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Our Board

The Deloitte Board of Partners and Directors is the governance body of the firm in Southern Africa.

The Board is structured as follows:

Board Member Committees
Trevor Brown
Chairman - Gauteng (Johannesburg)
  • CEO Performance, Remuneration, Succession and Nominations Committee
  • Direct Entry Partner/Director Committee
  • Risk and Compliance Committee
Mike Comber
Deputy Chairman - Risk & Reputation Leader
  • Finance Committee
  • Risk and Compliance Committee
Lwazi Bam
CEO (ex officio)
  • CEO Performance, Remuneration, Succession and Nominations Committee
  • Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee
  • Direct Entry Partner/Director Committee
Allen Swiegers
COO (ex officio)
  • Partner/Director Remuneration Committee (RemCo)
  • Direct Entry Partner/Director Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Risk and Compliance Committee
Chris Beukman
CFO (Board Secretary) (ex officio)
  • Finance Committee
  • Risk and Compliance Committee
Tasneem Abdool-Samad
KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape
  • Risk and Compliance Committee
Geoff Fortuin
Western Cape and Namibia
  • Finance Committee
Nazeer Essop
Gauteng (Pretoria) and Botswana
  • Partner/Director Admissions Committee
  • Finance Committee
Kamal Ramsingh
Consulting
  • Partner/Director Admissions Committee
  • Direct Entry Partner/Director Committee
Tony Zoghby
Audit
  • Partner/Director Remuneration Committee (RemCo)
  • CEO Performance, Remuneration, Succession and Nominations Committee
Charles Larbi-Odam
Risk Advisory and Corporate Finance
  • Partner/Director Remuneration Committee (RemCo)
  • CEO Performance, Remuneration, Succession and Nominations Committee
Bonga Nyembe
Transformation
  • Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee
Billy Joubert
Taxation Services
  • Partner/Director Admissions Committee
Anthea Scholtz
Taxation Services
  • Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee
Nthobi Angel
External advisor to the Board
  • Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee
Professor Njabulo Ndebele
External advisor to the Board
  • Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee

 

 

Trevor Brown 
Chairman - Gauteng (Johannesburg)
B Acc (Wits), CA (SA)

Trevor Brown was admitted as a partner of Deloitte in 1988 and has served the firm for 33 years.

He was appointed partner-in-charge of the Johannesburg Audit office in 1997, and was appointed to the firm's Executive Committee (Exco) in 1998 as the service line leader of Audit. During 2005, he was appointed as the Clients and Markets leader of the Southern African firm, continuing to serve on Exco. In 2011, Trevor resigned from Exco and was elected to the Board on 1 September 2011 as the Johannesburg representative, and was elected by the newly appointed Board as its chairman for the next three years.

He has been actively involved as advisory partner to many of the Southern African firm’s audit clients and is currently a lead client service partner to The Bidvest Group.

 

Mike Comber 
Deputy Chairman - Risk & Reputation Leader
B Acc, CA (SA)

Mike Comber joined the firm in 1973. He studied through the University of Natal Durban and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979. He spent two years working in the United States and United Kingdom in the early 1980s and upon his return to South Africa was appointed as an Audit partner in 1985

Mike was the KwaZulu-Natal regional staff partner for six years followed by six years as the business unit leader of the KwaZulu-Natal Assurance and Advisory Services business, before moving to Johannesburg. During the 32 years he spent in the Durban office, Mike served many clients in the region including, among others Illovo Sugar Ltd, Dunlop Africa Ltd, the Massdiscounters Chain, a division of Masstores (Pty) Ltd, Crookes Brothers Ltd and McCarthy Retail Ltd. He also had advisory partner responsibilities in respect of a number of other clients.

Mike relocated to Johannesburg during 2005 to take the role as lead client service partner on Sappi Limited, which has its primary listing in Johannesburg, but which is also a foreign private issuer listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He is also the lead client service partner on Imperial Holdings Limited and leads the firm’s Reputation, Risk and Independence team.

Mike was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2008 and elected deputy chairman on 1 June 2010.

 

Lwazi Bam 
Chief Executive Officer - (ex officio)
CA (SA)

Lwazi Bam was appointed chief executive of Deloitte Southern Africa on 1 June 2012. Lwazi was previously the firm’s Strategy leader as well as the head of Corporate Finance. Lwazi has been with the firm for 18 years and has served in several roles, including as a member of the Deloitte Board.

Lwazi has advised on a number of Merger and Acquisition transactions. His portfolio of experience covers buy-sideand sell-side advisory, capital raising, management buy-outs, valuations and due diligence services.

Lwazi is a former member of the Securities Regulation Panel (SRP) and is a past president of the Association of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA). He is also chairman of the African Children’s Feeding Scheme.

 

Allen Swiegers 
Chief Operating Officer - (ex officio)
CA (SA)

Allen Swiegers was appointed chief operating officer of Deloitte Southern Africa on 1 June 2006. He chairs the firm’s Talent Board is a member of the Deloitte & Touche Global Talent Council. He has served the firm for 27 years.

