discount houses in London, Amsterdam and South Africa, dealing in bonds, equities and derivatives (options/OTC/exchange) as both a Dealer and Head of Risk.

He is an Arts graduate, has completed all of the RPE exams, is a JSE Registered Securities Trader and JSE Commodities Dealer. In addition he has varied Equity and Derivative Compliance/Settlement qualifications. Designations include SAIFM Dealer, MIFM, PBSA, M Inst D.

 

Greg Strachan

VP Sales

After graduating from the University of Natal PMB with an Honours Degree in Finance and Economics in 2002, Greg spent 7 years in the Investment Banking environment in London at various banks, most notably Credit Suisse and Lloyds Banking Group. He joined the Purple Group in 2010 as a Sales Consultant. Over the last 6 years has had extensive exposure to the South African Market and Financial Markets as a whole, building a substantial client base with the Purple Group. His extensive experience within Financial Services Sales gives him the perfect platform to take Purple Group Sales to new heights in his new Role as Vice President of Group Sales.

 

Shantell Williams

VP Software Development

Joined the team in February 2016 as a Software Development manager. She brings fresh thinking and planned professional execution of our ideas to the table! Shantell is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Solutions Framework Practitioner.

 

Chad Crew

VP Finance

Chad joined the Purple Group in July 2016 and has over 15 years in various Financial Manager rolls. He obtained his BCompt from Unisa and did a year’s articles in the UK. He started out at Barlow World Motors and headed up Finance for Africa, Europe and the UAE for the American company K2 Workflow for 6 years. He joins the team from a small Wealth Management and Consulting firm. Chad also has his JSE Registered Securities Trader exam.