Governance

Good corporate governance is fundamental to the success of any organisation and Namibia Breweries Limited is no exception to this rule. The NBL Board of Directors is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance.

We are subject to all applicable Namibian legislation Listing Requirements of the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) and also comply with the Corporate Governance Code of Namibia (NamCode) which is based on the principles of South Africa’s 2009 King Report on Corporate Governance (King III) and Namibian legislation.

The NBL Board believes that, while best recommended practice is being applied, further enhancements will be made over time in line with its objective to continuously improve corporate governance.

The purpose of NBL’s Board is to ensure the Company’s prosperity by directing its affairs, while considering the interests of its shareholders and other stakeholders. The Board deals with challenges and opportunities relating to business and financial issues, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and corporate ethics.

Marco Wenk

Managing director

Qualifications: Studied towards his B.Compt (UNISA) while completing his articles, Senior Management Development Program (Stellenbosch University), GAP International Leadership Certificate (Breakthrough Intensive), Breakthrough Management Skills (BMS) Leadership Training

Marco has been with the O&L Group since 2000. In 2002, he was appointed as General Manager of O&L’s Property Division until the Joint Venture with Broll Property Group South Africa in 2003 where after he served in various roles at Broll Namibia between 2003 and 2005 until taking over the Managing Director role in 2005 serving in that capacity until 30 June 2019. He played an integral role in developing Broll Namibia to be the largest Property Management and Commercial Property Services provider in Namibia. Marco also served as a director of SIP Project Managers Namibia, a subsidiary of Broll Namibia. He is a Trustee of the O&L Pension Fund.

He was appointed to the NBL Board as Managing Director on 1 July 2019.

Waldemar Von Lieres

Finance director

Qualifications: CA (Nam), Postgraduate degree in accounting (University of Stellenbosch), BAcc (University of Stellenbosch)

Waldemar has been Finance Director at NBL since July 2019. He joined the O&L Group in 2007 as Finance Manager at Windhoek Schlachterei. He subsequently held a few diverse positions in the Group, including Strategic Planning and Decision Support Manager at NBL, and most recently Finance Director at Pick n Pay Namibia. There he was responsible for the overall leadership of the finance, IT and procurement departments.

He was appointed to the NBL board on 1 July 2019.

Sven Thieme (51)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: CA(Nam)(SA)

Sven is the Executive Chairperson of the O&L Group. He joined O&L in 1998 after working for four years as a Chartered Accountant in Luxembourg. He was also the architect of several joint ventures entered into by O&L, including the deal between Heineken, Diageo and Namibia Breweries.

He was appointed to the NBL Board in March 2002 and elected Chairperson on 11 July 2002.

Hendrik van der Westhuizen (45)

Executive director

Qualifications: BSc in Operations Management (Production Management Institute of South Africa), Postgraduate Degree in Association in Management (AIM) (University of Cape Town), Management and Senior Management Diploma (Stellenbosch University)

Wessie has been with the O&L Group since 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the Board of Hangana Seafood (Proprietary) Limited and became its Managing Director in 2009. He played an integral role in successfully placing Hangana Seafood on the road of sustained profitability and has over 19 years’ experience in the Food and Beverage Industry. He was appointed to the NBL Board as Managing Director on 2 April 2012.

Hans-Bruno Gerdes (67)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: BProc (University of Cape Town)

Hans-Bruno is a consultant to the attorneys firm Engling, Stritter & Partners and an associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. He practises as a commercial/corporate attorney, holds numerous directorships and is actively involved in the organised legal profession.

He is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 28 July 2000 and to the Audit Committee on 28 November 2001.

Günther Hanke (63)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: BCom (Accounting) with completed articles, Senior Management Certificate (University of Stellenbosch Business School), CFA(SA)

Günther joined the O&L Group of Companies in March 2004 as Group Financial Director responsible for formulating and executing strategy as part of the executive team. He has held various senior executive positions over the past 25 years. He is currently the Chairman of Dimension Data Namibia and a Director of various O&L companies within the Group.

He is an alternate Director to Sven Thieme and was appointed to the NBL Board on 1 October 2015.

