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Directorate and administration
Giovanni Ravazzotti (64)
Founder, in 1969, of the Italtile Group and Chairman of Ceramic Industries Limited.
Gian-Paolo Ravazzotti (36)
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed to the Board in October 2004.
Gian-Paolo was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2006.
Peter Swatton (49) – British
BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)
Chief Financial Officer
Joined the Company 1988. Appointed to the Board in 1992.
Peter was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 1992.
He has had 19 years’ service with Italtile during which time he was Chief Executive Officer for two and a half years.
John Couzis (54) – Greek
Non-executive Director
Appointed to the Board 1988.
John retired as Chief Executive Officer of Italtile in 2001, a position he held since 1992, to become a non-executive director. John has had 24 years’ experience in the ceramic tile industry and previously held various positions in the IT field.
Siyabonga Gama (40)
BCom (Hons), AEP, CAIB(SA)
Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed to the Board 2004.
Siyabonga was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Ports Authority of South Africa, the Chairman of the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa and serves on the Board of the International Association of Ports and Harbours. During 2005 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Spoornet.
Derek Rabin (57)
Dip Law
Non-executive Director
Appointed to the Board in 1990 and appointed as Chairman in December 2004. Relinquished role of Chairman effective 1 July 2006.
Admitted as an attorney of the High Courts of the Republic of South Africa and Lesotho, Derek has held directorships in several companies and served as Chairman of Honeywell Southern Africa (Pty) Limited for many years. He was previously a partner at Godfrey Rabin and Partners Attorneys, Werksmans and a founding partner of Rabin, Van den Berg and Pelkowitz whose corporate advisory business was sold to Brait S.A. in 2000. Derek served on the main Board of Brait and as Chairman of Brait’s advisory division until the formation of Derek H Rabin & Associates in July 2003.
S I Gama
J Couzis
P D Swatton *
* By invitation
D H Rabin (Chairman)
G A M Ravazzotti
Pierre Langenhoven (38)
Chief Operating Officer (Australia)
Wouter van der Merwe (39)
NDip (Property Development and Housing Management)
Manager – Property division