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The board and management of Howden Africa Holdings Limited are committed to the principles of openness, integrity and accountability as advocated in the King Report
on Corporate Governance for South Africa – 2009 (King III).

Howden endeavours to comply with all requirements for corporate governance in the Listings Requirements of
JSE Limited, South Africa.

Ian Brander


Non-Executive Chairman

Bsc (Mech. Engineering)(Hon), D.Eng (Honorary Degree)

Ian Brander has been a Non-executive Director of Howden Africa Holdings Ltd since 26 July 2011.

Mr Brander joined Howden in 1983 and has undertaken a diverse range of roles and projects allowing him to be involved in a wide range of technologies, from fans to wind turbines to tunnel boring machines, robotics and compressors, progressing from design and development to engineering management, project management and general management. He was appointed Howden Global Technology Director in 2006, Operations Director in 2008 and, in August 2011, he became Howden Global CEO.

Mr Brander also sits on (amongst others) the boards of Howden Group South Africa Limited, James Howden and Godfrey Overseas Limited, Howden Holdings Limited (UK), Howden Group Limited (UK).

James Brown

Non-Executive Director


James Brown has been a Non-executive Director of Howden Africa Holdings Ltd since 3 March 2005.

Mr Brown has had various senior financial roles across his 26-year career in Howden. Since 2003, he has been Chief Financial Officer of Howden Global. He is responsible for IT and business systems development in Howden, financial control and overall financial performance of the business.

Morongwe Malebye

Lead Independent non-executive director

MSc (Ind. engineering), MBA and BSc (

Morongwe Malebye has been Independent Non-executive Director of Howden Africa Holdings Ltd since 7 November 2007.

Ms Malebye has worked in senior and executive positions at blue chip engineering companies such as Sasol, TFR-Spoornet, Armscor, and subsidiaries of international and listed companies such as Babcock Africa and PB Africa. Ms Malebye’s expertise are in the Utilities sector and Manufacturing. She is a valuable contributor to Growth Strategy, Stakeholder engagement and Asset management.

Currently, she is also a Director and co-founder of Ditiropele, an engineering company and a CEO of Dickinsons Industrial Services.

Mitesh Patel

Independent Non-Executive Director


Mitesh Patel has been the chairperson of the audit committee and Independent Non-executive Director of Howden Africa Holdings Ltd since 15 December 2014.

Mr Patel is the Managing Partner of Nkonki. He is an accomplished Audit Partner, Non-Executive Director and Curator, equipped with a commanding track record over the past fourteen years of bringing sound judgement and a strong commercial perspective to business in Unlisted markets, Listed markets and State Owned Entities.

Mr Patel is, in addition to his directorship within Howden, the Independent Non-Executive chairman of Wearne Limited and Imbalie Beauty Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Verimark Limited.

Kevin Johnson


Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

FCPA (Aust), BSSc, MAcc (Aust)

Kevin Johnson has been Howden Africa Holdings Ltd’s CFO since 1 March 2012.

Mr Johnson has extensive global experience, having lived and worked on various assignments in Australia, South Africa and Europe. Before joining Howden Africa, he held senior finance and system implementation roles in Howden Group. He has specific expertise in business process engineering, strategic management, system implementation, financial management and reporting.

Mr Johnson also sits on the board of Howden Australia (Pty) Ltd .

Humphrey Mathe

Independent Non-Executive Director

Bsc. (Hon),Msc (Mineral Exploration),PhD (Applied Geology)

Humphrey Mathe has been an Independent Non-executive Director of Howden Africa Holdings Ltd since 1 July 2012.

He has in excess of 38 years experience in the mining industry and is the Chief Executive Officer of Tranter Resources. Previously he was the CEO of Scinta South Africa (Pty) Limited, an Executive General Manager at Exxaro Resources Limited. He serves on the Investment Committee of the New Africa Mining Fund and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) as a professional scientist.

Dr Mathe also sits on the boards of Ferret Mining and Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd, Scinta South Africa (Pty) Limited (Non-Executive Chairman), Tranter Group of companies, Talent10 Holdings, Council for Geoscience (CGS), Wescoal Holdings Limited, Handa Copper Corporation.

William Thomson

Chief Executive Officer – CEO

Bsc (Mech. Engineering)

William Thomson was been appointed initially as the chief operating officer (“COO”) from 1 February 2016, for a short transition period, and from June 2016 he will be appointed as the CEO of Howden Africa Holdings Limited, for a period of approximately 2 (two) years.

Mr Thomson has significant experience running a global heavy fan and heater business and has extensive end to end knowledge of procurement, manufacturing and service processes of the Howden core range fans & heaters. He has significant product knowledge and its application in the power and mining industries.

Mr Thomson also sits on the board of Howden UK Limited.


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