Directors of our business units

Momentum Investments (Pty) Ltd (Reg No. 2010/021352/07)

JD Krige

Qualifications: MCom (University of Stellenbosch); FIA (Institute of Actuaries, London); AMP (Harvard Business School)
Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 March 2011
Experience: He has 30 years' experience in the life insurance and asset management industries. He was Managing Director of Momentum Life between 1988-1994, Deputy Chairman of the Momentum Group between 1995-2003 and Chairman of the Life Offices Association from 2001-2002. His current positions include: Associate Professor, University of Stellenbosch; Programme Director: Post-graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, University of Stellenbosch; Director, Momentum Investment; Director, Metropolitan Retail; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Denel Retirement Fund; Member of International Advisory Board of Brandes Institute, San Diego, USA.

NAS Kruger

Qualifications:

BCom, FFA, FASSA, Advanced Management and Leadership Programme (Oxford)

Current Position: Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 March 2011
Experience: Nicolaas started his career at Momentum as an actuarial assistant in July 1991. He qualified as an actuary in 1992 through the Faculties of Actuaries in Scotland. He was appointed as chief actuary of Momentum in 1997. He obtained wider management experience as CEO of Momentum's employee benefits and health divisions prior to taking over as chief financial officer of the group in 2007. He was appointed chief executive officer of Momentum with effect from 1 January 2009. He is currently a board member of the Association of Savings and Investments SA (ASISA).

PJ Moleketi

Qualifications:

AMP (USA), MSc (financial economics - London), post-graduate diploma in economic principles (London), senior military management course (up to guerrilla bridge commander) (USSR)

Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 March 2010
Experience:

Jabu Moleketi was the Deputy Minister of Finance (2004-2008) and a founding member of BlueIQ, which included the Gautrain project. In 2004 he was appointed chairman of Public Investment Corporation and served for four years. He was the alternate governor of the IMF representing RSA from 2004 to 2008 and also the former chairman of the finance and procurement committee of the LOC board of directors.

Jabu is currently a non-executive chairman of Harith Fund Managers, Brait and the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA). He is also a director of several JSE listed companies.

FJC Truter

Qualifications: BCom (Hons), CA (SA), AMP (Oxford)
Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed:
01 March 2010
Experience:

Frans is, at present, a director of Momentum Group, Advantage Asset managers, FirstRand International Asset Management and Momentum Global Investment Management Limited

He has been part of Momentum Group on the senior management team, and amongst the positions he has held are chief financial officer of Momentum Group Limited and director of strategic investments for the Group, since 1988. He resigned from Momentum on June 2007 and now serves on various boards and committees in a non-executive capacity.

JC van Reenen

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Master of Business Administration
Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 March 2010
Experience:

Johan is currently executive director of Imalivest, Johan van Reenen has a wealth of expertise and experience in investment banking and asset management, both locally and internationally.

FW van Zyl

Qualifications:

BCom, FIA – Institute of Actuaries, Advanced Management Programme: Harvard University

Current Position: Executive Director
Appointed: 01 March 2011
Experience: Wilhelm joined Sanlam in 1988 and was appointed as an actuarial assistant at Protea Life in 1990. Protea Life was subsequently acquired by Commercial Union (CU) in 1996 and renamed Metropolitan Odyssey. He was managing director of Metropolitan Odyssey before he became an actuary at the holdings company in 2001.

Wilhelm was appointed head of the group’s employee benefits unit in 2006 and became the group chief executive officer of Metropolitan Holdings in 2008. He was recently appointed as the deputy chief executive officer of MMI Holdings.

Wilhelm has 23 years industry experience.

BJ van der Ross (Chairman)

Qualifications: Dip Law (UCT)
Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 March 2010
Experience:

Benedict van der Ross was admitted to the Cape Side Bar as an attorney and conveyancer and practiced for his own account for 16 years. He became an executive director with the Urban Foundation for five years up to 1990 and thereafter of the Independent Development Trust where he was deputy chief executive officer from 1995 to 1998. He acted as chief executive officer of the South African Rail Commuter Corporation from 2001 to 2003 and as chief executive officer of Business South Africa from 2003 to 2004. He served on the board of The Southern Life Association from 1986 until the formation of the FirstRand Group in 1998.

