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
Doreen C Khama (BOTSWANA)
Non Executive Director
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
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)
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.
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.
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, andinformation
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.
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
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
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.
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.