Canaan (64) is a Lawyer by profession and a senior partner in a leading law firm, Dube, Manikai and Hwacha Legal Practitioners. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Trade and Investment Law. He is highly experienced in corporate leadership mandates and investment analysis at both national and international level. He serves as a director in a number of companies listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and is the Chairman of Delta Corporation Limited. “Canaan was appointed as a Director to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 August 2020 and subsequently as Independent Board Chairman with effect from 1 May 2021.
Chief Executive Officer
CIS, MBA, AMP.
Aiden (53) joined Hippo Valley Estates Ltd in November 1999 as Commercial Executive responsible for marketing and strategy. Over the years he has held various executive roles including being Procurement Director for Tongaat Hulett – Zimbabwe Operations from 2007 to 2012. Aiden further acquired valuable exposure to regional and global commercial dynamics as Team Leader of the Tongaat Hulett Strategic Sourcing Division, based in Durban from 2012 to 2014. On his return to Zimbabwe in October 2014, he was appointed Commercial Director and Operations Executive responsible for commercial, agricultural and manufacturing operations for Tongaat Hulett operations in Zimbabwe. Aiden was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 November 2018.
B. Com HONs (UNISA), CA (Zim), MBA
Owen Manasah (37) joined Hippo Valley Estates Ltd in October 2010 as Financial Planning Manager after leaving PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was an Audit Manager. In 2015 he was promoted to Financial Planning Executive before being appointed Finance Director in 2019. Owen was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 October 2019.
BCom Accounting (Honours)(Cum Laude), CA (SA)
Rob (38) is an experienced senior Financial Executive within Tongaat Hulett Limited and is currently the Chief Finance Officer. He is a qualified CA (SA) with 16 years’ experience, 11 of which have been in the sugar industry and within an organisation previously listed on the JSE. He is well qualified and has the necessary experience and understanding to fulfil this role effectively. He was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 February 2019.
Non-Executive Independent Director
B Comm (Hons)
Len (72) worked for Anglo American Corporation Services since 1972 and held various positions from clerical level to various company secretarial and treasury functions, comprising company administration, feasibility studies, business analysis and “trouble shooting” problem companies. He served as the Head of Treasury Department and rose to management and eventually director level. Len was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 January 1989.
B Comm, EDP, AEP
Robin (59) is an experienced former Chief Executive Officer of multi-beverage businesses, with 30 years’ experience in SABMiller, initially in commercial roles then transitioning into Managing Director of the East African businesses. Until recently he served as a non-executive director of The Beverage Company, a number two player in the soft drink sector after the recent acquisition of SoftBev. He was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 17 February 2021.
BCom Hons MBA
Simon (51) is an Executive Board level leader with extensive experience in operational delivery, change management and leadership across large and diverse organisations. He is currently the Managing Director of the Tongaat Hulett Sugar division. Highly driven, results oriented General Manager with a strong bias for action and outcomes. With over 25 years of FMCG experience, with the last 10 at a General Management / Regional Director level, gained whilst operating in multiple African countries. A strong track record in all forms of business from market entry to fully matured, wholly owned to third party relationships. At board level, adept at building relationships with a broad range of external and internal stakeholders, with vast board experience in multiple countries including previously being Chairman of 2 listed companies. Simon was appointed to the Hippo Valley Board on 29 July 2019.
Gavin (50) is an accomplished business executive with considerable experience in diverse and challenging markets within the alcoholic beverages industry. He is currently the Tongaat Hulett Limited Chief Executive Officer. He was previously the Beer Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Anadolu Efes, a company listed on the Turkish stock exchange. Prior to this, Gavin served as the Managing Director of Anadolu Efes’ beer businesses in Turkey and Russia and spent 26 years within SABMiller, holding senior roles both in South Africa and internationally.
He was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 August 2020.
B Acc (UZ), CA (Zim), FCMA
Ngoni (68) is the founding partner of the first locally owned firm of Chartered Accountants. He has been in public practice for over 35 years and is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe. He has served on a number of Boards of listed companies, parastatals and non-governmental organizations. Ngoni was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 26 March 2004.
BA honours in Industrial Relations, Government and Labour Law (University of Kent, UK), MDP (UNISA), Diploma Strategic Transformation (University of Stellenbosch Business School)
James (67) has 30 years working experience in the mining industry. He worked as Executive Director Human Resources at Zisco Steel – Zimbabwe and Managing Director at Anglo American Corporation – Zimbabwe from 2003 until 2006. James was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 19 May 2003.
BSc (Psych) & M. Phil (Industrial & Occupational Psychology, UZ);
Post Grad Qualification: Business & Finance – UCT, Emory, Wharton.
Rutenhuro (58) has extensive business and financial experience gained from working with some multinationals locally and in several other countries. He is the Managing Partner at Remoggo PCC (Mauritius), an investment holding firm with a portfolio of private equity investments in Zimbabwe and the Region. He is also a director in a number of companies listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange including OK Zimbabwe Limited and First Banking Corporation Holdings Limited. Rute was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 August 2020.
BSc (Eng.) Hons, University of Zimbabwe, 1989
MBA, University of Cape Town, 2003.
Godwin (55) is a versatile business executive with a strong corporate strategy, engineering, finance and analytical background. He is the Managing Director of Encorex (Pvt) Ltd, a South African company involved in bulk LPG supply, gas equipment and energy strategy consulting. He currently serves as an independent director of One Gas Resources (Pty) Ltd, a Zimbabwean entity that holds a 20% stake in Zimbabwe’s oil and gas industry. He has extensive international business development, valuation, mergers and acquisitions experience. Godwin was appointed to the Hippo Valley Estates Board on 1 August 2020.