Board of Directors
Michael Hankinson (70)
Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) in 1976 and after completing his articles at Deloitte & Touche, joined the textile industry as a financial manager. He moved up the ranks to the position of Chief Executive Officer at Romatex Limited in 1994. In 1997, Mike was appointed Chief Executive at Dunlop Limited, a tyre and rubber manufacturer listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and held this position for ten years. He has also held numerous non-executive positions on various boards related to the textile, tyre and sugar industries as well as Transnet Limited. He was appointed non-executive director to the Grindrod Limited board in 2009 and appointed non-executive Chairman in 2014. Mike was the executive Chairman of Grindrod Limited, from August 2017 to November 2018, when he reverted to being non-executive chairman. Mike is the non-executive Chairman of The Spar Group Limited.
Martyn Wade (60)
Martyn has served as a member of our board of directors since November 15, 2017. Martyn served on the Grindrod Limited board from November 2011 until November 1, 2017. Martyn continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of GSPL, a role he has been in since July 2011. He is currently a director of The UK Freight Demurrage & Defence Association, The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Europe) Limited, the UK P&I Club, and a member of the advisory panel to the Singapore Maritime Foundation. Martyn has 42 years international shipping experience and has worked for vessel owners, operators and shipbrokers in London, Johannesburg, New York and now Singapore. The companies he has worked for include Van Ommeren UK, Simpson Spence and Young Johannesburg, Clipper Bulk USA and HSBC Shipping Services London. He is a member of the Baltic Exchange, having been first elected in 1979. He was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience within the shipping industry, in-depth knowledge of shipping operations and ship management, as well as his leadership experience and strategic insights.
Stephen Griffiths (59)
Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1985 and completed his articles at Hudson, Langham, Morrison and Co, after which he spent two years in London where he gained international experience in a number of accountancy and consulting roles. Steve joined the Reunert Group in 1989 where he was employed in a number of financial management roles. He joined Grindrod Limited in 2004 as Group Financial Manager responsible for all group services and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of the Shipping Division in 2009. Steve is a director of major South African and international shipping subsidiaries in the division. Steve was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his in-depth knowledge of the company’s financial structures, his strong financial background including corporate finance, accounting and capital markets, and his experience in the shipping industry.
John Herholdt (70)
John obtained his LLB degree in 1971 and, as a partner at Goodrickes from 1973 he specialised in maritime and commodities law. In 1979, he was appointed a director of Leo Raphaely & Sons, an international commodity and trading firm. In 1984, he joined Shepstone & Wylie as a senior partner in their maritime department and acted primarily for shipowners and P & I Clubs. In 1986 John opened the Shepstone & Wylie office in London and in 1987 merged the operation with Maitlands. From 1987 to 2012, John was a senior partner of Maitlands with offices in Europe, South Africa, North America and elsewhere and also served as a Director on the Boards of several of its subsidiaries, as well as remaining a partner of Shepstone & Wylie. He continued to consult to the Maitland Group (now a financial services group) until 2015. John was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his legal and commercial knowledge of the maritime and commodity sectors, as well as his valuable experience in mergers and business management.
Quah Ban Huat (53)
Quah is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He specialised in financial services at Coopers & Lybrand London after qualifying and prior to joining Deutsche Bank. He then held various positions including Group Finance Director of IMC Group and Chief Financial Officer of City Gas Pte. Ltd. From 2006 to 2011, he was Chief Financial Officer at Rickmers Trust Management Pte. Ltd, trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, a container shipping trust listed on the SGX. Due to the slowdown in 2008, Quah spent two years restructuring its US$2bn debt. In 2011, Quah founded Primeur Cellars and also founded PRYME, a society focused on assisting less-privileged children in Singapore. He is currently a principal advisor at KPMG, advising a broad spectrum of clients across a range of industries and a board member of a number of companies. Quah was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his financial background and experience in fundraising, mergers and acquisitions and deal structuring, his key responsibilities at KPMG.
Pieter Uys (56)
Pieter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, a Masters in Engineering degree from the University of Stellenbosch, and an MBA degree from the Stellenbosch Business School. Pieter joined Vodacom as a member of the initial engineering team in 1993. He was appointed Managing Director of Vodacom South Africa in 2001 and as Group Chief Operating Officer in 2004. He became CEO of the Vodacom Group in 2008 and joined Remgro in 2013 as an investment executive. He is a director of Mediclinic, Dark Fibre Africa, Seacom, Grindrod Limited, Grindrod Bank and Kagiso Tiso Holdings. Pieter was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for his valuable business, operational and management expertise as well as his strategic insights.
Murray Grindrod (52)
Murray graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 1993 to 1996, he worked in the corporate finance and corporate banking divisions of The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited group. Since 1997 he has held various management roles within the Grindrod Limited group across its shipping, investments and freight logistics businesses. He is currently employed at Grindrod Limited where his responsibilities include treasury and investments and he is a director of a number of its subsidiaries including Grindrod Bank Limited. Murray has a number of years of experience in the Grindrod Shipping group, both prior to and after the spin-off and separate listing in June 2018, and therefore has a good knowledge of the Company and its operations.