Executive & Senior Management

Edwin Ludick

Managing Director

Edwin Ludick

Professional background: Edwin joined Chemserve as a Human Resources Manager in 1991, was appointed to its Executive Committee in 2008 and to its Board in January 2010. He joined AECI’s Executive Committee later in 2010. Edwin has served as Managing Director at four companies in the specialty chemicals cluster and as Chairman of several others. He is currently also a member of the Specialty Chemicals Executive Committee. He has a BCom (Hons) degree from UNISA.

Rafael Fernandes

Executive Director: Finance

Professional background: B Com Hons Accounting (University of Pretoria), ACMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK), CA (Chartered Accountant, SA).
Role: To provide leadership through empowering of finance and IT employees, to deliver an environment to support the financial and management decision making process. Continuous monitoring and adoption of appropriate controls to ensure good corporate governance.

Wayne Du Chenne

Executive Director: Southern Africa

Wayne Du Chenne

Professional background: MBA, has experience on the ground in Africa and has a service orientation towards mining customers.
Role: Responsible for the Southern African footprint, heading up a portfolio comprising businesses servicing the surface and underground mining markets as well as industrial customers. Wayne’s portfolio also includes Mining Optimisation and Global Marketing & Communications.

Thinus Bierman

Executive: International

Thinus Bierman

Professional background: Witwatersrand School of Mines NHD Mining, Mining and Mineral Engineering; MDP, Business Administration and Management.
Role: Responsible for sustaining and continuing to establish a substantial business footprint within the EMEA, LATAM and Central Africa regions.

Paul Eagar

Executive: Operations

Paul Eagar

Professional background: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL).
Role: To develop and implement strategic plans to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the global AEL operations, initiating systems manufacturing and global analytics portfolios.

Thabo Nkoane

Executive: Human Capital

Liesel de Villiers

Professional background: BA in Law and Psychology, an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology and a Masters in Business Leadership.
Role: Responsible for the Human Capital portfolio for AEL.

Colin Wilson

Executive: Technical and Compliance

Professional background: Colin joined AEL in 1983 as an engineer-in-training and gained extensive experience in explosives manufacture, research, mining operations and business management.
Role: Colin’s experience in engineering, manufacturing, R&D and mining operations will ensure AEL complies to stringent standards in safety, health, environment and quality. His portfolio also includes Global Portfolio Management and Research & Development.

Denvor Govender

Executive: Supply Chain

Professional background: BCom in Supply Chain Management supplemented with post graduate qualifications in Business Management and Procurement & Supply Chain. EDP - Strategic Leadership at UCT and the AECI SMDP at GIBS. Certified International Supply Chain Professional (IPSMI) and holds a MBB in Lean Six Sigma (Japan).
Role: Responsible for AEL’s Global Supply Chain portfolio.