He is currently a director of FirstRand Group, Strategic Real Estate Management (Proprietary) Limited, Distell Group Limited, Lewis Group Limited, Naspers Limited and Pick 'n' Pay Stores Limited.

M Vilakazi

Qualifications:

BCom (Honours), HDip Auditing, CA (SA)

Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 October 2011
Experience:

Mary Vilakazi is an independent consultant.Prior to this, she was the chief financial officer of the MS Group.Mary is a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she specialised in the audit of financial services companies.

Mary serves on the boards of Curro Holdings Limited, Holdsport Limited and other private companies.She also serves on the FSB Long-term Insurance Advisory Committee to the Minister of Finance.

Ethel Matenge-Sebesho

Qualifications:

Diploma in Management (Henley, UK), Certified Associate of Institute of Bankers SA, MBA (Brunel University, London)

Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 October 2011
Experience: tbc

P E (Preston) Speckmann

Qualifications:

BCompt( Hons), CA(SA)

Current Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 01 April 2013
Experience: Preston Speckmann was appointed as group finance director of Metropolitan in 1999 and served on the Metropolitan Board since then. He was previously an audit partner at Coopers & Lybrand and held a senior position at Old Mutual where he was responsible for the accounting aspects of their demutualisation and listing.

Momentum Alternative Investments (Pty) Ltd (Reg No. 2007/004246/07)

MT Mutlanyane

Current Position: Chief Executive Officer: Alternative Investments
Experience:

Motlatsi joined Momentum Asset Management (previously RMB Asset Management) in October 2008 as head of Liability-Driven Investments, later taking on the role of head of customised solutions in February 2009. He has 16 years’ experience in financial services, with a particular focus on derivatives trading and solutions prior to joining the group.

FW van Zyl

Current Position: Executive Director
Experience:

Wilhelm joined Sanlam in 1988 and was appointed as an actuarial assistant at Protea Life in 1990. Protea Life was subsequently acquired by Commercial Union (CU) in 1996 and renamed Metropolitan Odyssey. He was managing director of Metropolitan Odyssey before he became an actuary at the holdings company in 2001.

AG (Rian) Smit

Current Position: Chief Operations Officer
Experience:

Rian qualified as CA(SA) in 1994. His early experience was gained at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 3 years, then another year at ArcelorMittal (then called Iscor).
He spent a further 8 years at Africa Merchant Bank, and then movd onto Deutsche Securities. He finally moved to Momentum Investments in 2009.


Momentum Asset Management (Pty) Ltd (Reg No. 1987/004655/07)

S Mabuza

Qualifications:

BCom (Hons) (Finance), Mathematical Modelling of Derivatives, LAP

Current Position: Chief Executive Officer
Experience:

Sibusiso joined Momentum Asset Management (previously RMB Asset Management)  in April 2009 as head of institutional business. Prior to joining the company he worked for Cadiz Financial Strategy Group as a portfolio manager, then director for the asset management business and member of the Executive Decision Forum for the group. He started his career in 1998 at Investec Asset Management where he worked until 2001. Here he fulfilled a variety of roles, beginning as equity dealing support, followed by portfolio administration and then scrip lending.

In 2001 he joined Momentum Employee Benefits where he was a team leader within FundsAtWork. In December 2002 he joined the investment product development team with Momentum Investment House where he focused on designing investment products for both pension funds and retail clients.

Sibusiso has been appointed as chief executive officer of Momentum Asset Management, a company that resulted from the merger of RMB Asset Management and Metropolitan Asset Managers.

Sibusiso has 13 years industry experience.

SD van der Westhuizen

Qualifications:

CA (SA), CFA, FRA 

Current Position: Non-executive Director
Experience:

Shelley joined Metropolitan Asset Managers (MetAM) in 2003, after working for Ernst & Young, locally and in the US, as a senior business analyst.

In 2005, she engineered the role of investment risk management at MetAM as a separate function.

Her responsibilities included formulating the investment risk management policy of the company and identifying, evaluating and advising on investment risks arising from investment processes and investment decisions per investment strategy. In her role, Shelley acted as the executive arm of the investment performance and risk committee of the company and was a member of Metropolitan’s asset liability forum. She was also was a member of MetAM’s executive committee from 2007 sharing responsibility for leading the business.

Shelley was appointed as chief operating officer of MetAM in February 2011 and in June 2011, was appointed as head of governance services for Momentum Investments and an executive committee member.

