Board of directors

Mpho Makwana - Chairman

BAdmin (Honours), Post-Grad Dip (Retailing Management)    

Mpho is an accomplished business leader with diverse experiences spanning a period of more than 25 years in executive and C-Suite roles in the public and private sectors. He is currently Independent Non-Executive Chairman of JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited and also serves an Independent Non-Executive Director on the boards of JSE listed companies such as Adcock Ingram Holdings Ltd (AIHLF.PK), Nedbank Group Ltd (NDBKF.PK), Nedbank Ltd and Sephaku Holdings Limited (SEPJ.J).      


David Clarke- Director

PhD and MA in Physics (Princeton University), Sc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics from the (University of Western Australia)

Mr Clarke is Vice President of ArcelorMittal Holdings, and serves as Head of Strategy and Chief Technology Officer of ArcelorMittal. He holds a PhD and MA in physics from Princeton University where he was a Fulbright Fellow and a Hackett Scholar, and he also has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Western Australia.


Henri Blaffart - Director

Civil Engineer in Belgium, Masters Degree in General Management from the Ecole d'Entreprise pour le Perfectionnement au Management in Belgium.

Mr Henri Blaffart joined ArcelorMittal in 1982, is an Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the ArcelorMittal Group joined the Group in 1982. He has been Director of Strategy and R&D in ArcelorMittal in Liege, CEO of ArcelorMittal Lorraine in France; and Head of HR in the Flat Carbon Europe Segment. In addition to his responsibilities on the Group Management Committee, Mr Blaffart is also Head of Shared Services across the Group.

Jacob Modise - Director

BCom (University of the Witwatersrand), B Acc (University of the Witwatersrand), CA(SA), MBA (WBS), AMP (Harvard)

Appointed Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2013. Has served on the boards of various professional organisations including the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). He has served on a number of JSE listed boards such MTN, Altron and Eskom.


Nomavuso Patience Mnxasana - Director

BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Appointed Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2013. She has served as Group Audit and Risk Head at Imperial Holdings Limited and currently serves on the following JSE listed boards: Winhold, Nedbank and JSE. Nomavuso will serve as a member on the following committees of ArcelorMittal South Africa’s board: audit and risk committee and safety, health and environment committee.


Neville Nicolau - Non-executive Director

Mr Nicolau holds a BTech in Mining Engineering from the University of Johannesburg and an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. He is currently the CEO of Basil Read Holdings and has a long history at Anglo American at which he was the COO and executive director of Anglo Gold Ashanti, he was also the CEO at Anglo American Platinum. He has over 35 years working experience in the mining sector which includes holding various technical, management and executive positions.


Lungile Cele - Non executive Director

Ms Cele holds a BCom degree from the University of Fort Hare and various post-graduate tax qualifications from the University of Natal, including a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) degree. She is the founder and was the Chief Executive of Tax Solutions CC prior to its merger with Garach and Garach Accountants in 2011. Ms Cele currently holds various board memberships, including Hulamin Limited. She brings a wealth of commercial and tax expertise to the Board.

Lumkile Mondi - Non-executive Director

MA Economics (Eastern Illinois University), BCom Hons Economics (University of the Witwatersrand). 

Appointed Non-Executive Director of ArcelorMittal South Africa on 11 May 2007. He is Chief Economist of the Industrial Development Corporation. Director of companies, including Yard Capital, Incwala Resources, KWV, Ucingo, Giri Investment, G10 and Antares.


Noluthando Gosa - Non-executive Director

MBA (University of New Brunswick, Canada), BA Hons (Commns) (University of Fort Hare)

Ms Gosa was a member of the National Planning Commission that crafted the National Development Plan and Vision 2030. She holds an MBA from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, a BA Hons (Commns)from the University of Fort Hare and several other post-graduation qualifications in business administration. Before her entrepreneurial interests which started in 2004, Ms Gosa was a sell side Investment Analyst with Investec Bank. Prior to investment banking, she was one of the founding regulators of the then SA Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (now ICASA).


Ramesh Kothari - Non-executive Director

Chartered Accountant degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr Kothari is a General Manager within the ArcelorMittal Group and is the current Chief Financial Officer for the ACIS region. He has over 19 years of working experience in various industries and has held key executive finance roles.

Wim de Klerk - Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of ArcelorMittal

BAcc degree (honours) University of Pretoria, Executive Management Diploma (Darden), Strategic Marketing Diploma (Harvard),CA(SA).