Peter Grüttemeyer (65)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: CA(Nam)

Peter joined the O&L Group in October 2003 as Chief Executive Officer where he is responsible for formulating and executing strategy. Prior to joining O&L he held the position of partner in charge of the Deloitte Namibia practice.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 3 June 2004 and to the Audit Committee on 2 December 2010.

Lieven van der Borght (57)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: LLM and MBA (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)

With many years of experience within the Heineken Group and other reputable international corporates, Lieven holds the position of Heineken Regional Commercial Director Africa and Middle East. He served as a Non-executive Director of Heineken Sirocco Dubai and Heineken South Africa (Proprietary) Limited.

He is an alternate Director to Roland Pirmez and was appointed to the NBL Board on 2 December 2010.

Laura McLeod-Katjirua (59)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: GradDip DVST and Management, Diploma in Basic Education

Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has a long history of serving the people of Namibia. She has been active in the promotion of gender equality and education in Namibia. She is currently the appointed Governor of Khomas Region where she continues to support various initiatives that support the development and well-being of Namibians.

She was appointed to the NBL Board on 2 April 2012.

Steven Siemer (52)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: Master’s degree in Business Economics (University of Groningen)

Steven was appointed Finance Director of Heineken Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe in 2017. From 2014 to 2017, he was Finance Director of Heineken Spain. Steven joined Heineken in 1990 as Marketing Controller of Heineken Netherlands. In 2001, he was appointed as Finance Director of Heineken Ireland. From 2005 to 2010, Steven worked at Heineken CEE, Austria as Head of Region Control and Business Development Director. From 2010 until 2014, he was Finance Director of Brau Union Austria.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 1 July 2017.

Roland Pirmez (59)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: Engineering degree in Agriculture, Master’s degree in Brewing (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Roland was appointed President of Heineken Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe in 2015. From 2013 until 2015, he was President of Asia, Pacific Brewery Co Limited (APB) and CEO of APB. Roland joined Heineken in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, he was Managing Director of Heineken Angola. In 1998, he was appointed General Manager of Thai APB, Thailand and in 2002, became CEO of Heineken in Russia.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 8 September 2015.

Marco Wenk

Managing director

Qualifications: Studied towards his B.Compt (UNISA) while completing his articles, Senior Management Development Program (Stellenbosch University), GAP International Leadership Certificate (Breakthrough Intensive), Breakthrough Management Skills (BMS) Leadership Training

Marco has been with the O&L Group since 2000. In 2002, he was appointed as General Manager of O&L’s Property Division until the Joint Venture with Broll Property Group South Africa in 2003 where after he served in various roles at Broll Namibia between 2003 and 2005 until taking over the Managing Director role in 2005 serving in that capacity until 30 June 2019. He played an integral role in developing Broll Namibia to be the largest Property Management and Commercial Property Services provider in Namibia. Marco also served as a director of SIP Project Managers Namibia, a subsidiary of Broll Namibia. He is a Trustee of the O&L Pension Fund.

He was appointed to the NBL Board as Managing Director on 1 July 2019.

Waldemar Von Lieres

Finance director

Qualifications: CA (Nam), Postgraduate degree in accounting (University of Stellenbosch), BAcc (University of Stellenbosch)

Waldemar has been Finance Director at NBL since July 2019. He joined the O&L Group in 2007 as Finance Manager at Windhoek Schlachterei. He subsequently held a few diverse positions in the Group, including Strategic Planning and Decision Support Manager at NBL, and most recently Finance Director at Pick n Pay Namibia. There he was responsible for the overall leadership of the finance, IT and procurement departments.

He was appointed to the NBL board on 1 July 2019.

Sven Thieme (51)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: CA(Nam)(SA)

Sven is the Executive Chairperson of the O&L Group. He joined O&L in 1998 after working for four years as a Chartered Accountant in Luxembourg. He was also the architect of several joint ventures entered into by O&L, including the deal between Heineken, Diageo and Namibia Breweries.

He was appointed to the NBL Board in March 2002 and elected Chairperson on 11 July 2002.

Hendrik van der Westhuizen (45)

Executive director

Qualifications: BSc in Operations Management (Production Management Institute of South Africa), Postgraduate Degree in Association in Management (AIM) (University of Cape Town), Management and Senior Management Diploma (Stellenbosch University)

Wessie has been with the O&L Group since 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the Board of Hangana Seafood (Proprietary) Limited and became its Managing Director in 2009. He played an integral role in successfully placing Hangana Seafood on the road of sustained profitability and has over 19 years’ experience in the Food and Beverage Industry. He was appointed to the NBL Board as Managing Director on 2 April 2012.

