board of directors

Non-executive directors

David Nurek  

David Nurek (56)
Dip Law, Grad Dip Company Law
Independent non-executive chairman
Chairman of the Governance, Nominations, Remuneration and Transformation committees
Appointed June 1997

David practised as an attorney with Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik for 32 years, including 23 years as a partner. He joined Investec Bank in 2000 and is regional chairman of the bank’s Western Cape businesses and global head of legal risk for the Investec Group.

He also serves as non-executive chairman of Distell Group, Lewis Group, JCI and Randgold & Exploration, non-executive deputy chairman of Foschini and Business Connexion, and non-executive director of Allan Gray Property Trust, Aspen Pharmacare, Pick ’n Pay Stores, Sun International, Trencor and Western Areas.

Peter Eagles  

Peter Eagles (58)
B Sc (Pharm), M Sc, Ph D
Non-executive director
Appointed April 2006

An experienced academic and registered pharmacist, Professor Eagles has been a member of the South African Pharmacy Council for 12 years and was appointed president in 1998. He was appointed chairperson of the Medicines Control Council of South Africa in 2003. He has served as professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of the Western Cape since 1992.

Eliot Osrin  

Eliot Osrin (74)
Independent non-executive director
Appointed March 1996

Eliot practised as an attorney with Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik for 27 years, including 22 years as a partner. He is non-executive chairman of Foschini and Atlas Properties.

Robert Lumb  

Robert Lumb (63)
Adv Dip Tax Law, CA (SA)
Independent non-executive director
Chairman of the Audit and Risk management committees
Appointed April 2004

Rob is a former partner of Ernst & Young. He served as managing partner of the firm’s Western Cape practice from 1989 to 2002 and was a member of the national executive committee for 18 years. He is a non-executive director of Distell Group, HomeChoice Holdings and non-executive chairman of Metje & Ziegler.

Martin Rosen  

Martin Rosen (56)
Independent non-executive director
Appointed April 2006

Martin is a highly-accomplished retailer and marketer, having spent 33 years with Pick ’n Pay before starting his own marketing consultancy in 2004. After 17 years in the retail operations of Pick ’n Pay, Martin was appointed group marketing director in 1998 and managing director of Pick ’n Pay Group Enterprises in 2001.

Roy Smither  

Roy Smither (61)
B Com, CA (SA)
Independent non-executive director
Appointed September 2006

Roy recently retired from Tiger Brands where he was an executive director for the past eight years. He has a wealth of corporate experience, having served as a director and chief executive officer of Imperial Cold Storage between 1987 and 1998 and prior to this held senior positions in the Barloworld and Hunt Leuchars & Hepburn groups. Roy is a non-executive director of Nampak.

Lucia Swartz  

Lucia Swartz (49)
Independent non-executive director
Appointed January 2004

An experienced human resources practitioner, Lucia is group head of human resources at Sappi. She was previously human resources director of Seagrams Spirits and Wine Group. Lucia served as a non-executive director of New Clicks Holdings between 1997 and 2000 before relocating to New York for three years.

Executive directors

David Kneale  

David Kneale (52)
Chief executive officer
Appointed as a director in April 2006

David joined the group in January 2006 and was promoted to chief executive officer shortly thereafter. He was previously chief commercial officer of health and beauty retailer, Boots Group plc, in the United Kingdom. During his career at Boots David held positions in finance, buying and marketing before being appointed director of merchandise and marketing in 1995 and managing director of international retail development in 1997. After a three-year spell as a director of HMV Group and managing director of Waterstone’s Booksellers, he returned to Boots in 2002 as director of trading and was appointed chief commercial officer in January 2003.

Michael Harvey  

Michael Harvey (37)
Managing director, Clicks
Appointed as a director in April 2006

Michael joined Clicks as a management trainee in 1989. After gaining experience in store management he assumed responsibility for regional operations in the Gauteng area and later in the Eastern and Western Cape. He was appointed marketing director of Clicks in 2000 and the following year moved to Discom where he was appointed managing director in 2002. Michael was appointed head of retail for the New Clicks group in June 2004 and managing director of Clicks in February 2005.

Keith Warburton   Keith Warburton (48)
B Com, CA (SA)
Chief financial officer
Appointed as a director in April 2006

Keith has extensive experience in senior financial management in the retail sector. He was appointed financial director of Metro Cash and Carry in 1990 and later financial director and deputy managing director of Score Supermarkets. Keith was appointed financial director of Truworths in 1997 and two years later joined HomeChoice Holdings as chief operating officer. He left the company in 2001 to establish a business consultancy and joined New Clicks as chief financial officer in September 2005.