RMI is fortunate to call on its extensively skilled and vastly experienced board for their governance
and oversight in achieving its strategic goals and delivering value to all its stakeholders.
B.Com, Hons B (B&A), MBA
GT was a co-founder of Rand Consolidated Investments (RCI) in 1977, which acquired control of Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) in 1985. When RMH was founded in 1987, he was appointed chairman, a position that he still holds. Following the formation of FirstRand, he was appointed non-executive chairman from 1998 to 2008.
B.Acc (Hons), M.Phil (Oxford), CA(SA)
Jannie, a Rhodes Scholar, is the chief executive of Remgro Limited and, before its delisting, he was the financial director and chief executive of Venfin Limited. He has been a director of Remgro Limited since November 2009 and served as a non-executive director of Alexander Forbes Limited from October 2004 to July 2007.
B.Com (Law), LLB, LLM, CFA
Herman was with RMB for 12 years and ultimately headed up its corporate finance practice between 2000 and 2006. He returned to the group in 2014 after serving as chief executive of Deutsche Bank South Africa from 2006 to 2013.
B.Com (Hons), CA(SA), AMP(Harvard)
Albertinah Kekana is the chief executive of Royal Bafokeng Holdings Proprietary Limited. She has extensive asset management, investment banking and business leadership experience. She was previously the COO of the Public Investment Corporation.
B.Com. (Accounting); CA(SA)
David is a chartered accountant by profession and is currently employed by Royal Bafokeng Holdings(RBH) as Head of Portfolio. He is a director of Royal Bafokeng Platinum Limited, representing RBH. Prior to joining RBH, he was a director and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for sub-Saharan Africa at Deutsche Bank, South Africa. Before joining Deutsche Bank in 2004, he was an Associate Director, Corporate Finance at HSBC, South Africa and Vice President, Corporate Finance at ING Barings, South Africa.
B.Com (Hons), FIA
Faffa joined Remgro in 2013. He focuses on the company’s interests in the financial services and sports industries. Prior to joining Remgro, Faffa spent time at Sanlam, Alexander Forbes and Payprop Capital. His experience varies from valuator and consulting actuary to a number of pension and provident funds, overall responsibility for the full service offering to retirement fund clients to establishing a niche company as an authorised financial service provider rendering investment advice and providing a unique short-term insurance solution as alternative for rental deposits in the residential property market.
B.Com, LLB, HDIP Co Law, HDIP TAX
Jan was a partner in Hofmeyr, Van der Merwe and Botha from 1978 and chairman of the firm from 1993 until 1999. He joined the board of RMB in 1984 and RMH on formation. In 2000 he joined the Rembrandt group as an executive director. At the time of the split of Remgro and Venfin he became a non-executive director of both companies. He was re-appointed as executive director of Remgro in 2008, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 2013.
B.Com (Hons), CA(SA)
Johan joined the group’s investment banking business, RMB, in 1986, where he performed a number of roles before being appointed financial director in 1995. In 1998, following the creation of FirstRand Limited, Johan was appointed CFO of the banking businesses and, in 2002, CFO of the group. In 2009 he took on the combined roles of CFO and COO until October 2013 when he relinquished his CFO portfolio and was appointed group Deputy CEO. He became CEO in October 2015.
BA (Hons), MBA
Khehla served various political organisations after incarceration on Robben Island for political activism. He is an author and has co-authored several political publications.
Laurie was a co-founder of RCI in 1977. He became an executive director of RMB in 1985 and managing director of RMB in 1988, a position he held until 1992 when RMH acquired a controlling interest in Momentum. He served as executive chairman of Momentum from 1992 until the formation of FirstRand in 1998. He was appointed as the first chief executive of FirstRand and held this position until the end of 2005, when he assumed a non-executive role. He has been chairman of FirstRand since November 2008.
MCEF- Princeton ’91
Murphy has a career spanning more than 30 years covering the worlds of student activism, trade unionism, the public sector, politics, youth development, environment and conservation.
BEcom (Hons), BAccSc (Hons), CA(SA)
After graduating from the University of Stellenbosch as the president of the Association of Economics and Commerce Student, representing South Africa at the Hague and Basel, Pat qualified as chartered accountant with Ernst and Young. He started his career at the Industrial Development Corporation and has served as a director on various group companies for the past 35 years. He has a passion for conservation and has served as chairman of the Natal Parks Board. His family interests include Umngazi River Bungalows and various other conservation related activities.
Paul was a co-founder of RCI in 1977 and he became an executive director of RMB in 1985. He spent four years in Australia where he founded Australian Gilt Securities (later to become RMB Australia) and returned to South Africa in 1991 as deputy managing director of RMB. In 1992 he took over as chief executive. Subsequent to the formation of FirstRand, he was appointed as chief executive of FirstRand Bank Holdings in 1999, a position he held until December 2005 when he was appointed as chief executive of FirstRand. He retired from his executive position at the end of December 2009.
B.Sc (Accounting); M.Sc.(Economics)
Per is a co-founder and the CEO of Sinequanon, specialists in smart data solutions for human capital. Previously he was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he headed up the Financial Services Sector and the Organisation Practice.
B.Com (Hons), CA (SA), HDip Tax
Peter has extensive experience in financial services, first as tax consultant and then as structured finance expert. He joined RMB’s Special Projects division in 1992 and transferred to RMH in 1997. He is the immediate past chief executive of RMI and RMH.
LLB(Hons); LSE, MA; SFA
Sonja is a principal partner of Identity Partners, a women led investment firm that also has a corporate finance advisory division and facilitates finance for SMEs through the Identity Development Fund. Sonja’s areas of study included law, business and economics, which served her well as vice president in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank. She played an integral part in WDB Investment Holdings participating in FirstRand’s BEE transactions. She is also Chairman of the Ethos Mid-Market Fund.
B.Com (Hons), CA(SA)
Obakeng is the chief executive of the Royal Bafokeng Nation Development Trust, which holds all the commercial assets on behalf of the Royal Bafokeng Nation. He serves on the board of Royal Bafokeng Holdings Proprietary Limited, Impala Platinum Limited and Mining, Oil and Gas Services Proprietary Limited amongst others.