Executive Management Team

Our executive team has extensive experience in their respective fields and in the industry at large.

ERIC DIACK – EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Eric joined AfriSam as the Executive Chairman in May 2020. Eric has extensive experience of the South African construction, industrial and mining landscape. He has been integral to the negotiation and successful conclusion of a multitude of transactions during his corporate and entrepreneurial career. He was until recently the Executive Chairman of Aveng. Eric has served on numerous major listed company boards, namely: AMIC, AECI, ArcelorMittal, Daewoo, Dorbyl, Haggie, Highveld Steel, LTA, McCarthy’s, Terra and Tongaat. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an AMP from Harvard University.

LEON SERFONTEIN – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Leon Serfontein was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer in September 2013. Since joining the company in 2000 he has held a number of financial management positions and was AfriSam’s Financial Manager since 2009. Leon has an intimate understanding of our business and expert knowledge gained through years of experience. He was also instrumental in the restructuring of AfriSam’s capital structure. He holds a B. Comm Accounting and Finance Honours Degree from the University of Johannesburg and is a registered Chartered Accountant.

AVI BHOORA – CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS EXECUTIVE

Avi Bhoora was appointed as AfriSam’s Construction Materials Executive in October 2015. He brings to his new position a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a career spanning over 35 years within the construction materials industry. Prior to rejoining AfriSam in 2013 as the General Manager Construction Materials South, Avi held a number of senior management positions including Readymix Area Manager Eastern Region (Lafarge), Group Logistics Manager and General Manager Slagment (NPC) and Managing Director Aggregate and Readymix (NPC). He also served in a number of positions at Anglo-Alpha (AfriSam) and at various engineering consulting firms early in his career.Avi holds a National Diploma in Civil Engineering and has completed a number of business and leadership programmes. He is also a member of the Institute of Quarrying South Africa and the South African Institute of Civil Engineers.

HANNES MEYER – CEMENTITIOUS EXECUTIVE

Mr Hannes Meyer joined AfriSam in 2007 as the General Manager of the company’s Ulco cement operation in the Northern Cape. He was appointed to his current position of Cementitious Executive in May 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has held a number of senior positions in the area of cement production. He holds an MSc degree in Chemistry from the University of the North West (previously known as Potchefstroom University).

RICHARD TOMES – SALES AND MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Mr Richard Tomes joined AfriSam in December 2014 as the Sales and Marketing Executive. Prior to his appointment Mr Tomes held the position of Joint Managing Director at PPC for the company’s South African business since 2012. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director at PPC he held the position of Sales and Marketing Executive between 2009 and 2012; and General Sales Manager between 2006 and 2009, as well as various other positions in the sales and technical departments of PPC. Mr Tomes holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, a National Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering as well as an Advanced Concrete Technology Diploma.

LOUISE VAN DER BANK – INFORMATION SERVICES EXECUTIVE

Ms Louise van der Bank was appointed as AfriSam’s Information Services Executive in September 2010. Prior to joining the company, she held the position of Chief Information Officer at the South African Post Office. Her 27 years of experience in Information Management includes Director for SAP Core Banking at Standard Bank as well as holding various positions within the Information Technology division at Iscor Ltd (now ArcelorMittal). She holds a degree in BSc Computer Science from Potchefstroom University (now University of the North West) as well as a Higher Education Diploma from the same institution. Louise graduated from the executive programmes of Assessment Technologies International in 1997 and Darden Business School, University of Virginia, USA, in 2001.

SIBONGILE MIYA - LEGAL, GOVERNANCE, RISK & COMPLIANCE EXECUTIVE

Ms Sibongile Miya was appointed Legal, Governance, Risk and Compliance Executive on 1 December 2018. She joined AfriSam on 1 July 2007 and has since held a number of positions within the company including Legal Service Manager and Corporate Governance and Compliance Manager. In her current executive position Ms Miya is responsible for managing all Group matters related to regulatory risk, governance, compliance and legal and serves as the Group’s Chief Compliance Officer as well as Chief Risk Officer. Ms Miya is an admitted attorney and holds both an LLB and B.Comm Law Degree.
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