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Board of Directors

Executive directors

Paul Baloyi

Chairman

Appointed: May 2019

Mr. Baloyi was appointed as the Chairman of the Board in May 2019. He currently serves on a number of boards including, Old Mutual Limited, Bid Corporation Limited, ENX Group Limited and Zarclear Holdings Limited. He began his career with the Standard Bank Group Limited, before moving to Nedcor Bank Limited (now Nedbank). He fulfilled various roles during his tenure there, ultimately becoming Managing Director of Nedbank Africa. He is also the former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of DBSA Development Fund. Paul served as an independent Non-Executive Director on several boards in Africa and Internationally, was a council member of the Institute of Bankers and served as Chairman of the New Medical Aid.

Education: Paul holds an MBA from the University of Wales Bangor and a number of other postgraduate qualifications, including completing an Advanced Management Program from INSEAD and Senior Executive Program from Harvard Business School. Paul has specialised experience in Strategy Development and Execution, Risk and Governance, Financial Structuring / Engineering and Compliance.


Nigel Atherton

Group Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: November 2016
Years of service at Peermont and its predecessors: 18
Years of service on the board: 2

Mr. Atherton was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Prior to this he was the Chief Operating Officer of Emperors Palace, the groupís flagship resort. Nigel was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for Emperors Palace in August 2006 after he rejoined the Group in July 2005 as Financial Manager. Prior to his return to Emperors Palace he was the Divisional Director for Finance and Operations at Zenprop Property Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He has held various senior financial positions within Peermont since 1999. Nigel was involved in the execution of a number of strategic initiatives including the successful recapitalisation and refinancing of the group in 2017.

Education: Bachelor of Accounting Science Honours Degree (UNISA), Chartered Accountant (SA).


Grant Robinson

Group Financial Director

Appointed: June 2006
Years of service at Peermont and its predecessors: 14
Years of service on the Board: 12

Mr. Robinson joined Peermontís predecessor company in October 2004 and was appointed to the Board as Group Financial Director in June 2006. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand and joined KPMG where in later years he was admitted to the partnership, ultimately as a partner in the Information, Communication and Entertainment division. Grant has been involved in the execution of a number of strategic initiatives which included the acquisition of the South African interests of Caesars South Africa Inc. in 2005; the due diligence and acquisition of a controlling interest in the Tusk Group announced in December 2005; the US$ 1 billion buyout, delisting and reorganisation of Peermont in April 2007; and, the successful recapitalisation and refinancings of the group in 2014 and 2017.

Education: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting Degrees (University of the Witwatersrand), Chartered Accountant (SA).

Other significant directorships: Various group directorships and trustee roles.


Non-executive directors

Anthony Puttergill

Non-executive chairman and member of the remuneration and nominations committee

Appointed to the Board: November 2006
Years of service on the Board: 12

Mr. Puttergill qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) and spent the early part of his career with KPMG in Johannesburg and London, where he focused on serving clients in the travel, leisure and tourism industries. After developing a keen interest in the gaming and hospitality industry, he established a specialised gaming industry practice within KPMG South Africa, where he served as managing consultant until being approached to join Global Resorts (Peermontís predecessor company) in 1999.

Mr. Puttergill joined Peermontís predecessor as Commercial Director when the group was still in its start-up phase. His contribution to the strategic and operational management of the rapidly-growing group was recognised early on and he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Peermont Global in 2002, while also serving as the Group Financial Director.

In November 2006, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Peermont Global Proprietary Limited which acquired control of the previously listed Peermont Global Limited group in April 2007. He continued to serve as CEO of the Peermont Group until December 2015. After indicating his desire to retire from an executive role, he served as part-time executive chairman until 1 April 2016 before commencing his current role as non-executive chairman.

Mr. Puttergill was instrumental in the formulation, funding, structuring and execution of various strategic initiatives, such as; the management-led institutional buy-out of the company in 2003, the listing of Peermont Global in 2004, the acquisition of the South African interests of Caesars South Africa Inc. in 2005, the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Tusk Group announced in December 2005, the US$ 1 billion buyout, delisting and reorganisation of Peermont in April 2007 and the successful recapitalisation of the group in 2014. Education: Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Accountancy (University of the Witwatersrand), Chartered Accountant (SA).


Barry Hardy

Independent non-executive director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Appointed: September 2014
Years of service on the Board: 4

Mr. Hardy has over 30 yearsí experience in the international gaming industry in both operations and financial management roles. After some 18 years of involvement with London Clubs as Finance Director then Chief Operating Officer and most recently as Executive Deputy Chairman, he retired in December 2007. He has since acted as a consultant to the gaming and leisure industry and has advised on a number of casino transactions including that of the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Other significant directorships: Non-executive chairman of the board of Regency Entertainment SA which owns the Mont Parnes and Thessaloniki casinos in Greece. Non-executive director of the board of Silverbond Limited which owns the Park Lane casino in London.


Nchaupe Khaole

Non-executive director and chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee

Appointed: September 2014
Years of service on the Board: 4

Mr. Khaole currently serves as an Executive Director at MIC. He joined MIC in August 2012 and has in excess of 15 yearsí experience within the financial services industry, the bulk of which have been in corporate finance and private equity. Prior to that, he was a Senior Investment Officer at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and he has previously worked for Safika Holdings and Liberty Holdings Limited.

Education: BCom and BCom Honours in Investment Management from the University of Johannesburg, MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) of the University of Pretoria.


Chris Jardine

Independent non-executive director and member of the transformation, social and ethics committee

Appointed: September 2014
Years of service on the Board: 4

Dr. Chris Jardine is the Group Executive Director for Operations for the Tsebo Group, an integrated facilities solutions provider with offices in 22 countries. He joined Tsebo in 2011 as CEO of Tsebo Catering Solutions, a position he held until assuming his new role in June 2015. Prior to this he was CEO of the J & J Group. Chris has also worked in the IT, logistics, telecommunications, industrials and financial services sectors. Besides his strong operational track record, he has also served on the boards of companies as diverse as MTN, Transnet, Macquarie First South and Union Carriage and Wagons.

Education: PhD in Information Technology and BS and MS degrees in Computer Science, all from the George Mason University in Virginia, USA.


Dean Merritt

Non-executive director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the remuneration and nominations committee

Appointed: August 2018

Mr. Merritt is a Partner and Head of European Restructurings and Turnarounds at GoldenTree Asset Management. Prior to joining GoldenTree in 2015, he was a Partner at Talbot Hughes McKillop, EY and Arthur Andersen, specialising in financial restructurings and turnarounds.

Education: BA in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University. Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.


Sandiswa Ziphethe-Makola

Non-executive director

Sandiswa joined MIC in 2016 as a Senior Transactor in the investments team. Prior to joining MIC, she gained 10 years investment banking experience from Merrill Lynch SA and Nedbank Ltd. Her investment banking experience spans corporate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance as well as alternative equity investments.

Education: Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Hons), Master of Commerce in Development Finance (Distinction)

Other significant directorships: Sandiswa serves on the boards of Torre Industries Ltd, Universal Industries Corporation (Pty) Ltd, African Marine Solutions (Pty) Ltd and Westcon Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.


Dawie Petzer

Company secretary and group legal counsel

Appointed: February 2007
Years of service at Peermont and its predecessors: 19

After spending 9 years as a practicing attorney and 2 years with a gambling regulator, Mr Petzer established the legal services function at Peermont and has been the senior executive of the group for legal services since August 1999. He is also the Company Secretary of the Peermont group.

Education: B.Juris LLB from North West University.