Hans-Bruno Gerdes (67)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: BProc (University of Cape Town)

Hans-Bruno is a consultant to the attorneys firm Engling, Stritter & Partners and an associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. He practises as a commercial/corporate attorney, holds numerous directorships and is actively involved in the organised legal profession.

He is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 28 July 2000 and to the Audit Committee on 28 November 2001.

Günther Hanke (63)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: BCom (Accounting) with completed articles, Senior Management Certificate (University of Stellenbosch Business School), CFA(SA)

Günther joined the O&L Group of Companies in March 2004 as Group Financial Director responsible for formulating and executing strategy as part of the executive team. He has held various senior executive positions over the past 25 years. He is currently the Chairman of Dimension Data Namibia and a Director of various O&L companies within the Group.

He is an alternate Director to Sven Thieme and was appointed to the NBL Board on 1 October 2015.

Peter Grüttemeyer (65)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: CA(Nam)

Peter joined the O&L Group in October 2003 as Chief Executive Officer where he is responsible for formulating and executing strategy. Prior to joining O&L he held the position of partner in charge of the Deloitte Namibia practice.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 3 June 2004 and to the Audit Committee on 2 December 2010.

Lieven van der Borght (57)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: LLM and MBA (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)

With many years of experience within the Heineken Group and other reputable international corporates, Lieven holds the position of Heineken Regional Commercial Director Africa and Middle East. He served as a Non-executive Director of Heineken Sirocco Dubai and Heineken South Africa (Proprietary) Limited.

He is an alternate Director to Roland Pirmez and was appointed to the NBL Board on 2 December 2010.

Laura McLeod-Katjirua (59)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: GradDip DVST and Management, Diploma in Basic Education

Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has a long history of serving the people of Namibia. She has been active in the promotion of gender equality and education in Namibia. She is currently the appointed Governor of Khomas Region where she continues to support various initiatives that support the development and well-being of Namibians.

She was appointed to the NBL Board on 2 April 2012.

Steven Siemer (52)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: Master’s degree in Business Economics (University of Groningen)

Steven was appointed Finance Director of Heineken Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe in 2017. From 2014 to 2017, he was Finance Director of Heineken Spain. Steven joined Heineken in 1990 as Marketing Controller of Heineken Netherlands. In 2001, he was appointed as Finance Director of Heineken Ireland. From 2005 to 2010, Steven worked at Heineken CEE, Austria as Head of Region Control and Business Development Director. From 2010 until 2014, he was Finance Director of Brau Union Austria.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 1 July 2017.

Roland Pirmez (59)

Non-executive Director

Qualifications: Engineering degree in Agriculture, Master’s degree in Brewing (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Roland was appointed President of Heineken Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe in 2015. From 2013 until 2015, he was President of Asia, Pacific Brewery Co Limited (APB) and CEO of APB. Roland joined Heineken in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, he was Managing Director of Heineken Angola. In 1998, he was appointed General Manager of Thai APB, Thailand and in 2002, became CEO of Heineken in Russia.

He was appointed to the NBL Board on 8 September 2015.

Our Senior Leadership Team is tasked with implementing the Company’s strategies and objectives. This team is also responsible for ensuring that internal controls are in place and function effectively so that the Company can operate and mitigate risk to its operations.

Marco Wenk

Managing director

Waldemar Von Lieres

Finance director

Anton Goosen

Global Sales Manager

Abrie du Plooy

Supply Manager

René Duffy

Global Marketing Manager

Christin Obst

Strategic Sourcing Manager

John Fitzgerald

General Manager NBL SA

Timothy Izaks

Human Capital Manager

Marco Wenk

Managing director

Waldemar Von Lieres

Finance director

Anton Goosen

Global Sales Manager

Abrie du Plooy

Supply Manager

René Duffy

Global Marketing Manager

Christin Obst

Strategic Sourcing Manager

John Fitzgerald

General Manager NBL SA

Timothy Izaks

Human Capital Manager