Altrons leadership team

Meet our company’s leaders and see how they apply their diverse skills to build the businesses that move South Africa forward.

Werner Kapp

Group Chief Executive

Werner Kapp is a globally recognised leader in digital transformation and is passionate about technology's role in driving economic and social growth.

Before joining Altron, Werner was CEO of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. During his 22 years there, he served in various roles, from leading high-performing regions to steering the growth ambitions of Dimension Data's parent company, NTT.

But for Werner, being CEO of the Altron Group is about more than just leading South Africa's original technology brand; it's about demonstrating true corporate citizenship. It's also why he is a member of Altron's Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee.

Werner holds a law degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, a master’s degree in business leadership from the Unisa School of Business and a global leadership development certification from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Carel Snyman

Executive Director – Chief Financial Officer

Having joined the Altron Board in June 2023, Carel Snyman brings a wealth of enterprise-level financial experience to the leadership team and is integral in helping Altron achieve its growth ambitions.

Carel’s 20 years of experience includes his role as Chief Financial Officer at Naspers, MultiChoice Africa and, most recently, as the Chief Financial Officer at Aztomix Proprietary Limited, a company he co-founded.

Holding a BCom in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and a BCom in Accounting Honours from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Carel is also a qualified chartered accountant.

Dr Bongani Andy Mabaso

Group Chief Technology Officer

Dr Bongani Andy Mabaso leads Altron's Group-wide technology function together with product design and innovation strategy.

Andy, a qualified engineer, was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the State Information Technology Agency. Before that, he was Chief Information Officer: Digital and Customer Journeys at Standard Bank (Corporate and Investment Banking).

He also spent over a decade at Transnet Engineering, where he worked as a senior engineer, a principal engineer responsible for software design, and finally, the executive research manager.

Key aspects of his role are artificial intelligence and data analytics, and expanding the Group's platform ecosystem.

Andy has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pretoria.

Marisa Jansen van Vuuren

Altron Chief Marketing Officer

Building purpose-driven challenger brands is not easy, but luckily, Marisa Jansen van Vuuren is no stranger to building brands that punch above their weight.

Marisa has 20 years of experience building brands in the business-to-business sector, including as Senior Vice President for Marketing and Demand at Dimension Data. In this role, she contributed significantly to the company’s growth objectives and established robust alignment with the group’s parent company, NTT.

Marisa has successfully led seven major global brand integration programmes and earned several marketing awards for her work on the Tour de France, Red Bull Basement and Connected Conservation.

Collin Govender

Group Chief Operating Officer

Having first joined Altron as Group Executive for Shared Services, Collin Govender is known for his strategic and highly pragmatic approach to leadership and an innate ability to help others realise their full potential.

Instead of following a conventional route into enterprise IT, Collin entered the workforce with a Durban-based logistics company, where he was tasked with everything from running cables to building networks and developing code. He later moved to Johannesburg, where he spent 17 years at T-Systems, a German multinational IT services and consulting company.

Looking ahead, Collin is focused on connecting individuals with their purpose in the new digital environment and finding ways to align purpose with sustainable business practices.

Hansie Schutte

Altron Group Executive: Legal

Hansie Schutte brings a wealth of legal expertise to the Altron leadership team, with more than 30 years of corporate and commercial legal experience.

Hansie began his Altron career in 1991, where he held various positions at senior management and executive levels until 2001 when he left to pursue a career in legal counsel for the information and communication technology and mining industries.

But we just knew he’d be back. And in June 2011, he proved us right by rejoining Altech. When Altech was delisted, he moved to Altron’s legal department.

He is a past chairman of the Altron Young President’s Club, and in 2015, he won the Altron Chairman’s Distinguished Merit Award for his outstanding contribution to the company. Hansie holds a B Comm and an LLB and is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Mbali Ngcobo

Company Secretary

Compliance is an integral part of a successful business, and we are grateful to have someone as exceptional as Mbali Ngcobo to guide us.

Mbali is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa with many years of corporate law and company secretarial experience.

She has served in various capacities in listed companies, including Massmart, where she was the Legal Counsel-Company Secretarial Manager. Still, the lure of working for South Africa's original technology brand was too great, and we welcomed Mbali to the leadership team in November 2021.

Mbali holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Pretoria.

Werner Kapp

Group Chief Executive

Werner Kapp is a globally recognised leader in digital transformation and is passionate about technology's role in driving economic and social growth.

Before joining Altron, Werner was CEO of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. During his 22 years there, he served in various roles, from leading high-performing regions to steering the growth ambitions of Dimension Data's parent company, NTT.

But for Werner, being CEO of the Altron Group is about more than just leading South Africa's original technology brand; it's about demonstrating true corporate citizenship. It's also why he is a member of Altron's Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee.

Werner holds a law degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, a master’s degree in business leadership from the Unisa School of Business and a global leadership development certification from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Stewart van Graan

Chairman of the Board, Independent Non-Executive Director

Stewart joined Altron's Board in 2017 and assumed the Chairmanship in 2021.

He chairs the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. Stewart advises the South African Revenue Services and clearly understands our vision of technology's role in sustainable growth, as he previously held leadership roles at Dell, including managing director in South Africa and general manager for Africa.

His tenure at Dell culminated as vice president for the Enterprise Solutions business in EMEA Emerging Markets.

Before Dell, he spent 23 years at IBM in various roles globally. Stewart's advisory roles extend to the University of Stellenbosch Business School and the Christel House school.

His board memberships include Old Mutual Limited and Interfront. He holds a BCom (Hons) in Information Systems and a Programme for Management Development from the University of Cape Town.

