The unitary board of directors of DAWN has an Interim Chairman, Theunis de Bruyn, a non-executive director. As the chairman is not independent, Lou Alberts, the lead independent director, fulfils an underpinning role to the chairman. The board composition reflects an appropriate mix of executive and non-executive directors. It comprises six non-executive directors, with four being independent, and three executive directors. The board includes two black directors, translating into 22% black representation, with gender diversity translating into 11% through one of the directors being a white female.
Meet the Dawn Board
Chief Executive Officer
Edwin Hewitt (52)
Chief executive officer
Member of the executive
committee; member of the
audit and risk committee from
a risk perspective; a member of the social,
ethics and transformation
Edwin was appointed chief restructuring officer at DAWN in February 2017, working with a major bank, where he played a significant role in finalising a recapitalisation programme.
Prior to working at DAWN, Edwin
was the chief restructuring
officer at cement producer PPC,
working with four major banks.
He also previously served as
chief executive officer of Capital
Africa Steel and fabrication and
manufacturing division head at
Murray & Roberts.
With effect from 1 April 2017,
Edwin has been appointed chief
executive officer of DAWN.
Date appointed: 1 February 2017
Hanré Bester (39)
Hanré has been with the group for eight years as group financial manager and served as interim financial director during the first half of F2017. Hanré qualified as a CA(SA) and spent six years in tax consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc before joining the DAWN group
Date appointed: 1 September 2018.
George Nakos (40)
BCom (cum laude); CA(SA);
CFA; PLD (Harvard)
George is currently employed as group corporate finance executive of Imperial
Holdings Ltd. From 2000 to 2015, George was employed in various senior
corporate finance positions by Investec Bank and global coordinator of the
natural resources corporate finance team.
External appointments: Member of the executive committee of Imperial
Date appointed: 12 November 2015
Lead Independent Director
Member of the audit and risk committee
Dinga Mncube (58)
MCom Business Management;
MSc Forest Products
Dinga has over 20 years' executive experience in forestry, timber processing
and the paper and pulp industry, has chaired various forestry bodies and
has been a board member of Sappi Southern Africa. He played a leading
role in the revival of Project Grow, an award-winning enterprise development
programme at Sappi, and drove Sappi's R814 million BBBEE deal in 2010.
External appointments: Currently serves as non-executive director of York
Timber Holdings Ltd, Rolfes Holdings Ltd and Siyaqhubeka Forests (Pty) Ltd.
Date appointed: 1 May 2014
Theunis de Bruyn
Non-Executive Interim Chairman
Theunis de Bruyn (49)
After serving articles at Ernst & Young, Theunis joined Ford SA as assistant treasurer. From there he joined Huysamer Stals stockbroking firm (thereafter sold to ABN AMRO) where he later headed up research. Theunis is the founder and managing director of Calibre Capital (Pty) Ltd and a founding shareholder of RECM & Calibre Ltd, a major shareholder of DAWN.
External appointments: Currently serves as non-executive director of RECM & Calibre Ltd, ELB Group Ltd and Sentula Mining Ltd.
Date appointed: 20 July 2017
Stephen (Steve) Naudé
Stephen (Steve) Naudé (66)
BCom(Wits), CA(SA), MBA(Chicago Booth)
Steve is a charted accountant and obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Steve has more than 35 years' experience in corporate finance and investment banking in both the domestic and cross-border markets. Currently Steve is a non-executive director and audit committee chaiperson of a private technology company. He is also member of the institute of Directors of Southern Africa
Date appointed: 1 August 2018
Independent Non-executive Director
Martin Mota ()
Martin is the founder of Mota Attorneys, a corporate commercial firm of attorneys based in Pretoria. Previously, Martin had been a partner at Adams & Adams Attorneys and the deputy chairman of their Commercial, Property and Litigation Department. Martin holds an LLB degree from Wits University as well as an LLM (commercial law) and an LLM (tax law), both from University of Pretoria.
Date appointed: 13 November 2018