Senior managers

Gary Cundill

BSc Eng (Chem), BEng Hons (Water), GDE (Civil), MPhil (Environmental Management), Pr Eng

Gary is Group Technical and Safety, Health and Environment Manager. He has worked in the chemicals, explosives and steel industries. Prior to joining the Group in 2001, he held positions in technical development and project and operations management.

Gugu Mthethwa

BSc Eng (Chem), MBA

Gugu is Group M&A Manager. She joined AECI in 2011. Her work experience includes various roles in the chemical processing and pulp manufacturing industries, as well as investment banking.

Fulvia Putero

MA (Translation)

Fulvia is AECI’s Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Manager. A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, she joined the Group’s Publicity Department as a Junior Press Officer in 1986.

Nomini Rapoo

BCom (Law), UED, LLB, Admitted Attorney of the High Court, Certificate in Corporate Governance

Nomini joined AECI in 2011 as Group Company Secretary. In addition to her commercial and legal degrees, she has qualifications and extensive experience across a spectrum of disciplines including risk and compliance management, internal audit, legal services and corporate governance.

Iwan Schutte


Iwan is the Group’s Internal Audit Manager. Prior to this position he was Divisional Internal Audit Manager responsible for the specialty chemicals cluster. He joined AECI in 2004.

Trevor Starke


Trevor is Group Treasurer with overall responsibility for treasury functions, Corporate Centre accounting, payroll and office management. He joined AECI in 1997 and worked in Group Accounting before joining the Treasury in 1999.

Toni Serra


Toni was appointed as AECI’s Chief Information Officer in March 2016, having acted in this position since July 2015. He has overall responsibility for managing IT operations, including the formulation and implementation of the Group’s IT strategy. Toni has extensive experience in the IT field, including that gained in his role as Chief Information Officer at Nampak.

Graham Thompson


Graham is Group Financial Manager with overall responsibility for the Group’s finance and tax functions. He joined AECI in 2005 as Group Accountant.

Louis van der Walt

Bluris, LLB, CFP, Advocate of the High Court

Louis has been Manager of AECI’s Retirement Funds since 1999. He joined AECI as a Legal Advisor in 1991, having worked in similar capacities elsewhere. Louis is a Certified Financial Planner.

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