Directors

H M A Pupkewitz

Non-Executive Director

HMA (Tony) Pupkewitz was born and grew up in Namibia. He studied Engineering and Economics at UCT before leaving to become a professional photographer and writer. He worked in Paris and London for 7 years during which time his photographs were published in leading European and other magazines and publications around the world.

After independence he returned to Namibia and set up and ran a successful business publishing and selling signed prints and upmarket postcards with his iconic Namibian images, as well as doing other creative and commercial work in video and photography. As a writer, he has had many articles and letters to international newspapers and magazines published on a variety of topics including economics, politics and travel.

In 1996 and 1997 he worked in the Pupkewitz family business, tackling a variety of important issues both at the highest level and at the coal face. He has more than twenty five years’ experience as a successful private financial investment manager and closely following the world and regional financial markets and business news.

M Barry

Non- Executive Director

Meryl Barry is the CEO of the Pupkewitz Foundation. She oversees the strategic disbursement of millions of Namibian dollars annually in education, health, sport, civil society, environment and culture. Under her leadership, the Foundation has grown into one of the most productive and effective Corporate Social Investments agencies in Namibia, impacting on one million Namibians. She is a director of the Harold & Ethel Pupkewitz Heart (Research) Foundation, an invitee of the Namibian Alliance for Improved Nutrition and on the advisory committee of the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business, and was instrumental in the liaison formed with the University Of Cape Town Business School.

Meryl was born and raised in Windhoek. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. She went on to complete her Higher Education Diploma at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1979. Meryl undertook further postgraduate subjects in Glaze Chemistry and Ceramics at the University of KwaZulu Natal, and Production Pottery at the Durban Technikon.

Bringing over 15 years of teaching experience in the arts, Meryl’s educational background has been well utilised in numerous and various institutions. Her painting studio evolved to become a mixed-media workshop, where she focused on sand-blasted glass projects commissioned by architects for high profile customers such as embassies and hotels. Meryl’s work can be found in the Queen of England’s collection - a gift chosen by the Namibian government for the Queen at the time of her visit.

Meryl returned to Namibia in 1986, with a young family. She holds historical knowledge of the Pupkewitz Group and its staff due to her ongoing presence in Namibia. Her strong advocacy for sustainability, together with over 30 years of educational, institutional, cultural and sporting experience have provided her with a broad base of local knowledge which
inform her work on the Foundation. Through her work, Meryl is in tune with the local projects, policies and current affairs that in turn shape the outlook of the Foundation.

Her late husband, Phil Barry, was instrumental in the progress of the Pupkewitz Group through his involvement in the Megabuild and Motors divisions, and later as General Manager of the Group. Phil, together with their son, Michael, perished in a motor car accident in 1996.

A Barry

Non- Executive Director

Andrea grew up in Windhoek and went on to complete her B.Comm Degree in Actuarial Science in 2007 at the University of Stellenbosch. She qualified as an actuary through the Actuarial Society of South Africa in 2011, specialising in life insurance and investments. Currently she is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, where she is organising the largest student-run conference on Africa in the world.

Andrea commenced her career in Johannesburg where she worked for Liberty’s employee benefits business, Liberty Corporate, for seven years in various roles. With vast experience in product development, she was nominated for the MD’s Award in 2011 and was awarded the Passion for Excellence Award for Innovation in 2012. In her later role as Head of Sales Insights and Incentives, she owned compensation for 2000 sales people across all staple distribution channels, and launched a revolutionary behaviour-driving remuneration model in 2013. Andrea is passionate about developing women in the workplace and has been mentoring female actuarial students, specifically from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, since 2013.

Andrea has been a non-executive Director on the Pupkewitz Holdings board since June 2012. She chaired the Audit and Risk Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. She spearheaded the search for the company’s Group MD together with an international recruiting firm.

As part of her wider achievements, Andrea was the Namibian national rhythmic gymnastics champion for three years from 2000. Together with her teammate, she was awarded the Namibian Sports Team of the Year in international competition in 1999. Andrea holds a Level 1 coaching qualification from the Federation of International Gymnastics.

M Leeming

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Michael John Leeming, better known as ’Mike’, was appointed as Pupkewitz Holdings Interim Chairperson in January 2016.

Mike started his business career in 1961 as a trainee Management Accountant at General Motors before joining Felt Textiles in 1965 in a similar position. He left them in 1975, as General Manager of their knitwear Company, to join Nedbank.

He retired from Nedbank in 2002. During his banking career he held various senior executive positions including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Nedcor Bank and the JSE listed Nedcor Group. Mike was also Chairman of the Commercial Bank of Namibia (Nedbank).

His educational background includes a B.Comm from Rhodes University, an M.Comm from the University of the Witwatersrand and an AMP from Harvard. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Chartered and Management Accountants.

