BRUCE HENDERSON
Chief Executive Officer
BA, LLB, MBA

Bruce started his career as General Manager (Operations) of Swaziland Fruit Canners and later became the Managing Director of the Swaziland business. In 1999 he was appointed as the Group Managing Director responsible for the newly acquired South African operation (RFF Foods) in addition to the Swaziland business.

TIAAN SCHOOMBIE
Chief Financial Officer
B Compt (Hons), CA (SA)

Shortly after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Tiaan was appointed to the position of Audit Manager at PWC. Thereafter, he served as the Financial Manager, and then later as the General Manager of Deemster Foods. Tiaan joined Rhodes Food Group in 2001.

GERHARD KOTZÉ
Divisional MD: Long Life Foods
MEng Ind, MBA

Before joining Rhodes Food Group in 2002, Gerhard was a manufacturing executive at Tiger Brands where he was responsible for the deciduous fruit, vegetable canning and general foods operations. Prior to entering the food industry he was employed at Sasol in operations, engineering and project management roles and before that, Gerhard was a project manager in the satellite building industry.

CON COSTARAS
Divisional MD: Fresh Foods
BSocSc (Hons), BCom (Hons)

Con joined the Group in 2001 as the General Manager of the Fresh Foods division. Prior to joining the company, he gained valuable experience in fresh prepared foods through running his own Durban-based restaurant, in addition to enjoying highly successful careers at Woolworths and Halls Lifestyle.

RICHARD PHILLIPS
Commercial Director
BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA

After completing his MBA, Richard moved to Dell Computers in the United States of America. In 2002 he returned to South Africa where he was appointed to head up Rhodes Food Group’s International sales office. After six years in the General Manager position, he then went on secondment to Swaziland to oversee the Group’s canning operations there. Richard is currently based in the Western Cape and holds the position of Commercial Director.

JOB MPELE
Group Human Resources Director
BA (Law), MBL

Job started his Human Resource career with SAB in Swaziland before joining mining group JCI. He then went on to work at the Coca-Cola Company at the beverage concentrate manufacturing plant in Swaziland where he assumed the roles of Human Resources Manager, Commercial Manager and Strategic Planning Manager. Job joined Rhodes Food Group in 2003 as the HR Manager at Swazican before relocating to the Group’s Head Office in 2006.

PIETER HANEKOM
Divisional MD: Long Life Beverages
B.Compt (Hons), CA (SA)

Pieter completed his articles at PWC and qualified as a chartered accountant, after which he joined Distillers Corporation as an accountant. He then joined Pioneer Foods as a financial manager and fulfilled several senior management positions within the Group before he became the Executive responsible for the Agri-Division. He then became Managing Director of Ceres Fruit Juices and later the Executive responsible for the Ceres Beverage Company.

BERNIE LAKEY
Corporate Affairs Director
CA (SA)

Upon completing her articles at Grant Thornton Kessel Feinstein, Bernie joined the finance department of SA Breweries, Newlands. Thereafter she spent 15 years in Financial Management at a Cape Town based dairy. She joined Rhodes Food Group in 2012 in a financial position, and moved to Corporate Affairs when the group listed in 2014.