Senior managers

Neil Franklin

B-Tech Safety Management

Neil is the AECI’s Group Safety, Health and Environment (“SHE”) Manager, appointed in 2017. He has extensive experience in SHE risk management in mining and
petro-chemical manufacturing across small and large operating sites globally.

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.

Trevor Roberts

BSc Eng (Industrial), BSc Hons (Tech Management), MBA

Trevor is Head of AECI’s Group Strategic Sourcing department, established in 2016. Prior to this, he was a member of AEL’s Executive Committee with responsibility for the supply chain, sourcing, marketing and strategic capital projects. Trevor joined the Group in 1999.

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.

Toni Serra


Toni is AECI’s Chief Information Officer with overall responsibility for managing IT operations, including the formulation and implementation of the Group’s IT strategy. He has extensive experience in the IT field, including that gained in his role as Chief Information Officer at Nampak.

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 moving to the Treasury in 1999.

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.

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