Allen was the partner-in-charge of the Pretoria office from 2000 to 2006 and served as a Board member for two of those years before joining the Executive Committee in 2005. Allen is the executive sponsor of the Deloitte Way.

 

Chris Beukman 
Chief Financial Officer - (Board Secretary) (ex officio)
CA (SA)

As the firm’s chief financial officer, Chris Beukman is responsible for Partner/Director Affairs as well as the financial affairs of the firm. Chris is also the firm’s Board secretary.

He has served 38 years with the firm. Chris was a group leader in Johannesburg Assurance from 1993 to 2001. He has been responsible for the management and direction of engagements for large multinational corporations in South Africa in accounting, advisory, auditing and due diligence services with extensive experience in the utilities and construction sectors.

Chris was a member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Global Resources Group and was responsible for co-ordination of the group’s activities in Africa.

 

Tasneem Abdool-Samad 
KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape
CA(SA)

Tasneem Abdool-Samad has been with the firm for 11 years and has served for six of those years as a partner. Her current portfolio includes leading RecruitTalent in KwaZulu-Natal. Tasneem has serviced many clients including Imperial, Bidvest, Ivanhoe Mining, Lereko Investments, Tshikululu Social Investments.

Tasneem has a wealth of experience in Financial Institutions, Quality and Risk Management, and Growth and Emerging Markets. Before moving to KZN, Tasneem served as a partner in PSR from 2006 to 2009 and as a partner in Entrepreneurial Services from 2009 to 2011.

Some of her achievements include being a member of the National Securitisation Interest Group, a contributor to the research report as mandated by the Minister of Finance on behalf of the Accounting Review Panel; and the audit quality control practice statement as required by the then PAAB. She is currently the Chairman of the IRBA Inspections Committee.

Tasneem was elected to the Board of Deloitte Southern Africa with effect from 15 October 2012 for the period to 31 August 2014.

 

Geoff Fortuin 
Western Cape and Namibia
B Com (Acc) Cum Laude; B Com (Acc) (Hons); CA(SA)

Geoff Fortuin has been a partner in the firm for almost 12 years and has had significant exposure to the property sector. He also serves as lead client service partner to listed company, Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited and has served listed clients such as Sea Harvest Corporation Limited and Command Holdings Limited.

Geoff was previously the business unit leader for Audit in Cape Town and was previously responsible for Learning and Transformation.

Geoff served on the Education Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants for five years. He was appointed to the Board in 2011.

 

Nazeer Essop 
Gauteng (Pretoria) and Botswana
B Com Acc (Wits), CA (SA)

Nazeer Essop joined the firm in 1997 and was admitted as a partner of Deloitte in 2004 based in the Pretoria office and has served the firm for 14 years.

Nazeer was the lead client service partner for the South African Reserve Bank and is currently the lead client service partner for the Auditor-General of South Africa and the South African Post Office. In addition, Nazeer is also the National Public Sector leader for Deloitte in Southern Africa.

 

Kamal Ramsingh 
Consulting
B Sc (Computer Science), MBL

Kamal Ramsingh initially joined the firm in 1993 in the Durban office. He studied through the University of Natal Durban and graduated with a BSc in Computer Science. He later completed his Masters in Business Leadership (cum laude) from the University of South Africa. Kamal was appointed as a director in Consulting in 2000 and was the industry leader of the Communications Industry Practice, serving clients such as Telkom and Vodacom.

After pursuing his own interests in the ICT and Consulting domains since 2003, Kamal returned to the firm in March of 2011, rejoining Consulting as a director. He leads the Technology service area within Consulting and is also the lead client service director of Telkom. Kamal was appointed to the Board in 2011.

 

Tony Zoghby 
Assurance
CA (SA)

Tony Zoghby is the South African lead client service partner of the Anglo American Group where he is responsible for the delivery of all services from Deloitte on a global basis. He has also just assumed the role of lead client service partner on the Murray & Roberts Group.

Tony has over 25 years of experience serving a range of clients, particularly those in the mining industry and has built his career focusing on clients with international interests that require multinational client service.

He is currently the Deloitte Africa industry leader for Mining, having just rotated out of his second term as Deloitte Global leader for Mining.

Tony was the staff partner in the Johannesburg office from 1988 to 1995 and was also a group leader in Johannesburg Audit for four years. Tony was appointed to the Board in 2010.

 

Charles Larbi-Odam 
Risk Advisory and Corporate Finance
BA (Hons) (Ghana), FCCA

Charles is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). He joined Deloitte in January 2000. He moved to the Corporate Finance practice of Deloitte in 2003 and was appointed a director in January 2007.

With over 10 years of experience in Deloitte, Charles has been responsible for developing the firm’s services around valuations required for financial reporting purposes. He currently leads the IFRS valuation work in Deloitte Southern Africa, and was appointed business unit leader of Corporate Finance in 2012.