FW van Zyl

Qualifications:

BCom, FIA – Institute of Actuaries, Advanced Management Programme: Harvard University

Current Position: Non-executive Director
Experience: Wilhelm joined Sanlam in 1988 and was appointed as an actuarial assistant at Protea Life in 1990. Protea Life was subsequently acquired by Commercial Union (CU) in 1996 and renamed Metropolitan Odyssey. He was managing director of Metropolitan Odyssey before he became an actuary at the holdings company in 2001.

Wilhelm was appointed head of the group’s employee benefits unit in 2006 and became the group chief executive officer of Metropolitan Holdings in 2008. He was recently appointed as the deputy chief executive officer of MMI Holdings.

Wilhelm has 23 years industry experience.

Momentum Collective Investments Limited (Reg No 1987/004287/06)

BJ van der Ross

Current Position: Director of FirstRand Group, Strategic Real Estate Management (Proprietary) Limited, Distell Group Limited, Lewis Group Limited, Naspers Limited and Pick 'n' Pay Stores Limited
Experience: Benedict van der Ross was admitted to the Cape Side Bar as an attorney and conveyancer and practiced for his own account for 16 years. He became an executive director with the Urban Foundation for five years up to 1990 and thereafter of the Independent Development Trust where he was deputy chief executive officer from 1995 to 1998. He acted as chief executive officer of the South African Rail Commuter Corporation from 2001 to 2003 and as chief executive officer of Business South Africa from 2003 to 2004. He served on the board of The Southern Life Association from 1986 until the formation of the FirstRand Group in 1998.

FJC Truter

Qualifications: BCom (Hons), CA (SA), AMP (Oxford)
Current Position: Non-Executive Director
Experience:

Frans is, at present, a director of Momentum Group, Advantage Asset managers, FirstRand International Asset Management and Momentum Global Investment Management Limited

He has been part of Momentum Group on the senior management team, and amongst the positions he has held are chief financial officer of Momentum Group Limited and director of strategic investments for the Group, since 1988. He resigned from Momentum on June 2007 and now serves on various boards and committees in a non-executive capacity.


Momentum Global Investment Management Limited

Executive directors

F van Heerden

Qualifications: BSc, BSc (Hons)
Current Position: Chief Executive Officer: Momentum Global Investment Management Limited
Experience: Ferdi has more than 22 years experience in the life and pensions industry, as well as consumer banking in South Africa and more recently in Europe with the Quantum Group.  Prior to joining the Quantum Group, Ferdi held a number of senior executive positions in both Momentum and the FirstRand Group. During his career of almost 20 years with the Group, his responsibilities included heading up Momentum’s individual life operation, the private pension fund administration business, as well as FirstRand’s consumer banking division.

GA Owen

Current Position: Investment Director: Momentum Global Invetsment Management
Experience:

Glyn was one of the founders of Momentum’s asset management, advisory and investment services business in the UK in 1998. He is now head of the multi-asset team which includes the advisory arm of the UK business, Momentum Global Investment Management Limited. 

Glyn has over thirty five years of investment experience, most of which has been in the City of London. Prior to working with the FirstRand Group, Glyn was head of the International Division at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, where he was responsible for international investments for non-UK institutions. He also spent three years working in the investment industry in Australia.  

Non-executive directors

L Greyling

Current position: Chief Executive Officer: Momentum Manager of Managers
Experience: Leon was appointed as the chief executive officer of Advantage Asset Managers (now Momentum Manager of Managers, a business in South Africa part of the Momentum Group) in January 2010. He joined from Sygnia Asset Management, where he was their deputy chief executive officer and prior to that he spent 13 years with the Alexander Forbes Group, heading up their asset consulting division and then as a director of Investment Solutions, the largest multi-manager in South Africa.

FJC Truter

Qualifications: BCom (Hons), CA (SA), AMP (Oxford)
Current Position: Non-Executive Director
Experience:

Frans is, at present, a director of Momentum Group, Advantage Asset managers, FirstRand International Asset Management and Momentum Global Investment Management Limited

He has been part of Momentum Group on the senior management team, and amongst the positions he has held are chief financial officer of Momentum Group Limited and director of strategic investments for the Group, since 1988. He resigned from Momentum on June 2007 and now serves on various boards and committees in a non-executive capacity.

