Schalk took up his position as AECI’s Chairman in 2012. He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. He was AECI’s Chief Executive from 2003 to 2008.

Graham Dempster

BCom, CA(SA)

Graham was appointed to AECI’s Board on 31 January 2016 and joined the Audit Committee on 22 February. He has 35 years’ experience in the banking industry, both in South Africa and internationally. He was an Executive Director of the Nedbank Group/Nedbank Limited (“Nedbank”) at the time of his retirement in 2015 and is the past Chief Operating Officer of Nedbank. He served as a Member of Nedbank’s Board Group Credit sub-Committee, as Chairman of the Asset and Liability Committee and the Nedbank Brand Committee. He serves as a Non-executive Director on the Boards of Imperial Holdings and Telkom.


Richard joined AECI’s Board in 2007. He is Chairman of the Audit and Remuneration Committees, a member of the Nominations and Risk Committees and chairs the Financial Review and Risk Committee (“FRRC”) of AECI’s specialty chemicals cluster. Richard is a member of the Boards and Audit Committees of Anglo American Platinum and the Standard Bank Group.

Mark Dytor

Mark assumed his role as AECI’s Chief Executive in 2013. He was appointed to AECI’s Executive Committee in 2010 and to its Board in January 2013. Having joined Chemical Services Limited (“Chemserve”) as a sales representative in 1984, and after managing two Chemserve companies, Mark was appointed to Chemserve’s Executive Committee in 1998 and subsequently to its Board.


Zellah joined the AECI Board in 2007 and chairs the Social and Ethics Committee. She is an Executive and a Board member at Dimension Data. She was previously an Executive at Plessey where she served as Managing Executive of Plessey Broadband Investments and Managing Director of Plessey South Africa for a number of years. Zellah is a member of the Engen Board. Previously she served on the Boards of Afric Oil (Chair), Worldwide Coal Carolina (Chair), the Oceana Group, Worldwide African Investment Holdings and the Unisa School of Business Leadership.

Godfrey Gomwe

BAcc, MBL, CA(Z), CD(SA)

Godfrey joined the AECI Board in January 2015 and he is a member of the Audit Committee. Godfrey has extensive experience as an Executive in the metals and mining industries. At the time of his early retirement in 2014, he was Chief Executive of Anglo American Thermal Coal and was also responsible for Anglo American’s manganese interests in the joint venture with BHP Billiton. During his career Godfrey developed and led the execution of major business repositioning and transformation strategies. He was also a leader in driving safety culture and performance in the workplace.

Mark Kathan

CA(SA), AMP (Harvard)

Mark is AECI’s Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer, which positions he took up in 2008. Prior to joining AECI, he held a senior finance position at Nampak and served on that company’s Group Executive Committee. In addition to overall responsibility for the Finance and Treasury functions, Mark oversees AECI’s Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Legal and Secretariat, Internal Audit and IT functions as well as its Retirement Funds. He also plays a leading role in M&A activities.

Rams Ramashia

Hons BCompt CA (SA)

Moses joined the Board on 1 September 2016. He has 34 years of accounting, audit and advisory experience in the public and private sectors. Moses is past Chief Executive of KPMG in South Africa and he was Chairman of KPMG Africa, representing the region on the KPMG EMA and KPMG International Boards. He is currently Executive Chairman of his own property investment company, Peduco Properties Investments. He also serves on the Boards of inter alia Alexander Forbes, Famous Brands, Imperial Holdings, Massmart Holdings and Transaction Capital.

MSc (Chem Eng), MBA

Liziwe joined AECI’s Board in 2011 and is a member of the Risk Committee. She is head of strategy at a large company in the oil and gas sector in Africa. Prior to taking up this position in 2013, Liziwe was Refinery Operations Manager at Shell and BP Southern Africa Petroleum Refineries (“SAPREF”) in Durban. She has extensive experience in manufacturing, projects, risk management, business improvement and strategy gained during her career at SAPREF, Sasol Technology and Unilever SA.

Khotso Mokhele

BSc (Agriculture), MSc (Food Science), PhD (Microbiology)

Khotso was appointed to the AECI Board on 1 March 2016. He is Special Advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology, Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Lead Independent Non-executive Director of Afrox and a Non-executive Director on the Boards of Hans Merensky Holdings, Tiger Brands and Zimbabwe Platinum Holdings.

BSc, BEng (Elect), Pr Eng

Allen joined the AECI Board in 2010. He is Chairman of the Risk Committee, a member of the Audit and Social and Ethics Committees as well as Chairman of the AEL FRRC. Allen spent his working life at Eskom and served as that company’s Chief Executive from 1994 until his retirement in 2000. Other directorships include BioTherm Energy, Imalivest Assets and Kumba Iron Ore.

BIuris, LLB, LLM

Rams joined the AECI Board in 2010 and serves on the Social and Ethics, Risk, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. In 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Anglo American South Africa where he serves as a member of its Risk and Audit Committee and chairs the Social and Ethics Committee. He is Non-executive Chairman of Rand Refinery and also chairs that company’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Rams is past Chairman of BP Southern Africa, SAPREF and the South African Petroleum Industry Association. Between 2000 and 2004 he was Director-General of the National Department of Labour and government Chief Negotiator at the National Economic Development and Labour Council. Rams is a practising advocate of the High Court and a member of the Council of the Pretoria Society of Advocates.

All rights Reserved.