 

Bonga Nyembe 
Transformation
CA (SA)

Bonga Nyembe joined the firm in 2000 in the Entrepreneurial Services division. He studied through the University of Natal Durban. On completion of his articles he was seconded to the New York office, through the firm’s JIT programme. On his return, he rejoined the South African practice as a manager in ES. He was appointed as a partner in Johannesburg Audit in June 2006.

Bonga has been actively involved in the transformation initiatives of the firm and has been the Transformation champion for Johannesburg Audit from 2005. In 2010 he was appointed as the Talent leader for Johannesburg Audit and was appointed to the management committee of the same business unit in June 2011.

Among other clients, Bonga is the partner on Pretoria Portland Cement, Imperial Dealerships, Avusa – NuMetro Division and Compass Group Southern Africa.

 

Billy Joubert 
Taxation Services
BA LLB (Wits); HDip Tax (Wits); HDip International Tax (RAU); Admitted Attorney

Billy Joubert has been a partner in the firm for 21 years. He has extensive experience in specialist consulting across a wide range of tax disciplines and has been a specialist in transfer pricing since 2002. As a subject matter expert, Billy regularly contributes to articles for publication in the press and is regularly interviewed on TV and radio on tax-related matters.

Within Deloitte, Billy is the leader of the transfer pricing team within Tax. This team has done extensive transfer pricing assignments for all the major banks in South Africa as well as for clients across all business sectors within the country, including mining, telecommunications, freight and logistics, and the motor industry.

Billy’s achievement’s include being featured several times in the Euromoney “Guide to the World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers” (including the most recent Guide for 2011). He was also the recipient of the “Chief Executive Excellence Award” at the Deloitte Annual Partners’ Meeting in 2009.

 

 

Anthea Scholtz 
Taxation Services
CA(SA), B.Com (Accounting), B.Com (Acc)(Honours), B.Com (Honours)(Tax)

Anthea ScholtzAnthea Scholtz is a director in Taxation Services and the leader of the national Tax Oil & Gas industry team for South Africa. She also heads up the Oil & Gas industry group for the Western Cape office. She specialises in corporate tax, personal tax and expatriate taxation and provides tax advisory and tax compliance services to a number of multinational oil and gas companies and to various companies who service the industry. Anthea is also the leader of the Western Cape Global Employer Services unit and is currently also the national chairperson of the Deloitte Women in Leadership committee for Deloitte South Africa.

She was the author of the comprehensive book on taxation, Pay Less Tax and the co-author of the book, Everyone’s Guide to the Tax Return. Anthea was admitted to the Board on 1 January 2013

 

Nthobi Angel 
External advisor to the Board
BA (Hons) (Ghana), Dip. Mass Communication (Ghana), BSc (Hons) Sociology (Zim), MSc Industrial Sociology (Zim)

Nthobi Angel is an external advisor to the Deloitte Board of Partners and Directors. In addition, she is chairman of a Women’s Group, TsaRona Investments, a director of Absa Group and Absa Bank, and a director of Batho Bonke Capital. Nthobi is active in nature conservation and is a director of the Open Africa Initiative and the Peace Parks Foundation.

She chairs the Absa Brand and Reputation sub-committee, and is a trustee of the Absa Foundation and Kagiso Trust.

From 1994 to 1995, Nthobi was the public affairs manager at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer SA (Proprietary) Limited.

Thereafter she was appointed as general manager: Corporate Affairs at Engen Petroleum Limited, a position she held until early 2000, when she was appointed as executive director: Strategic Affairs at Engen. She played a key role in facilitating the first BEE transaction (Worldwide Africa Investments) in the oil industry, which later informed the Department of Minerals & Energy oil industry charter. She was also instrumental in establishing the joint SO2 environmental emissions monitoring programme between the Durban South communities and the Engen Refinery.

From 2001 to 2003 Nthobi was seconded to the Presidency by Engen, as Chief Operations Officer: Strategic Planning and Communications. She was part of the three member team with Tokyo Sexwale who put together the Batho-Bonke consortium which now has 10% equity in Absa. From 2004 to 2005 she was appointed as CEO of Mvelaphanda Resources. Her last full time employment was with Eskom, as managing director: External Relations. She resigned in June 2006 to focus on her role as Chairman of TsaRona Investments.

 

Professor Njabulo Ndebele 
External advisor to the Board
Ph.D. English, M.A. English Literature, B.A. English and Philosophy

NjabuloNjabulo Ndebele is renowned as an academic, a literary and a writer of fiction, with a Ph.D. English in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Apart from completing a number of literary works and publications for which is he has been widely recognised, Njabulo has achieved the distinction of 11 honorary doctorates from universities across four continents. He has also served as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town and most recently, has been inaugurated as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.

He is the Chair of the Southern African Regional Universities Association, the President of the Association of African Universities, a member of the English Academy of South Africa, and a Trustee of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and the MTN Foundation. He has made a telling contribution to high-level corporate leadership, with specific focus on the social impact of business. Njabulo joined the Board on 14 February 2013.

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