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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

CF Gonzaga (Chairman)
DJ Crosson
E Tsatsarolakis

Meets formally monthly to review detailed operating performance of the company and assess capital allocation proposals in line with the board mandate.

Comprises four executive directors and the group commercial executive, by invitation. The group CEO is the chairperson and the group CFO the deputy chairperson.

The executive committee comprises the group's executive directors. It is responsible for the daily running of the group and regularly reviews current operations in detail, and develops strategy and policy proposals for submission to the board.

The CEO liaises on a regular basis with the CFO and other directors, with regard to matters concerning the daily running of the group to be raised at the committee meetings. The executive committee, which also acts as an investment committee, meets at least once a month, assists the CEO with the performance of his duties, and is responsible for inter alia:

  • developing strategy, operational plans, policies, procedures and budgets for consideration by the board;
  • implementing the group's strategy;
  • carrying out the board's mandates and directives;
  • the operational activities of the Taste Holdings group;
  • monitoring operational and financial performance against set objectives;
  • executing Taste Holdings' compliance and disclosure obligations; and
  • deciding on capital allocation across the group, including replacement and investment capital, based on proposals submitted by the divisions in terms of the board-agreed investment mandate.

CARLO GONZAGA

CARLO GONZAGA

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CARLO GONZAGA (42)

CARLO FERDINANDO GONZAGA (42)

BSocSci,LLB

Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the executive and investment committee
Appointed: March 2000

Carlo completed a postgraduate LLB degree at the University of Natal after which he and his father, Luigi, owned four franchised pizza outlets in the Durban region. In 1999, Carlo sold his interests and commenced the groundwork to create a new pizza delivery concept which became Scooters Pizza in September 2000. Since 2000, Carlo has headed up the team that saw the evaluation of Scooters Pizza to the Taste Holdings businesses of today. In 2014, Carlo was inducted into the FASA Hall of Fame for Taste’s contribution to franchising in South Africa. Carlo guides the strategic direction of the company, its growth strategy and human capital development. He also chairs the executive and investment committees. Carlo also serves on the board of Endeavor SA, a non-profit organisation that supports high-impact entrepreneurs globally.

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EVAN TSATSAROLAKIS

EVAN TSATSAROLAKIS

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EVAN TSATSAROLAKIS (41)

EVANGELOS (EVAN) TSATSAROLAKIS (41)

CA(SA)

Chief Financial Officer
Member of the executive and investment committee
Member of the social, ethics and transformation committee
Appointed: September 2009

Evan qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001 after completing his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He left PwC and spent seven years with the JSE-listed Spur Group where he gained extensive experience within the food franchising industry having been exposed to the financial, operational and supply chain aspects of the business. He then served as Financial Director within a logistics group of companies. Evan joined Taste Holdings in April 2009 and was appointed to the board in September 2009 as Chief Financial Officer. Evan acts in a non-executive capacity to the management boards of the Food and Luxury Goods Divisions and is a member of the executive committee.

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DUNCAN CROSSON

DUNCAN CROSSON

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DUNCAN CROSSON (50)

DUNCAN JOHN CROSSON (50)

BCompt (Hons)

Chief Excecutive Officer – Luxury Goods Division
Member of the executive committee
Appointed: November 2000

Duncan obtained his BCompt (Hons) while serving articles with Morrison Murray in Durban. Duncan gained valuable experience in a manufacturing and distribution environment servicing the retail and fastmoving consumer goods industry. Duncan progressed to Chief Financial Officer and shareholder of the group of companies. Duncan joined Scooters Pizza in 2000 and has been a member of the board of directors of Scooters Pizza since 2001 and Taste Holdings Limited since inception. Duncan was appointed Chief Operating Officer of NWJ Fine Jewellery in September 2009 and subsequently, Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. Following the acquisition of Arthur Kaplan in December 2014, Duncan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Taste Holdings Luxury Goods Division. Duncan was appointed to the board of the Jewellery Council’s of South Africa in April 2011 and has served on the Jewellery Council’s executive committee from February 2012 to 2014. Duncan has been instrumental in the successful management and control of the significant growth of the group over the past 16 years. Duncan is a member of the executive committee and chairs the Luxury Goods Division management committee.

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