Since his retirement Mike has served on the JSE listed Boards of AECI, Imperial Holdings, Real Africa Woolworths and the Altron Group. He is currently the Chairman of Safripol Group and on the Board of Rockwood Private Equity.

A Angula

Non-Executive Directors

Ally is Chartered Accountant registered with the South Africa Institute of chartered Accountants (SAICA). She was admitted to the KPMG Partnership in Namibia (part of the Southern African cluster) as an Assurance Partner on 1 September 2006 before retiring from the KPMG Partnership in early 2013, to form the Leap Group in Namibia, which she now heads as Managing Director.

Ally serves as non-executive director for the Bank of Namibia (The Reserve Bank of Namibia), Rio Tinto's Rossing Uranium Limited Mine in Namibia and Oryx Properties Limited (a NSX primary listed company) and as Chairman for Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings Limited.

Ally served as a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Namibia (ICAN) and as a Board member of the National Qualifications Authority appointed by the Minister of Education.

During 2015, on the 17th March 2015, Ally was announced as Young Global Leader by the World Economic forum. Ally is the Founding Curator for the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Windhoek Hub as well as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow and a Dangote Fellow.

Ally was selected as a Board member by Pupkewitz Holdings in October 2016, making her one of the newest Directors to the Board.

J J Bruwer

Non-Executive Director

After matric in 1966, a few labour jobs and army training until 1969, Junior joined Standard Bank, Namibia in 1969 and worked as a Trustee clerk until April 1973.

Thereafter he worked for Barlow Motor Company, Market Cars and Williams Hunt in various sales positions. He was promoted in the Barlow’s Motor Division to Branch manager in 1980 and to Divisional General Manager for Namibia in 1982, looking after Chevrolet, Isuzu, Opel, Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Mazda franchised operations in Windhoek and six branches throughout Namibia.

In 1984, Junior started his own business after obtaining the Mazda, Mitsubishi and Peugeot franchises. He built this into a very successful business and sold the Mazda, Mitsubishi and Peugeot franchises to the Novel Motor Company in 1999 and joined Pupkewitz just established Motor Division in the same year as Divisional General Manager. The Motor Division expanded tremendously during the early and mid-2000’s and was established as the biggest Motor Dealer in Namibia under his leadership. Junior was appointed as the Chairman of Pupkewitz Motor Division in 2014 and serves in this position to date.

Junior was also the Namibian 500 cc motor cycle Moto-cross champion in 1982 and the Namibian Rally champion in 1991 and received Namibian colours for Motor Sport in the same year, representing Namibia in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

I D Gallager

Non-Executive Director

In March 1974, Ian embarked on a three year contract from the United Kingdom to Zambia to take up a position with Roan Consolidate Mines as Head of Accounting of the Mufulira Copper Mine – at the time the largest copper mine in Africa. The contract was stretched to five years after which he moved with his family to Blyvoor Mine on the reef in Carletonville, South Africa as Management Accountant. A position he held for two years before he left to resettle in the old Transkei, initially as Finance Manager and later Managing Director.

As his children approached University age, he moved with his family to Canada where he continued in the forestry and sawmilling industry, running an operation 1000 miles north of Vancouver in the western province of British Columbia. However the pull to Africa was too great to resist and a meeting with Harold Pupkewitz at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg in 1993 brought Ian to Namibia to work for the Pupkewitz Group in the Building and Engineering Division, the forerunner under Pupkewitz Megabuild. “It was there that I had the great honour to work with the late Mr Harold Pupkewitz as well as the late Phil Barry, “said Mr Gallagher.

In June 2015, Mr Gallagher retired as the Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Pupkewitz Megabuild. His involvement with the Group has continued as a non-executive Director of the Pupkewitz Holdings Board. In the meanwhile Ian’s children are well settled and successful with him and his wife in Namibia as their permanent home and the couple can thoroughly enjoy their grandchildren – while keeping an active involvement in the SME sector on a voluntary basis.

R Mendelow

Non-Executive Director

Ronald Mendelow was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He matriculated at Sandringham High School in 1972, in which year he was head prefect. After rendering compulsory military service, Ronald entered the legal profession as a full time candidate attorney in a prominent Johannesburg law firm, at the same time attaining his legal degree by correspondence through University of South Africa.

Ronald was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1980. Since then he has continuously practised as a partner in law firms in Johannesburg, specialising in commercial agreements, commercial litigation and mining. In 1993 Ronald established his current law firm Mendelow-Jacobs, of which he is the senior partner. He served the late Harold Pupkewitz for about 14 years as his personal attorney and also acted for the Pupkewitz Group of Companies. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Pupkewitz Holdings (Pty) Ltd since 2001.