Antony Ball

Non-Executive Director

Antony has been sharing his deep expertise with the Remuneration and Nomination committees on the Altron Board since 2017.

As co-founder of Brait (1990), South Africa’s premier private equity business, Antony played a vital role in building and growing the company.

In 2013, he transitioned to a non-executive position at Brait and exited because of governance commitments. In 2016, he co-founded Value Capital Partners, an engaged shareholder investment management firm currently an investor in Altron.

Antony holds a BCom Honours from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil in Management Studies from the University of Oxford.

Alupheli Sithebe

Independent Non-Executive Director

Alupheli joined the Altron Board in 2021 and guides us as a member of the Audit and Risk and Social, Ethics and Sustainability committees.

But it’s not just Altron that Alupheli guides – she is also the founder and managing director of Kamva Investments (Pty) Ltd.

She has held senior roles as a private markets investment professional at the Industrial Development Corporation and African Phoenix Investment Limited, where she was principal until 2020. Alupheli began her career with EY Johannesburg, where she completed her training to qualify as a chartered accountant. She also holds board memberships in Dis-Chem Pharmacies Limited and Metair Investments Limited.

Alupheli holds a BCom in Accounting from Rand Afrikaans University, a BCom Acc Honours from Unisa, and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Brett Dawson

Non-executive director of Altron

Brett has been a member of the Altron Board since 2017, and his keen insight and expertise make him an essential part of our Investment Committee.

He also offers invaluable insights based on his experience in several senior positions within Dimension Data, including 12 years as chief executive officer (2004 – 2016).

Brett has also held senior positions at Dimension Data North America and Internet Solutions. He holds a BAcc and a BCom from Wits University and is a qualified chartered accountant.

Carel Snyman

Executive Director – Chief Financial Officer

Having joined the Altron Board in June 2023, Carel Snyman brings a wealth of enterprise-level financial experience to the leadership team and is integral in helping Altron achieve its growth ambitions.

Carel’s 20 years of experience includes his role as Chief Financial Officer at Naspers, MultiChoice Africa and, most recently, as the Chief Financial Officer at Aztomix Proprietary Limited, a company he co-founded.

Holding a BCom in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and a BCom in Accounting Honours from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Carel is also a qualified chartered accountant.

Dr Phumla Mnganga

Independent Non-Executive Director

Phumla joined the Altron Board in 2017, and her unique skillset and passion for corporate citizenship eventually led her to be Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

With Phumla in a leadership position, Altron benefits from her more than 20 years of experience in implementing business development strategies.

She is the founder and Managing Director of Lehumo Women’s Investment Holdings, and her experience includes being Chairperson of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the past Chairperson of the Siyazisiza Trust.

She obtained her doctorate from Wits Business School and her Master of Business Leadership from Unisa.

However, her accolades don’t stop there, Phumla has a Doctor of Philosophy (Wits Business School), a Master’s in Business Leadership (Unisa); a Programme in Business Leadership (Unisa) a Bachelor of Education Psychology (University of KwaZulu-Natal), a Higher Diploma in Educational Guidance and Counselling (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Psychology (University of KwaZulu-Natal

Grant Gelink

Independent Non-Executive Director

Grant joined the Altron Board in July 2012 and is now the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Grant brings extensive experience from his time at Deloitte, spanning over 26 years, including positions of Chief Executive, Chief Executive Human Capital Corporation, Head of Consulting and Advisory Services, Partner-in-Charge (Pretoria office), National Head of Public Sector, and Partner.

Grant’s current board memberships include FirstRand Limited, Grindrod Limited, MTN Zakhele Futhi Limited and the Vumelana Advisory Fund.

He holds a BCom from the University of North Dakota, a BCom Honours and BCompt Honours from Unisa, and is a qualified chartered accountant.

Robbie Venter

Non-executive director of Altron

Robert joined the Altron Board in 1997 and now holds positions on the Nomination, Remuneration, and Investment committees.

We are also pleased to have Robert as a Social, Ethics, and Sustainability Committee member to drive our digital transformation and impact across South Africa.

Robert brings extensive senior management experience, including 27 years at the Altron Group. Before this, he worked in merchant banking in the United States, during which time he was a vice president of Bear Stearns and Co. Inc.

He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MBA from UCLA, for which he made the Dean’s List.

Sharoda Rapeti

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sharoda joined the Altron Board in 2021, and we are fortunate to have her as our Chairperson of the Social, Ethics, and Sustainability Committee and a member of the Audit, Risk, and Remuneration committees.

She brings over 30 years of leadership experience in several sectors, including technology, media, telecommunications (TMT), and financial services.

She is currently an Industry Advisory Board Member at Delta Partners, and before joining Delta Partners, she was a Director at Deloitte Africa.

Sharona was formerly the Vice President of the Engineering Council of South Africa and was a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Mercantile Bank and Cartrack Holdings Limited.

She holds a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Durban University of Technology and an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Wales.

Tapiwa Ngara

Non-Executive Director

Tapiwa joined the Altron Board in 2023, and we are excited to have him bring invaluable investment expertise to the position of Chairman of the Investment Committee.

He is an experienced investment banker and corporate finance professional with over 10 years of experience across public and private markets, including several years in Goldman Sachs’ EMEA Investment Banking Division in London, executing cross-border mergers, among other specialities.

Tapiwa is currently an investment director at Value Capital Partners and Sun International Limited’s Non-Executive Director. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) from the University of Cape Town, an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and is a qualified chartered accountant.