Board and Management

Board and Management

Mr Jan Louw, B. Eng
Managing Director

Mr Louw is the Managing Director of Frontier Diamonds Limited.  He previously served as the Director of Operations at Firestone Diamonds Plc (AIM: FDI) with responsibility of managing all aspects of mining operations in South Africa and Botswana.  Mr Louw has extensive experience in planning, developing and managing large scale open cast and underground mining operations, having working in senior management positions for Anglo American for 16 years in South Africa and Namibia.  Mr Louw served as Mine Manager at Anglo American’s Namakwa Sands mining operation in South Africa. Mr Louw is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Mr Johan van Reenen, B.Sc (Hons), MBA

Mr van Reenen, is a co-founder and executive director of Imalivest Asset Management a project finance and asset management company.  He served as non-executive director on the board of Metropolitan Holdings since 2001 and following the merger with Momentum Holdings, he was appointed to the board of MMI Holdings Limited (JSE: MMI) in 2010.  He is a member of the risk, remuneration and investment sub-committees of the MMI Board.  He has a wealth of experience in investment banking, corporate finance and asset management, both in South Africa and internationally.

He is a past chairman of the University of the Free State Foundation and Trustee of the World Wild Life Foundation.  Mr van Reenen has spent the latter part of his corporate career as executive director of Gensec Limited and managing director of Gensec Asset Management.  Prior to becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Saniam Ltd in 2000, Gensec was one of the top 40 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  Gensec had, before delisting, approximately AU$ 18 billion of assets under management.

Mr van Reenen holds a B.Sc (Hons) (Geochemistry) degree from the University of the Free State and a MBA from the University of Stellenbosch.

Mr van Reenan is free from any business or other relationships that could materially interfere with, or reasonably be perceived to interfere with, the independent exercise of his judgement.  Mr van Reenen has no shareholding in the Company.

Mr Frank Petruzzelli, B.Bus (Acc), FNIA, FIPA
Executive Director

Mr Petruzzelli is a principal of MDB Taxation & Business Pty Ltd, an Australian accounting firm.  He is an accounting and management services specialist and advises ASX listed companies and large private organisations. Mr Petruzzelli has significant director experience in the resource industry, having previously been a director of ASX listed Orchard Petroleum Limited, Solimar Energy Limited and Mustang Resources Limited (ASX: MUS).  Mr Petruzzelli holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a Fellow of the National Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Mr Michael Addison, B.Sc (Eng), MPhil (Oxon). MAICD, FAIM
Non-Executive Director (Independent)

Mr Addison is an engineer with significant experience in large infrastructure systems design.  He also has considerable international corporate finance experience, having spent many years as an investment banker with three globally recognised investment banks.  Subsequent to transitioning into mainstream corporate managements in the early nineties, Mr Addison held a number of senior executive positions on the Board of publicly listed companies on each of the London, Johannesburg and Australian Securities Exchanges.

In these roles he developed deep expertise in the management and running of listed companies and an intimate working knowledge of the regulatory, legal and governance environments in which listed companies operate.

Mr Addison is a former Rhodes Scholar, has an Oxford University postgraduate degree in Management Studies, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Addison is currently the Managing Director of Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) and has previously been a director of Carabella Resources Limited and Stratum Metals Limited.

Key Management

Mr Marco Möller, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Möller is the Chief Financial Officer of the Group covering the strategic, operational and corporate matters. Mr Möller has over 15 years’ experience in diamond mining, mineral exploration and development projects, as well as export and cross border transaction in the energy sector.  He has served on various executive Boards that include as CEO and Director of Tango Mining Ltd (TSX: TGV), CEO of African Star Minerals and Group Finance Manager to Firestone Diamonds plc (AIM: FDL).  Mr Möller holds an MBA from University of Cape Town, and has completed the SAICA training with PWC.

Mr Chris Ritchie, B.Bus (Acc), Grad Dip Int Bus, FCPA, FGIA, FCIS
Company Secretary

Mr Ritchie is a CPA and corporate governance professional with over 25 years’ experience in ASX listed companies, both as a director and company secretary.  Mr Ritchie’s experience covers financial control, strategic planning, acquisitions and divestments and corporate governance.  Mr Ritchie holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Grad. Dip in International Business and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.         

Mr Jacques Cilliers
Commercial & Marketing Manager          

Mr Jacques Cilliers is the Executive Commercial Officer & Marketing Manager for Group. Mr Cilliers is currently responsible for the oversight and management of the gem diamonds trade, State Diamond Trader regulatory compliance, route to market and cross border transactions. Mr Cilliers held senior management positions with various South African banking institutions for more than 8 years before venturing out into the retail and wholesale sector as a Director and owner for 10 years.  Mr Cilliers holds various executive positions and business interests in diamond mining and engineering concerns and has a comprehensive understanding of the diamond trade environment.

Mr Martin van Zyl, MPH, B.Admin (Hons)
Legal and Compliance Manager – South Africa

Mr van Zyl is the Executive Legal and Compliance Officer for the Group.  Mr van Zyl has been previously been appointed in various executive positions with South African regulatory agencies that include Advisor to the Minister of Minerals and Energy and the Premier of the Northern Cape, Director-General of the Northern Cape Provincial Government and Head of Public Health at the Cape Town University of Technology.  He also served as a Director to various mining companies and trustee of trusts that served more than 27 rural communities. Mr van Zyl holds a Masters degree of Public Health from the Boston University (USA) and a hons B Admin (cum Laude) degree from the Stellenbosch University.