Chief executive officer
Oxford Strategic Leadership Program – Said Business School – University of Oxford, Diploma in Public Relations and Franchise Management
Appointed January 2021
1 year of service
Val is a highly experienced strategist and leader, who has extensive experience in the restaurant sector and was formerly managing executive of franchise brands Wimpy and Steers at Famous Brands.
Starting her career in marketing and advertising, she has served as marketing director of Edgars between 1994 and 1998, senior vice president of multinational food company, Rich Products Corporation, and managing director of Tequila Advertising. She has also consulted to Nando’s Chickenland and was one of the leaders of the Nando’s advertising account team while at TBWA.
Val joined Famous Brands in 1999 as marketing director of Debonairs Pizza and later served as managing executive of Wimpy (then 506 restaurants) and Steers (then 492 restaurants) before her appointment as head of QSR Brands. Val has run her own consulting business for the past eight years, specialising in business strategy and planning. Her consulting clients have included companies in the healthcare, agricultural, fashion and food sectors.
Chief financial officer
BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), AMP (Insead)
Appointed February 2021
1 year of service
Cristina has 12 years’ experience as a CFO in listed companies and was voted Businesswoman of the Year (corporate category) by the Businesswomen’s Association of SA in 2013. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, she joined Group Five and was appointed as CFO in 2008. Cristina has led finance teams that have been consistently recognised in the Investment Analysts Society annual awards for reporting and disclosure, and in the Institute of Chartered Secretaries/JSE reporting awards.
Chief operations officer
Appointed as a director in October 2020
- Member of the risk committee
- Member of the social, ethics and environmental sustainability committee
Kevin has been with the group for 30 years. He started as an OPS Manager in Spur JHB, and was soon promoted to a Regional Manager in KZN. Kevin also assisted the group in both the development and operations of our international arm in Mauritius, Australia and the UK. Kevin was appointed managing director of Panarottis Pizza Pasta in 1999. In 2011 he was appointed as the national franchise executive. Kevin was appointed chief operating officer of Spur Steak Ranches in 2018. He was appointed as group chief operations officer with effect from 15 October 2020.
Transformation and corporate communications manager
Chairman of Spur Foundation Trust
4 years of service
Moshe has a background in communications and marketing, with a strong focus on building effective stakeholder relationships. He is closely involved in the ongoing development of an inclusive culture across the organisation. This track record resulted in him becoming one of only 20 African leaders chosen to attend an ethics leadership conference in Germany in 2018. His passion for effective change has resulted in his role being expanded to include transformation, as well as the chairmanship of the Spur Foundation Trust.
Group human resources executive
5 months of service
Colleen has a strong track record in successful change management. Her transformational leadership abilities have allowed her to significantly shift the culture of organisations and create agile companies that remain relevant in a fast-changing world. These skills are crucial to the group in its strategic journey of making a meaningful impact on its employees and the broader market.
Group procurement executive
National diploma in food technology – Cape Technikon
13 years of service
As a food technologist, Robin understands food and successful product development. He has more than 20 years’ experience in quality assurance roles, food safety systems and legislative requirements. He has particular skills in creating production efficiencies and product re-engineering initiatives. These are particularly important skills in a franchise model offering, especially in the current volatile market conditions.
Chief Marketing Officer
Appointed May 2022
Vuyo is a seasoned business leader with over ten years of experience in marketing, locally and globally, in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. Vuyo is a highly skilled, forward-thinking marketing specialist who has the ability to inspire teams and collaborate with them to build leading brands. In her recent position, Vuyo worked for Unilever on their largest food brand, where she was accountable for driving innovation and breakthrough communication development.
Franchise executive – international
Diploma in business and financial management
25 years of service
Derick is a seasoned senior operator in the restaurant sector. His more than 20 years of knowledge of the group’s operations through various roles adds particular value. He has more than ten years’ track record in the international division, with a clear understanding of the dynamics of different global markets.
His guidance has resulted in a footprint of 85 international restaurants.