Executive Leadership Team

Tertius Carstens

B Eng (Chem), MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Carstens has been with the Group since 1994 and has a wealth of experience within Pioneer Foods. Initially, he was involved in the engineering and technical components of the business, but has since gained strong strategic experience through his involvement in various aspects of the Group. He worked in managerial and executive capacities, both in the Groceries and Essential Foods divisions. He was actively involved in a number of the Group’s joint ventures, many of them since inception. He was appointed CEO and executive director of the Group from 1 October 2017.

Felix Lombard

M Com (Tax), CA(SA)

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Lombard started his career with the Group in 1995 as head of information systems at Bokomo and then Pioneer Foods. Until recently, he was the executive responsible for the Groceries division. He was appointed as CFO and executive director of the Group and executive director on 1 July 2017. In addition to his finance responsibilities, he is accountable for information technology, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been with the Group since 1995.

Jay-Ann Jacobs

BA LLB, LLM (UCT), Postgraduate Diploma: Environmental Law (UCT)

Group executive: Legal, Compliance and Group Company Secretary

Ms Jacobs practised as a corporate and commercial attorney for 12 years prior to joining Pioneer Foods in 2010. She spent time at Mallinicks Inc., thereafter joining Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc. as a director in Cape Town. She has been with the Group since 2011.

Martin Neethling

B Soc Sci (Economics, Politics, Bus Admin), MBA

Business executive: Groceries

Mr Neethling has extensive strategic marketing and management experience gained during a career spanning 30 years. During this time he held various directorships and senior management roles in the retail, advertising and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors. Most notably, he was previously the managing director of Berry Bush BBDO, marketing and financial services director at the Ackermans Group and chairman of Jay Jays. He joined Pioneer Foods in 2015 and served as chief marketing officer until 1 July 2017, following which he was appointed executive of the Groceries division. As an Associate at the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing, he has amassed significant insight and understanding of the South African consumer landscape. He joined the Group in October 2015.

Riaan Heyl

B Com (Hons), CA (SA)

Business executive: Essential Foods

Mr Heyl held financial management positions at both corporate and divisional level before being promoted to general manager of the Essential Foods’ Grains division in 2007. He was appointed as managing executive of the Bakeries business in 2013, and was responsible for the wheaten value chain of Essential Foods before his appointment as business executive: Essential Foods on 1 October 2017. He has been with the Group since 2000.


B Com (Financial Accounting), PGDip Development Finance

Group executive: Sustainability, CSI and Stakeholders

Mr Moloto has a strong financial background with over 10 years’ experience in the financial services sector, having begun his career at RMB Asset Management. He then moved to Standard Bank and, during his significant tenure there, was responsible for financial reporting and black economic empowerment lending, as well as for structuring corporate enterprise development lending schemes. Upon joining Pioneer Foods, his portfolio expanded to include CSI, enterprise and supplier development, sustainability and stakeholder management, in addition to managing the Pioneer Foods Education and Community Trust (“PFECT”). He joined the Group in May 2015, and the executive team in July 2017.


PhD (Chemical Engineering), MBA

Group executive: Supply Chain

Dr Goliath has a comprehensive background in chemical engineering, business management and strategy, with over 15 years’ senior management experience in various operational, supply chain and business roles. Twelve of those years were spent in the wine industry, in roles including product and process development, engineering, operations, sales and as group supply chain executive at KWV. He authored an environmental management guide for the wine sector during this time, which was underwritten by the Department of Water Affairs and other stakeholders for implementation. His career at Pioneer Foods includes general manager of strategic services, managing executive and supply chain executive for Essential Foods (Grains). He joined Pioneer Foods in June 2008 and was appointed to his current position on 01 October 2017.

Nandipha Ngumbela

B Arts (Communications and Psychology), Master of Business Leadership

Group executive: Human Resources

Nandipha Ngumbela has extensive experience as a Human Resources professional with a career spanning 20 years. She has occupied various senior roles at corporates including Old Mutual, Engen, Liberty Health, Chevron and Clicks. She has specialist capabilities in transformation and employment equity as well as talent and performance management.

Nandipha joined the Group in January 2018