The unitary board of directors of DAWN is chaired by Diederik Fouché, 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 three being independent, and three executive directors. The board includes three black directors, translating into 30% 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)
Mr Edwin was appointed in February 2017 as Chief Restructuring Officer of Dawn Limited working with a
major bank, where he again played a significant role in finalising a recapitalisation programme.
Previously, Mr Hewitt was CEO of Capital Africa Steel (Pty) Ltd and of the Fabrication and
Manufacturing Division of the Murray & Roberts Group.
Date appointed: 1 February 2017
David Alan Austin
Chief Financial Officer
David Alan Austin (58)
BCOM (DIP ACC), CA (SA)
David was appointed CFO on 1 November 2016 following a six month period as CFO of Eqstra Holdings Limited where he helped guide Eqstra through a major restructuring brought about by liquidity constraints. Prior to that he was CFO at Hulamin Limited for three years and acting CEO for eight months. He previously served in senior positions with Macsteel including Chief Financial Officer of the Macsteel International Trading group. David's earlier experience included various senior financial positions within the Barlows Group including Group Financial Manager and Group Secretary of the CG Smith Limited group. David served articles with Ernst and Young and spent two years at their London office.
Date appointed: 1 November 2016
René Roos (48)
BCom (Hons); MBA
Rene completed her BCom (Hons) at UJ in 1989 and an MBA at Wits Business School in 1999. She joined Lonrho in 1990 as HR consultant, seconded to a platinum refinery as HR manager in 1992. Rene joined Saffer in 1997 as group HR manager. She was appointed chairperson of the Support Services Forum in 2004. Rene is currently the Strategic Services Executive.
Date appointed: 14 December 2009
Executive Deputy Chairman
Stephen Connelly (64)
Stephen joined Hudaco Industries in 1992 as CEO and retired in 2014. On 1 April 2016 he was appointed to the DAWN board as independent nonexecutive director. Stephen is operating as the interim CEO of the Dawn Group.
Date appointed: 1 April 2016
Veli Mokoena (56)
BA (UJ); Post-Graduate Diploma; in Management (Wits); Executive; Development Programme (New York)
Veli was appointed to the Imperial board in 2004 and, with the unbundling of Eqstra from the Imperial Group in 2008, joined the Eqstra board. He was the CEO of Ukhamba Holdings, the Imperial Group's BBBEE partner.
Date appointed: 22 June 2011
Diederik Fouché (61)
CA(SA); MComm; Higher Diploma Tax; Law (WITS); Higher Diploma Business; Processing (WITS)
Diederik was a PwC partner for 34 years and head of PwC Southern Africa Consumer, Industrial Products and Services industry practice ("CIPS") for 17 years. He served as member of the PwC Southern Africa and Africa board and was chairman of the finance and risk committee.
Date appointed: 1 November 2015
George Nakos (38)
BCom (cum laude) CA (SA), CFA, PLD (Harvard)
George is currently employed as group corporate finance executive and as a member of the executive committee of Imperial Holdings. From 2000 to 2015 George was employed in various senior corporate finance positions by Investec Bank.
Date appointed: 12 November 2015
Independent non-executive director
Dinga Mncube (56)
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.
Date appointed: 1 May 2014
Lead independent director
Lou Alberts (74)
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.
Date appointed: 30 August 2001
Independent Non-Executive Director
Akhter Moosa (65)
Akhter Moosa is an independent non-executive director of the Board and chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee
Akhter completed his BComm at the University of Durban, Westville and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978.
He has extensive experience at board level and is currently a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors.
Date appointed: 28 March 2017