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 (50)
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.
Director Chief of staff
René Roos (49)
BCom (Hons); MBA
René completed her BCom (Hons) degree at UJ in 1989 and her MBA
at Wits Business School in 1999. She joined the group in 1997 as HR
executive and has been a member of the executive committee since
1999. She was appointed as chairperson of the shared services unit in
2004 and became CEO thereof when it was set up as a group division
in 2007. René served on various subsidiary boards of directors over the
duration of her employment with DAWN, including Wholesale Housing
Supplies, Springset, United Express and recently, Hamilton's. She is
currently group chief of staff and serves as strategic business partner for
Incledon and Roco.
Date appointed: 14 December 2009
Lead independent non-executive director
Lou Alberts (75)
BSc Eng; MBL
Lou has more than 40 years' experience
in technical management as well as in the
business field, where he has held various
executive directorships. He participated
in the unbundling of the Boumat group in
1999, where he was the CEO, and has
also served on the board and council
of SEIFSA. He consults to the building
industry, both locally and internationally.
Lou retired as chairman of DAWN on 30
June 2011 and is the lead independent
Date appointed: 30 August 2001
George Nakos (38)
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
Independent non-executive director
Member of the audit and risk committee
Dinga Mncube (57)
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
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the audit and risk committee and member of the remuneration committee and the nomination committee.
Akhter Moosa (64)
Akhter completed his BCom at the
University of Durban, Westville and
qualified as a chartered accountant in
1978. He has extensive experience at
External appointments: Currently serves
as a member of the disciplinary committee
of the Independent Regulatory Board of
Auditors; advisor to the audit committee
of SANRAL Ltd; member of the audit and
risk committee of the Competition Tribunal;
and non-executive director of SAA.
Date appointed: 28 March 2017
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
Independent non-executive director
Charles Boles (48)
CA(SA); HDip Tax; HDip Company Law; MBA (cum laude)
Charles was a partner in the corporate finance division of PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years, where after he joined Investec Bank's corporate finance and private equity division. At Investec he was instrumental in the establishment and subsequent listing on the JSE of First SA Food Holdings Ltd. He served as a non-executive director on First SA Food Holdings Ltd's board until its delisting, following a management buy-out led by Ethos Private Equity. Charles founded Titanium Capital, an asset management firm focused on investing in a broad spectrum of South African equities, specialising
in small to mid-cap listed equities.
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