Wim de Klerk is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years working experience, including expertise in auditing, tax, steel and mining. He spent the last 18 years in various general management positions at Iscor, Kumba Resources and Exxaro Resources.  Prior to joining ArcelorMittal South Africa he held the position of Finance Director and Executive Director at Exxaro.  
His previous positions include Executive General Manager: Mineral Sands and Base Metals at Exxaro, General Manager: Heavy Minerals at Kumba Resources, Group General Manager: Strategy and Continuous Improvement at Iscor, Director: Counter Trade and International Transaction Structuring at Denel, Manager:  Tax and Corporate Finance at Armscor, Senior Tax Inspector at the SARS and Audit Manager and Article Clerk at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Dean Subramanian - Chief Financial Officer

BCom, Hons Accounting (University of South Africa ) CA (SA)

Dean held the position of Finance Director in Aveng Steel, an Operating group of Aveng Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Aveng Steel is a large steel service centre in South Africa with branches in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dean has worked for the Aveng group for 16 years and has also worked both in the construction and manufacturing divisions of Aveng. Prior to that, Dean held several positions in the banking, airline and property industry and was the group CFO for JHI with a property asset management company. Dean served his articles at Ernest & Young in Johannesburg where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant; he was also seconded by Ernest & Young to New York.


Werner Venter- Chief Technology Officer

Werner joined the company in 1987 as a Bursary holder and then Engineer in training at Vanderbijlpark Works. He has held various engineer and senior engineer positions within Vanderbijlpark Works. Since 2000 Werner held several managerial positions in the Hot Rolling area. On 1 January 2011 he was appointed as Works Manager Hot Rolling.


Alph Ngapo - Chief Marketing Officer

BAcc Sciences, Hons Accounting Sciences, MBA

Prior to his appointment at ArcelorMittal South Africa, Alph was employed by the Aveng Group Limited, a leading Infrastructure development company listed company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange where he held the positions of Group Executive: Africa; Managing Director, Aveng Trident Steel; Acting MD Steeledale and Group Senior Executive respectively.

In his career, Alph also occupied various senior positions in a number of industries which among others include Steel, Petrochemical, Packaging, FMCG and Transport. He has in the process acquired vast experience in the areas of Operations, Commercial & Finance and General Management. His previous non-executive directorships include among others, Hwange Colliery (Zimbabwe), BP Mozambique Limitada (BoardChairman), Vesco, Collect-A-Can and Masana Petroleum.  He was the Vice President and non-Executive director of Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) and currently an Executive Director at Parc Randon Gas (Pty) Ltd and AM6 Chemicals and Supplies (Pty) Ltd.


Willem Nel - General Manager: Procurement & Logistics

Degree in Economics, Master's degree in Commercial Law (University of Pretoria) and an MBA (Bond University in Australia)

Joined the Group in 2004 as Manager, Treasury and Risk Management of ArcelorMittal South Africa. Previously Willem held the position of Treasurer - Australian Operations for BHP Billiton in Australia. He was also Chief Financial Market Analyst at ABSA Bank in South Africa. In 2008 he moved to Paris to take up the role as Head of Middle Office of ArcelorMittal Group Treasury.


Rosh Bardien - General Manager: Human Resources & Transformation

BComm degree (Hons)

Rosh Bardien has almost 20 years working experience in the field of Human Resources, Community Relations and Corporate Affairs. She has spent the last 14 years in various senior Human Resources positions in the mining industry. She is the former HR Director for London Mining a UK listed company with operations in South America, West Africa, Saudi Arabia and Greenland. Prior to that, she served as the Group General Manager: Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Riversdale Mining an Australian listed company.

Rosh was a member of the Board of Riversdale Anthracite and served as an Executive Committee member for Riversdale Mozambique Limitada. She has diverse international human capital management and employment relations experience having operated in remote locations globally.

She has various in house leadership development programmes. In addition, she has an active interest in humanitarian causes and supports various charities and initiatives promoting female education and curbing global health disasters.


Henri-Pierre Orsoni – General Manager : Vanderbijlpark Works

Henri-Pierre joined Sollac Méditerranée in Fos in October 1981 as an Engineer. In 1995, he became responsible for the Metallurgy Department. In May 2000, he moved to Dunkerque, where he was Manager of the steel plant. In October 2005, he was appointed Technical Director. In 2008, he became Head of Dunkerque plant, and then later became Chief Executive Officer of Atlantique. In 2012, he became Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal Atlantique and Lorraine. Since October 2014 Henri-Pierre was appointed VP Strategic Projects ArcelorMittal Europe, Flat Products. Henri-Pierre is a graduate of École Centrale Paris, France.


