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.


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.