Illovo Sugar Africa - Our People

“I have always wanted to be PART OF A GREATER PURPOSE rather than just working a day job. I really hold onto the ‘BUSINESS WITH PURPOSE’ concept, and believe that we in our ILLOVO operations do have a significant PURPOSE in the regions and communities in which we operate that goes beyond just doing business - it is humbling to be part of that.”


- Gavin Dalgleish


OUR LEADERSHIP

Group Directors

Gavin first joined Illovo in 1988 as a post-graduate student, thereafter holding a number of technical, business development, operational, and general management roles. From 2008 he led the Australia-based global technology unit of the AB Mauri yeast business, re-joining Illovo in December 2010. Gavin was appointed to the Illovo Board as Operations Director in April 2012 and subsequently, as Group Managing Director in September 2013.  He has played an integral role in the group’s evolution towards becoming a leading, pan-African, consumer-facing agri-business.

Gavin Dalgleish

Group Managing Director

GAVIN'S BIO

Gavin first joined Illovo in 1988 as a post-graduate student, thereafter holding a number of technical, business development, operational, and general management roles. From 2008 he led the Australia-based global technology unit of the AB Mauri yeast business, re-joining Illovo in December 2010. Gavin was appointed to the Illovo Board as Operations Director in April 2012 and subsequently, as Group Managing Director in September 2013.  He has played an integral role in the group’s evolution towards becoming a leading, pan-African, consumer-facing agri-business.

Doug brings his experience leading large and complex finance and management information projects for KPMG UK’s clients, to his role at Illovo. He has also worked for Unilever across multiple territories in a number of financial roles.

Doug Kasambala

Group Finance Director

DOUG'S BIO

Doug brings his experience leading large and complex finance and management information projects for KPMG UK’s clients, to his role at Illovo. He has also worked for Unilever across multiple territories in a number of financial roles.

Andre joined Illovo in 2017 from SABMiller Africa where he spent almost a decade immersed in the African FMCG sector. His focus at Illovo is to drive the development of a winning sales, marketing and distribution organisation, aligning strongly with the group’s #AfricanSugar4AfricanMarkets advocacy position.

André Lubbe

Group Commercial Director

ANDRÉ'S BIO

Andre joined Illovo in 2017 from SABMiller Africa where he spent almost a decade immersed in the African FMCG sector. His focus at Illovo is to drive the development of a winning sales, marketing and distribution organisation, aligning strongly with the group’s #AfricanSugar4AfricanMarkets advocacy position.

APPOINTMENT PENDING

Appointment Pending

Operations Director

APPOINTMENT'S BIO

APPOINTMENT PENDING

Carryn joined Illovo in 2019 as Group Business Transformation Director, responsible for strategy execution, communication and innovation. Prior to joining, Carryn was a Director for Deloitte Consulting Africa and brings 18 years of experience in executing strategy through large scale, cross-functional, transformation programmes.

Carryn Tennent

Group Business Transformation Director

CARRYN'S BIO

Carryn joined Illovo in 2019 as Group Business Transformation Director, responsible for strategy execution, communication and innovation. Prior to joining, Carryn was a Director for Deloitte Consulting Africa and brings 18 years of experience in executing strategy through large scale, cross-functional, transformation programmes.

Business Managing Directors

Having joined Illovo in 2021 as Manufacturing Director with 36 years of senior, executive and technical experience within the sugar industry, Ricky was appointed as Managing Director in the same year.  With his solid “sugar” knowledge base, Ricky’s focus is on leading the company through challenging headwinds being faced by the industry and Illovo Sugar South Africa itself, and to deliver on the business’ ambitious growth plans by capturing new and exciting opportunities.

Ricky Govender

Illovo Sugar South Africa

RICKY'S BIO

Having joined Illovo in 2021 as Manufacturing Director with 36 years of senior, executive and technical experience within the sugar industry, Ricky was appointed as Managing Director in the same year.  With his solid “sugar” knowledge base, Ricky’s focus is on leading the company through challenging headwinds being faced by the industry and Illovo Sugar South Africa itself, and to deliver on the business’ ambitious growth plans by capturing new and exciting opportunities.

Lekani joined Illovo in August 2015 and has served as both Financial Director and Human Resources Director, before being appointed to Managing Director in April 2020. Prior to Illovo, Lekani spent almost two decades with Deloitte.

