Executive management

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  • Kerry Cassel

    Kerry Cassel (43)

    BCom Acc, Dip Acc, CA(SA)

    Kerry is the CEO of Imperial Financial Services.

    Prior to joining the group in 2002, Kerry was an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche. Kerry has held multiple senior positions at Associated Motor Holdings and Liquid Capital since. Kerry was promoted to managing director of LiquidCapital (Pty) Limited in April 2010. She is a board member of Associated Motor Holdings (Pty) Limited and was appointed to the Imperial Holdings Limited executive committee in October 2015.

  • Berenice Joy Francis

    Berenice Joy Francis (40)

    BCompt (Hons), CIA, MBA (IE)

    Berenice is the group’s commercial executive. Her responsibilities include risk, IT, transformation and group marketing. She joined the group in 2008 and was appointed to the executive committee in June 2009.

    She is a vice president of the Institute of Risk Management SA (IRMSA) and currently chairs the Education and Technical committee of IRMSA. She is a board member of Ukhamba Holdings and a trustee of the Unjani Clinics and the Imperial and Ukhamba Community Development Trust. She is also a past vice president and regional governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIASA) and is a member of its policy committee. She is the current recipient of the IRMSA Risk Manager of the Year Award. Prior to joining the group, she was the chief risk officer for the State IT Agency.

  • George Nakos

    George Nakos (39)

    BCom (Cum laude), CA(SA), CFA, PLD (Harvard)

    George is currently employed as group corporate finance executive and is a member of the executive committee of Imperial Holdings Limited. From 2000 to 2015, George was employed at Investec Bank Limited where he completed his articles and held senior positions in the Corporate Finance division, including being a member of the executive committee and global coordinator of the natural resources corporate finance team.

  • Taryn Marcus

    Taryn Marcus (35)

    BA Human Resources (Cum Laude), BA (Hons) Industrial Psychology (Cum Laude), MA Industrial Psychology, Registered Industrial Psychologist

    Taryn is currently employed as the group organisation effectiveness executive and is a member of the executive committee of Imperial Holdings Limited. From 2006 until she joined Imperial, Taryn occupied various positions of increasing responsibility in human capital management at Liberty, starting as a Human Resource Consultant and finishing as the Liberty Group Head of Talent and Succession Management and People Development. Taryn is a past chairperson for the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology South Africa (SIOPSA) Johannesburg chapter.

  • Craig W Shaw

    Craig W Shaw (46)

    BCom, CA(SA), LLB

    Craig was appointed as group strategy executive at Imperial Holdings in June 2016. Previously, he served as the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Sedibelo Platinum Mines, an internationally run mining holding company. He is the past joint head of the natural resources corporate finance team at Investec Corporate Finance, a division of Investec Bank Limited. From 2007 to 2008, Craig served as finance director of Cunico, a multinational multi-commodity mining group, in preparation for a main board listing on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to 2007, Craig was responsible for the international corporate finance and private equity investments of a private global resource group with exposure to various industries, geographies and commodities, where he was involved in a number of significant transactions in the industrial and natural resource space, including various public capital market transactions.