Gerald Gadd - General Manager: Long Steel Products

BEng (Industrial)MDP, Theory of Constraints

Joined ArcelorMittal South Africa in Newcastle in 1976 as an Engineering Bursar. He held several management positions within the Newcastle Works including Manager, Industrial Engineering; Manager, Materials Handling; Divisional Manager, Industrial Engineering and Departmental Head of Engineering. In the course of his career he also spent 3 years at the then ISCOR Sishen Iron Ore mine and 3 years at Hlobane Colliery, before returning to Newcastle Works in 1992.


Richard Holcroft - General Manager: Saldanha Works

BSc (Computer Science), National higher diploma in Electronic Engineering

Appointed as General Manager, Saldanha Works from 15 August 2013. He joined ArcelorMittal South Africa in 1984. He has previously occupied a number of key management positions including Plant Manager, Iron Making at Saldanha Works and was intimately involved in the implementation of Saldanha’s WCM project.


Francois Bezuidenhout - Group Manager: Health, Safety & Wellness & Pretoria Works

BSc (Engineering) and MBA

Joined the company in September 1998. He assumed responsibility for the corporate Health and Safety portfolio at ArcelorMittal South Africa on 1 August 2013 , in addition to his current role as Divisional Manager, Pretoria Works. Previously he was Plant Manager, Infrastructure at Vanderbijlpark Works from January 2000 to September 2010. He holds a BSc Engineering degree and an MBA.


Abe Grootboom - General Manager: Coke & Chemicals

BSc (Hons) Chemistry (Drew University, New Jersey, USA)

Appointed as General Manager, ArcelorMittal Coke & Chemicals, from 1 June 2011. Previously Manager, Sales and Distribution at ArcelorMittal Coke & Chemicals. Joined ArcelorMittal South Africa in 2004 as Manager, By-Products. His career spans a number of functions from quality assurance to sales and marketing in different industries.


Charlton Witcher - Deputy General Manager, Long Steel Products

CTW Whitcher, Deputy General Manager Long Steel Products, BSC Electrical Engineering, MBA, GCC, Pr Eng.

Joined ArcelorMittal in August 1998 as a graduate engineer. He served as Maintenance Manager Coke Making, Production Manager Coke Making and Plant Manager Coke Making before been appointed as Group Manager Tubular Products in 2012. In 2014 he was appointed as Group Manager Vereeniging Works. When the Vereeniging and Newcastle Works combined to form one Long Steel Products business unit in 2015, he was appointed as Deputy General Manager of the newly formed BU.


Hennie Mey - Group Manager: Information Management


Hennie joined ArcelorMittal South Africa in 1992 in the Automation department. He has held various management position and was part of the Saldanha Steel greenfield project team. Hennie is now appointed as Group Manager, Information Management.            


Adinda Louw - Group Manager: Internal Assurance

BCom Accounting (Potchefstroom University), MAP (University of the Witwatersrand) EDP (Kellogg), MBA (North West University).

Joined ArcelorMittal South Africa in August 1993. She has held a number of managerial positions before being appointed as Group Manager, Internal Assurance, in 2008. Completed her articles at KPMG.


Mohamed Adam - General Counsel and Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs


BA Law (University of Durban Westville), LLB (University of the Witwatersrand), LLM in International Trade Law (University of Essex - UK)

Joined ArcelorMittal South Africa in February 2015. Previously held various professional and management positions in Eskom.


Cobus Muller - Group Manager: Operations, Gauteng

B. Eng (Electrical), Government Certificate of Competency

Joined ArcelorMittal South Africa, formally known as Iscor in 1984 as an Engineering bursar. During his career he held several positions at Vereeniging Works, Tubular products and Vanderbijlpark Works including Maintenance Manager Vaal Meltshop, Plant Manager Vaal Rolling Mills, General Manager Tubular Products and Works Manager Hot Rolling. He was appointed as Group Manager Tubular Products on 1 September 2014.


Siegfried Spänig - Group Manager: Environment

BSc (Chemistry), HED, MDP

Joined ArcelorMittal South Africa, formally known as Iscor in 1996 to oversee environmental management at Saldanha Steel during the start-up and early phase of the plant. Appointed in 2006 as Manager, Environment, within the corporate Safety, Health and Environment department was appointed as Group Manager, Environment in 2008.