BRUCE HENDERSON
Chief Executive Officer
BA, LLB, MBA

Bruce started his career with the group over 20 years ago as General Manager of Eswatini Fruit Canners and later became the Managing Director of the Eswatini business. Bruce led the acquisition of Rhodes Fruit Farms and the resultant establishment of Rhodes Food Group in 1999.

TIAAN SCHOOMBIE
Chief Financial Officer
B Compt (Hons), CA (SA)

Tiaan has been chief financial officer of the group for the past 18 years. Prior to joining the group , Tiaan spent nine years at Deemster Foods in financial management and then later as the General Manager of Deemster Foods. Tiaan joined Rhodes Food Group in 2000.

CON COSTARAS
Managing Director: Fresh Foods
BSocSc (Hons), BCom (Hons)

Con joined the Group in 2001 as the General Manager of the Fresh Foods division. Prior to joining the company, he gained valuable experience in fresh prepared foods through running his own Durban-based restaurant, in addition to careers Halls and First Lifestyle, and commercial head for prepared foods at Woolworths.

JOB MPELE
Commercial Director
BA (Law), LLM, MBL

Job previously held the dual positions of head of human resources and head of commercial for Coca-Cola at the concentrate manufacturing facility in Eswatini. His commercial responsibilities included customer services, new product development and supply chain. In 2003 he joined Rhodes Food Group as human resources manager at the Eswatini operations and relocated to the group’s head office two years later. In 2010 Job was appointed as human resources director and was appointed to his current position in 2019.

PIETER HANEKOM
Managing Director: Long Life Foods
B Acc, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA)

After starting his career as an accountant with Distillers Corporation, Pieter spent several years at Pioneer Foods where he held various senior management positions. He was the managing director of Ceres Fruit Juices and later the executive responsible for the Ceres Beverage Company. He joined the group in 2015.

BERNADETTE LAKEY
Corporate Affairs Director
B Com, CA (SA)

Bernadette spent 15 years in financial management in the dairy industry. She joined the group in 2012 as a divisional financial manager, and moved to Corporate Affairs when the group listed in 2014. In 2018, Bernadette was also appointed as the company secretary of Rhodes Food Group Holdings Limited.

CHWAYITA MAREKA
Human Resources Director
N Dipl, MBA, CHRP

Chwayita has extensive human resources experience in senior management roles in large organisations. After working in human resources at Transnet and Coega Development Corporation she joined Engen in 2011. Chwayita held various human resources positions within Engen before being appointed as general manager: human resources in 2017. She joined RFG as group human resources director in July 2019 and is a member of the group’s executive committee.