Ronald is married with 3 children, all still at school, and together they enjoy horse-riding, chess and English literature.

D Nuyoma

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Nuyoma is a renowned business leader and is currently serving as the CEO and Principal Officer of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF).

Before he joined the Fund he was the first CEO of the Development Bank of Namibia prior to which he was the Executive Director of the Namibia Investment Centre in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Due to his wide ranging experience, he served as Director on many corporate Boards including being the current Chairman of the Namibian Stock Exchange Board of Trustees.

At a point he served as Chairman of the SADC Investment Promotion Agencies and the SADC Development Finance Institutions Network. On a national level he served as a Commissioner of the National Planning Commission and a member of the President's Economic Advisory Council. David has qualifications in Development Economics and Industrial Development obtained at the University of East Anglia’s School of Development Studies, UK.

B R Rubinstein

Non-Executive Director

Brian Rubenstein was appointed as Pupkewitz Group General Manager in January 1997 and as Executive Director later that year. He laid the initial plans for converting the Group from a family run business to a professionally run business and oversaw the rapid growth of the Group through carefully orchestrated acquisitions and organic growth. He was also responsible for the implementation of the culture of managing the Group and rewarding Executives through the concept of Return on Assets Managed (ROAM), resulting in vastly improved asset management and strong cash flows.

Brian left Pupkewitz in 2005 to take on the role of Group Chief Executive Officer of United Africa Group, where his hands on knowledge of the business world lead to their rapid growth and conversion to a professionally run corporate Group. On his retirement and relocation to South Africa, he was as a non-executive director and Chairman: Group Executive Committee. He however remained an independent director of the Pupkewitz Group.

Brian has been active in the Namibian scene and has chaired Junior Achievement Namibia, ORT Trust Namibia, Windhoek Hebrew Community and Brick and Concrete Industries. He is a former Director of Liberty Life Holdings Namibia and served on Namibia Employers Federation Exco, Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

J E Shepherd

Group Finance Director

Eugene Shepherd was born in Lüderitz and grew up in Windhoek. He studied in South Africa where he was employed for a few years.

Since his return to Namibia in 1994, he has worked in various industries, ranging from FMCG retail to the Petroleum industry, as well as at various Utilities and SOE’s. Eugene is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants, and the Institute of Chartered Company Secretaries. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants in British Columbia (Canada).

He completed his MBA through the University of Southern Queensland (Australia), and has a number of other qualifications. Since June 2012 he has served as both the Group Company Secretary as well as Group Finance Director of the Pupkewitz Group of Companies.

F C Truter

Group Chief Executive Officer

Dougie was born and raised in Wellington Western Cape and matriculated in 1985. He began his business career at Laubscher Transport (LT), a small town family-run trucking logistics business in South Africa. By the age of 27, he ran commercial operations in logistics, expanding the business, streamlining operations and generating profitable partnerships with clients, contractors and suppliers like British American Tobacco and Boeresake that manufactured tractors and farming equipment.

He hired his younger brother into AM Transport, a company he moved to, to cope with the growth, but after some months both decided that the time had come to start their own business, leading to the establishment of Broco Transport Consulting, (Brothers’ Company) in 1998. Within five years Imperial Holdings, the South African logistics and distribution group, approached Broco for an alliance and in 2003, 70% of the business was sold to Imperial Holdings Limited. Both brothers stayed within the group as executives.

In 2006, Dougie was appointed as Marketing Director at Imperial’s headquarters and in 2008 as CEO of Imperial’s Consumer Logistics business with customers like Nestle, BAT, and Unilever. By 2010 he became the CEO of all Imperial's business outside South Africa. Dougie immediately focused on the rising consumer and put a strategy forward that was lauded as a strategy that stands up to all scrutiny.

On 1 August 2015, he took up office as Chief Executive Officer of the Pupkewitz Group of Companies in Namibia. Like the founding fathers of the Pupkewitz Group who are known for being very conservative entrepreneurs, Dougie clearly resembles the same traits - an attribute he believes counted in his favour when he landed the job.

B Uirab

Non-Executive Director

Bisey obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Edinburgh Business School of the Heriott-Watt University in Scotland. After working as the Human Resources and Training Manager at Bank of Namibia, Bisey worked in senior and executive roles in the mobile telecommunications industry with renowned companies such as MTC, and the Somali Telecoms Group.

Bisey is now the Chief Executive Officer at Namibian Ports Authority where he is currently involved in the implementation of one of the major infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the Namibian history, the expansion of the Container Terminal at the Port of Walvisbay.

He is currently serving on several boards in Namibia, including but not limited to Walvisbay Corridor Group as Chairman and Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Mr Uirab became a member of the Pupkewitz Board of Directors in October 2016.

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