Our Chairman and Executive Directors
David B. Lake: Non-Executive Chairman
Alex E. Siyavora: Finance Director
Mr. Siyavora joined OKZL in 2001 as Finance Director. He worked for Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountants (Zimbabwe) before joining Coca-Cola Swaziland as Finance Manager and subsequently Merlin Limited as Group Finance Director. Mr. Siyavora qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) and a Masters in Business Leadership degrees from the University of South Africa.
Albert R. Katsande: Commercial Director
Mr. Katsande joined the company in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science Economics (Honours) degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Zimbabwe. Mr. Katsande has vast experience in marketing having worked for Lever Brothers, Dairiboard Zimbabwe Limited and CAPS Holdings Limited before joining OKZL, where he rose to the positions of Marketing Director and Managing Director respectively before he was promoted to his current post.
Other Non-executive Directors
Herbert Nkala: Non-Executive Director
Herbert holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of Wales, United Kingdom, as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Zimbabwe. He is the former Group Chief Executive Officer of the Rainbow Tourism Group and former Chairman of Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited. His previous positions include Marketing Director for the then National Breweries and Assistant General Manager of Dairibord Zimbabwe Limited. Herbert also holds directorships in many other companies.
Freeman T. Kembo: Non-Executive Director
Mr. Kembo holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He served articles of clerkship with the then Coopers and Lybrand and rose to become a partner with the same firm. He worked as Finance Director in a financial services group before setting out to be a part-owner and Chief Executive Officer of Playtime, a clothing manufacturing concern.
Martha T. Rukuni (Mrs.): Non-Executive Director
Mrs. Rukuni holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Durham University Business School, United Kingdom. She served articles with Deloitte & Touche Chartered Accountants Zimbabwe and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988. She has worked for Astra Industries Group, HSBC (Private) Limited and National Discount House Group in senior management and directorship positions. She is currently an executive director of Finesse Advisory Financial Services.
Rufaro Audrey Mwanatsa Maunze: Non-Executive Director
Rufaro holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) degree from the University of South Africa and is a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe having qualified in 2004. She holds a Masters in Development Finance from Stellenbosch University.
Rufaro has worked as an auditor at Deloitte Zimbabwe, a Senior Manager at Deloitte Australia’s Sydney office as a National Director for Technical Training and Advisory for PFK Australia. In 2008, Rufaro joined Westpac Banking Corporation Australia where she held various leadership positions both in Finance and Strategic Operations. She is a former Chairperson of the Australia Africa Business Council.
Rufaro is currently the Country Director for TechnoServe Zimbabwe and also sits as a Non-Executive Director on Imara Asset Management, Imara Securities and Imara Fiduciary Boards.
William Alexander: Non-Executive Director
Alexander represents Investec Africa Frontier Private Equity Fund
Mr. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bristol. He joined Investec Asset Management in 2007 as a principal in the Africa Private Equity team responsible for managing the Investec Africa Frontier Private Equity Fund. He currently also represents the Fund in an existing investment in a company in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. Prior to joining Investec Asset Management, he worked for J.P. Morgan Investment Bank in both London and Johannesburg and rose to become a Vice-President responsible for providing corporate advice and leading capital raising transactions for clients.
Ronald van Solt: Non-Executive Director
Van Solt represents Investec Africa Frontier Private Equity Fund.
Mr. Van Solt holds a Masters degree in business administration and mechanical engineering from the University of Twente (Netherlands). He also did a post graduate study at the Harvard Business School in Boston. Mr. van Solt has 28 years experience in retailing. He worked for Albert Heijn, the leading food retailer in the Netherlands with over 700 stores, for 24 years and rose to become the company’s CEO. After leaving Albert Heijn, he became CEO of Bompreco, a 160 store supermarket chain in Brazil, until 2004. Mr. van Solt is currently Chairman of the board of several Netherlands based companies.
Mark Jennings: Non-Executive Director
Dr. Jennings represents Investec Africa Frontier Private Equity Fund.
Dr. Jennings holds a Dphil degree from the University of Oxford (UK), and MSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). He is based in Johannesburg and joined Investec Asset Management in 2010 as a principal in the Africa Private Equity team responsible for managing the Investec Africa Frontier Private Equity Fund, following a period of time on a consulting basis in 2009. For the previous ten years he has been involved in private equity investing, mostly with a pan-African focus, as MD Africa with Renaissance Partners, prior to that as a Managing Principal with Kingdom Zephyr and initially as an Executive Director with Cycad Financial Holdings. He also spent seven years as a management consultant with Mckinsey and Co, first in Sydney and then in Johannesburg. He has served on the board of several companies and also the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and for 5 years was Chairman of the African Venture Capital Association.
Rose Mavima: Non-Executive Director
Rose holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe. She started her marketing career in 1987 as a Relationship manager and rose to Account Director at Lintas Advertising Agency, were she managed the communication strategies of various premium brands and portfolios.
Since 1996, Mrs Mavima has been managing family owned business in the tourism, financial and manufacturing sectors. She is currently the Corporate Affairs Director at Hanawa Super Foods.
Rutenhuro James Moyo: Non-Executive Director
Rutenhuro joins the Board of OK Zimbabwe Limited as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He holds a Masters and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, both from the University of Zimbabwe. He has worked for Anglo American Corporation Zimbabwe, Old Mutual Zimbabwe, and The Coca-Cola Company. He also created and headed the Shanduka Group’s FMCG Unit that had interests in both Coca-Cola Shanduka Beverages South Africa (Pty) Ltd and McDonalds SA. He now heads Remoggo Investments, a Mauritian-registered, Zimbabwean-owned private investment vehicle.