Jan A Claassen (South African)
Jan was born in South Africa in 1952. He began his banking
career as an Executive Trainee with Barclays Bank in South Africa,
which later changed its name to First National Bank of Southern
Africa, where he held various management positions within the bank
in different countries outside of South Africa, including Malawi
and Namibia. Jan was exposed to retail, asset based finance,
corporate and tax based lending.
He subsequently joined Letshego Holdings Limited as the Managing
Director, a position he held until he retired to join the Board of
Directors of Letshego Holdings Limited as a non-executive director.
During his tenure as Managing Director of Letshego, the group grew
from one company in Botswana with four branches and a staff
compliment of 30, to a group comprising ten operating subsidiaries
in ten countries with over 1200 employees and a branch network
exceeding 100 branches in number.
Jan holds BCom and LLB degrees and completed the Advanced
Executive Program. He also attended a number of management
and corporate finance courses. Jan was appointed a director of ABCH
in September 2015.
Bradford M Gibbs (American)
Brad was born in the United States in 1970. He joined
Atlas Mara from the Mara Group, which he had joined in May
2013. Prior to that, he was at Morgan Stanley for nearly 14
years working in the New York, London, Frankfurt and Johannesburg
offices executing mergers, acquisitions and capital markets
transactions across a broad array of industries, including
financial services, natural resources, retail, telecommunications,
chemicals, logistics, and information technology,
totalling in excess of $100 billion. During his time at Morgan
Stanley as a Managing Director, he served as Head of South
Africa Investment Banking and Head of EMEA Chemicals, Building
Materials and Paper & Packaging.
Brad holds an MBA from the Wharton School (University of
Pennsylvania) and a BA in History with Honours from Brown
University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected a
member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the Executive Committee
of Atlas Mara and, in addition to serving as a director of ABC
Holdings Limited, also serves as a director of Atlas Mara's Rwandan
subsidiary, BRD Commercial Bank Limited. Brad was appointed a
director of ABCH in October 2014.
Mark M Schneiders (Dutch)
Mark was born in the Netherlands in 1956. Mark has more than 27
years of banking sector experience in wholesale and private banking
within Africa and around the globe serving as an entrepreneurial
finance professional. He held various senior positions
including Managing Director with ING Financial Institutions in
Amsterdam. He has extensive experience with company mergers,
building new markets and setting up retail banking businesses in a
variety of countries, including Switzerland, The Netherlands,
Spain, Curaçao, Argentina, Venezuela, Hong Kong and the USA. Mark
is currently CEO of the Royal Tropical Institute in the
Mark holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in law from the
University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and completed the Advanced
Management Program at Harvard Business School and various banking
management programs at INSEAD (Cedep).
He was appointed to the Board as a representative of African
Development Corporation in 2011 and subsequently resigned from the
Board in his capacity as a representative for African Development
Corporation on 3 December 2013 and was reappointed to the Board on
20 February 2014 as an independent director.
Livingstone T Gwata (Zimbabwean)
Livingstone was born in Zimbabwe in 1950. He accumulated
over 24 years' experience in corporate, retail and merchant banking
with Standard Chartered PLC in Zimbabwe, Europe, the Far East and
several African countries at managerial, executive director and
managing director level. In 1998, he joined the then First Banking
Corporation Limited as Managing Director where he successfully
steered the new bank from a privately owned business to a
profitable publicly listed diversified financial services group,
FBC Holdings Limited, until he retired as Group Chief Executive in
Livingstone held directorships and leadership positions in several
Zimbabwean and multinational companies, including founder
Chairmanship of the Rainbow Tourism Group Limited, President of the
Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe, Chairman of the
University of Zimbabwe Council and Vice Chairman of MasterCard
International Limited, Middle East and Africa. He is currently the
Chairman of two Zimbabwean financial services businesses and the
Zimbabwe Open Golf Committee.
He holds a Bachelor of Administration from the University of
Zimbabwe, a Certificated Associate of the Institute of
Bankers in South Africa by examination (CAIB). He is an associate
of the Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe (AIBZ) and a Fellow of the
Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe (FIBZ). Livingstone was appointed
a director of ABCH in September 2015.
Shauket A Fakie (South African)
Shauket was born in South Africa in 1953. He has over 36
years' experience in accounting, auditing, consulting and advisory
work locally and internationally. He started his career as an
accounting clerk serving articles at Ernst & Young Auditing. He
worked in the accounting field in South Africa and Australia in
various roles, including audit manager/partner, senior consultant,
tax advisor and financial accountant. In 1995 he joined the Office
of the Auditor-General as the Provincial Auditor of the Gauteng
Province. In 1999 he was appointed Auditor-General of South Africa
for a seven year term. In 2007 he took on the role of Executive,
Business Risk Management at MTN until his retirement in 2015.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director of various companies in
the MTN Group, as well as of Alliance Insurance (S.A.). He is also
the Chairman of SANZAF (NPO).
Shauket is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) in South Africa
and Australia and holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons). Shauket was
appointed a director of ABCH in September 2015.