FW van Zyl

Qualifications:

BCom, FIA – Institute of Actuaries, Advanced Management Programme: Harvard University

Current Position: Non-executive Director
Experience: Wilhelm joined Sanlam in 1988 and was appointed as an actuarial assistant at Protea Life in 1990. Protea Life was subsequently acquired by Commercial Union (CU) in 1996 and renamed Metropolitan Odyssey. He was managing director of Metropolitan Odyssey before he became an actuary at the holdings company in 2001.

Wilhelm was appointed head of the group’s employee benefits unit in 2006 and became the group chief executive officer of Metropolitan Holdings in 2008. He was recently appointed as the deputy chief executive officer of MMI Holdings.

Wilhelm has 23 years industry experience.

Momentum Manager of Managers (Pty) Ltd (Reg No 2004/023064/07)

Executive directors

L Greyling

Current Position: Chief Executive Officer: Momentum Manager of Managers
Experience:

Leon has extensive experience in the investment-management and retirement-fund landscape. He headed Alexander Forbes Asset Consultants in the late 1990s and following that, was a director of Investment Solutions and a member of the company’s executive and investment committees. He left Investment Solutions in 2008 after serving 13 and a half years with the Alexander Forbes Group. His most recent role has been as the deputy CEO of Sygnia Asset Management, where he started up the company’s Johannesburg office. Leon brings a strong client-focused background and an excellent knowledge of the needs of trustees, consultants and financial advisers.

H Kerwan

Qualifications: CA (SA) 
Current Position: Chief Financial Officer: Momentum Manager of Managers
Experience:

After qualifying as a CA(SA) and completing her articles at Arthur Andersen, Heidi worked at Hollard Insurance for two years. She joined Investment Solutions in 1999, where she was the financial manager for six years. She took a short break and re-joined the Alexander Forbes Group in April 2006 as the group financial manager. In November 2011, Heidi took up the position of CFO at Momentum Manager of Managers (Pty) Ltd.

S Saunderson

Qualifications: BSc, BCom (Hons), MCom (Cum Laude) 
Current Position: Chief Investment Officer: Momentum Manager of Managers
Experience:

Sonja has 12 years experience in the industry and joined PSG Escher in 2000. Her various roles in the company included research analyst, head of research and deputy chief investment officer before being promoted to chief investment officer in 2010. Sonja lectured Actuarial Science at the North-West University School for Business Mathematics and Informatics before joining the industry. She studied a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science at North West University, after which she completed a BCom and BCom Hons in Economics and Statistics. She completed a MCom in Statistics and Economics and various actuarial subjects before pursuing a career in the investment industry. Sonja has extensive experience in research and product development side as well as investment processes relating to portfolio management and implementation issues. 

Non-executive directors

F Van Heerden

Qualifications: BSc, BSc (Hons)
Current Position: Chief Executive Officer: Momentum Global Investment Management Limited
Experience: Ferdi has more than 22 years experience in the life and pensions industry, as well as consumer banking in South Africa and more recently in Europe with the Quantum Group.  Prior to joining the Quantum Group, Ferdi held a number of senior executive positions in both Momentum and the FirstRand Group. During his career of almost 20 years with the Group, his responsibilities included heading up Momentum’s individual life operation, the private pension fund administration business, as well as FirstRand’s consumer banking division.

N Pillay

Qualifications: Diploma in IT, MBA
Current Position: Chief Operating Officer: Momentum Manager of Managers
Experience: Neelan’s responsibility involves the oversight and management of all operational areas within Momentum Manager of Managers and includes the portfolio administration, HR, risk management, IT, legal, compliance and implementation departments. He has 13 years experience within the financial-services industry, of which his initial three years were spent project consulting to financial-services organisations on system and process re-engineering initiatives. Another seven years were spent at a large commercial bank in various roles and capacities ranging from project manager, business analyst, test analyst, product manager and project accountant. Neelan’s stay at the bank saw him gain valid experience and exposure across the various business units including electronic banking, IT, finance, corporate, business banking and, finally, investment banking. His project experience relates to medium and large-scale, multi-million rand projects involving solution development, automation and business process re-engineering. Neelan holds a diploma in IT, a MAP certificate from the Wits Business School and a MBA degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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