Key Management

Val Nichas

Chief executive officer

Val Nichas

(Age 58)

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Val Nichas

(Age 58)

Chief executive officer

Oxford Strategic Leadership Program – Said Business School – University of Oxford, Diploma in Public Relations and Franchise Management

Appointed January 2021

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.

Cristina Teixeira

Chief financial officer

Cristina Teixeira

(Age 48)

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Cristina Teixeira

(Age 48)

Chief financial officer

BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), AMP (Insead)

Appointed February 2021

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.

Kevin Robertson

Chief operations officer

Kevin Robertson

(Age 55)

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Kevin Robertson

(Age 55)

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.

Moshe Apleni

Transformation and corporate communications manager

Moshe Apleni

(Age 41)

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Moshe Apleni

(Age 41)

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.

Colleen Carr

Group human resources executive

Colleen Carr

(Age 54)

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Colleen Carr

(Age 54)

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.

Robin Charles

Group procurement executive

Robin Charles

(Age 47)

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Robin Charles

(Age 47)

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.

Blaine Freer

Group Development Executive

Blaine Freer

(Age 56)

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Blaine Freer

(Age 56)

Group Development Executive

23 years of service

Blaine has more than 20 years’ experience in restaurant development. He started his career at restaurant level in Spur, which has resulted in an extremely valuable combination of practical and strategic skills. He has strong commercial ability and established relationships with relevant developers in the industry, which assists with the successful national roll-out of restaurants.

Derick Koekemoer

Franchise executive – international

Derick Koekemoer

(Age 51)

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Derick Koekemoer

(Age 51)

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.