Lekani Katandula

Illovo Sugar Malawi

LEKANI'S BIO

Lekani joined Illovo in August 2015 and has served as both Financial Director and Human Resources Director, before being appointed to Managing Director in April 2020. Prior to Illovo, Lekani spent almost two decades with Deloitte.

Oswald was appointed as Managing Director of Zambia Sugar on 1 September 2021, transferring from Ubombo Sugar where he held the post of Managing Director from 2013. Oswald brings a solid knowledge base to this role together with 29 years of middle, senior and executive management experience in the sugar, irrigation and international finance sectors having also worked for the World Bank Group (IFC) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Nairobi.

Oswald Magwenzi

Zambia Sugar

OSWALD'S BIO

Oswald was appointed as Managing Director of Zambia Sugar on 1 September 2021, transferring from Ubombo Sugar where he held the post of Managing Director from 2013. Oswald brings a solid knowledge base to this role together with 29 years of middle, senior and executive management experience in the sugar, irrigation and international finance sectors having also worked for the World Bank Group (IFC) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Nairobi.

Filipé joined Illovo as MD of Maragra Açúcar in 2017, where he leverages his broad business experience in Mozambique’s commercial, marketing and logistics sectors. Prior to this, he was MD of DNA (Distribuidora Nacional de Açucar).

Filipé Raposo

Maragra Açúcar SA

FILIPÉ'S BIO

Filipé joined Illovo as MD of Maragra Açúcar in 2017, where he leverages his broad business experience in Mozambique’s commercial, marketing and logistics sectors. Prior to this, he was MD of DNA (Distribuidora Nacional de Açucar).

Muzi was appointed as Managing Director of Ubombo Sugar Limited in August 2022 and has held various senior and executive corporate roles in Eswatini and South Africa. He has many years of working in multiple countries across the continent in the telecommunications, financial services, mining and retail sectors and brings extensive leadership and strategic value to the role.

Muzi Siyaya

Ubombo Sugar Eswatini

MUZI'S BIO

Muzi was appointed as Managing Director of Ubombo Sugar Limited in August 2022 and has held various senior and executive corporate roles in Eswatini and South Africa. He has many years of working in multiple countries across the continent in the telecommunications, financial services, mining and retail sectors and brings extensive leadership and strategic value to the role.

Guy has served in multiple markets and senior financial roles in his 20+ year career with Illovo, including in Eswatini, Malawi, South Africa, and now, as MD in Tanzania. He joined the business in 1996, after working for Ernst & Young in the USA.

Guy Williams

Kilombero Sugar Company

GUY'S BIO

Guy has served in multiple markets and senior financial roles in his 20+ year career with Illovo, including in Eswatini, Malawi, South Africa, and now, as MD in Tanzania. He joined the business in 1996, after working for Ernst & Young in the USA.

OUR VALUES


These are part of our DNA. They guide our behaviours, inspire our future and govern all that we do.


UPHOLDING OUR VALUES We consistently live our values, treat all individuals in a fair and consistent manner, as well as act in accordance with ethical guidelines and statutory requirements. We are welcomed by the communities in which we operate, are trusted by investors, and our employees are proud to work for us.

INTEGRITY

EMPOWERMENT

EMPOWERING OUR PEOPLE We are committed to the development of our people through the continued acquisition of new knowledge and skills. We use various methodologies to enhance the learning experience and the transfer of skills. We earn each other’s trust, provide constructive feedback and hold ourselves and others accountable for performance development.

EMBRACING DIVERSITY We leverage on our diversity in order to maximize performance by actively supporting transformation initiatives. Because we value innovation, creativity and inclusion, we respect each other’s opinions and perspectives, treat people with dignity and respect, and build culturally diverse teams.

INCLUSIVENESS

COMMITMENT

WORKING COLLABORATIVELY We are committed to the success of the whole and together look for ways to co-operate and support each other, even when the immediate benefit is one-way. We value strong networks and working relationships that are underpinned by teamwork, open communication, trust and respect. We invest time and other resources to build and nurture high performing teams.

DELIVERY FOCUSED We find ways to break through resistance and obstacles, and strive to seek new methods in order to continuously improve. We align our day-to-day work with the Illovo vision and strategic intent, and our objectives, action plans and commitments are delivery focused. We also engage in celebrating our achievements.

ACCOUNTABILITY

OUR INITIATIVES

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