Executive directors

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  • Mark James Lamberti

    Mark James Lamberti (67)

    Group Chief Executive Officer

    BCom, MBA (Wits), PPL (Harvard), CD(SA)

    Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 March 2014, in which capacity he chairs the divisional boards.

    From 2008 until early January 2014, Mark was the CEO and a major shareholder of Transaction Capital, which listed on the JSE in 2012. He served as its non-executive chairperson until March 2014 when he resigned to devote his attention fully to Imperial.

    In April 2014, he also resigned as non-executive chairperson of the board of Massmart Holdings, a position he assumed in 2007 after serving for almost 19 years as founder, architect, CEO and major shareholder. Notable developments during his tenure were the listing of the group on the JSE in 2000 and the purchase of a controlling interest by Walmart in 2011.

    Since his early 30s, Mark has served as an executive and non-executive on the boards of various public companies, including Wooltru, Primedia, Datatec, Telkom and Altron.

    Mark currently serves as an executive committee member and director of Business Leadership South Africa and is a trustee and executive committee member of the National Education Collaboration Trust, which is a government, business, labour and civil society initiative to support the National Development Plan and the Education Sector Plan. At the behest of the Minister of Public Enterprises he was appointed an independent non-executive director of Eskom on the 22nd January 2018.

  • Philip Bernard Michaux

    Mohammed Akoojee (38)

    Group Chief Financial Officer

    BCom Acc (Hons), CA(SA), CFA

    Mohammed was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 1 March 2017. He joined the group in 2009, and previously served as CEO of the Logistics African Regions division and executive director responsible for mergers, acquisitions, strategy and investor relations for the group.

    Prior to joining Imperial in 2009, Mohammed worked within the corporate finance and investment banking team at Investec Bank. Prior to joining Investec, Mohammed worked for Nedbank Securities as an equity analyst.

  • Marius Swanepoel

    Marius Swanepoel (56)

    CEO Imperial Logistics

    BCom Acc (Hons)

    Marius is the CEO of Imperial Logistics which, effective 1 July 2016, includes all Imperial's logistics interests across the globe. He joined the group in 1994 when Imperial acquired Highway Carriers, where he served as financial director.

    Marius was appointed as financial director of Imperial Transport Holdings in 1997 and CEO of the Transport & Warehousing division in 2001. In October 2005, he was appointed CEO of Imperial Logistics Africa. In May 2007, he joined the Imperial executive committee and was appointed to the board in November 2009.

    Marius began his career with the South African Revenue Service in Cape Town after completing his articles at auditing firm Brink, Roos & Du Toit.

    Under his leadership, Imperial Logistics has grown into the significant business it is today – recognised internationally as a leader and innovator in the supply chain field.

  • Osman Suluman Arbee

    Osman Suluman Arbee (57)

    CEO Motus

    BAcc, CA(SA), HDip Tax

    Osman was appointed the CEO of Motus Corporation on 1 March 2017.

    Osman has been with the Imperial Group since September 2004. During this period, he has been the CFO of Imperial Holdings, CEO of the then Car Rental and Tourism division, and the chairperson of the Aftermarket Parts and the Automotive Retail divisions.

    Osman is a member of various Imperial subsidiary and divisional boards, including the United Kingdom and Australia, chairman of the Imperial Medical Aid Fund and a trustee of the Imperial and Ukhamba Community Development Trust.

    He was appointed to the board in July 2007 and served as CFO of Imperial Holdings from 1 July 2013 to 28 February 2017.

    Prior to joining the group, Osman was a senior partner at Deloitte and spent 23 years with Deloitte in various roles, which included being a board and executive committee member.