Jan A Claassen (South African)

Board Chairperson



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.

 
 

Doreen C Khama (Botswana)

Non-Executive Director


BancABC Committee Membership:

Loans Review Committee



Doreen was born in Botswana in 1949. She is founder and senior partner of the law firm Doreen Khama Attorneys, a reputable legal firm that has been in operation for over 20 years in Botswana. She is also the Honorary Consul for Austria in Botswana.


Doreen is active in business initiatives in Africa and internationally, and has earned a high standing of professional prominence through her international affiliations.


She serves as a director and board member for several organisations across various industries, including Lengao Holdings and PEP Holdings.


Doreen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. Doreen was appointed to the ABCH Board in 2007.

 
 

John F Vitalo (American)

Non-executive Director



John was born in the United States of America in 1964.  He is the CEO of Atlas Mara, which he joined in July 2014 from Barclays PLC where he was Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & North Africa since May 2009, responsible for all aspects of the company's activity in the region, including wealth management, retail and business banking, investment and corporate banking and infrastructure. His previous roles at the company included CEO of Absa Capital - where he built Absa Capital into an award winning investment bank - and COO of Global Markets and COO of Emerging Markets for Barclays Capital.

 

Prior to Barclays, John was at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he held a number of senior positions in London and New York.

 

John holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Sigma Nu.

 

John was appointed to the ABCH Board in October 2014.  He also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Union Bank of Nigeria (in which Atlas Mara owns an effective stake of 31%) and is the non-executive chairman of Banque Populaire du Rwanda, the Rwandan bank that is majority-owned by Atlas Mara.

 
 

Bradford M Gibbs (American)

Non-executive Director



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)

Non-executive Director



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 Netherlands



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)

Non-executive Director



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 2011.


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)

Non-executive Director



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.

 
 

Dr Blessing Mudavanhu (Zimbabwean)

Executive Director Group Chief Executive Officer (Acting)



Blessing is the acting Chief Executive Officer of BancABC. He joined BancABC in 2009 as the Group Chief Risk Officer and subsequently appointed to the role of acting Chief Executive Officer on 2 January 2015. Blessing spent eight years working on Wall Street in New York, where most recently, he was a Director in Global Risk Management at Bank America Merrill Lynch.

 

He has published many research papers in the Journal of Investment Management and in many mathematics journals. He is also listed in the Who's Who in America and is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship.

 

Blessing holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mathematics from the University of Zimbabwe, a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Washington as well as a Master of Science in Financial Engineering from the Hass School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

 
 

Ronald Pfende (Zimbabwean)

Executive Director Group Chief Operating Officer



Ronald Pfende was born in Zimbabwe in 1971. He was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer of ABC Holdings in 2015.  Prior to joining BancABC he spent 10 years with Standard Bank of South Africa working in South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria where he held a number of Executive Finance positions that included Chief Financial Officer of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Nigeria and Stanbic Bank Uganda respectively. His most recent role was Head of Finance Transformation at Standard Bank Group.  Prior to Standard Bank, he was Financial Controller of BP Tanzania Ltd.


Ronald is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).  He holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) as well as a Master of Business Leadership degree from the University of South Africa.