Astral Foods
Executive Committee

Christiaan Ernst Schutte (58)

Chief Executive Officer Appointed as director of Astral Operations Limited in November 2006

Started career as Assistant Farm Manager in 1984 at Golden Lay Farms, a division of Tiger Brands. After 18 years with this group, joined Astral Foods Limited in 2002 as Manager of retail sales for Meadow Feeds.

Appointed as Managing Director for the Animal Feeds division in July 2004 before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Astral Foods Limited in 2009.

Daniel Dirk Ferreira (62)

Chief Financial Officer Appointed as a director of Astral Operations Limited in May 2009

Held various positions in operational financial management, tax management, project management before joining Astral Foods as Group Financial Manager in 2001

Gary Desmond Arnold (46)

Managing Director: Agriculture Appointed as director of Astral Operations Limited in November 2010

Holds a Master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Natal. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand which he completed in 2005. Gary is a registered Professional Animal Scientist. Appointed as Managing Director of Nutec on 1 August 2004, and later as Chief Operating Officer for the Meadow division’s Western Cape operations on 1 January 2006. On 1 March 2012 appointed as the Business Development Director for Astral Foods.

Andy Crocker (47)

Managing Director: Commercial Division Appointed as director of Astral Operations Limited in March 2012

Having previously farmed in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, he joined Meadow Feeds as a Technical Advisor in 1998 as part of the team that established the Eastern Cape operations. He holds a BSc Agriculture degree from the University of Natal and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Henley Management College, UK, and is a Registered Professional Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. In 2000 he became the Technical Support Manager for the Eastern Cape before moving to Meadow Paarl as Sales Manager in 2002. Originally appointed as General Manager of the Port Elizabeth mill in March 2005 he became Chief Operating Officer of the Eastern Cape region in July 2006 before heading the formation of the Cape Region in November 2010 as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Paarl, Ladismith and Port Elizabeth operations. He was appointed as Managing Director of Meadow Feeds in February 2012.

Michael Schmitz (57)

Managing Director: Feed Appointed General Manager of Meadow Feeds Randfontein in 1999.

Has been employed in the Astral group for more than 30 years. Started his career in 1987 with Coopers Animal Health as a Research Scientist and joined Meadow Feeds nine months later as Technical Advisor. In 1999 he became the General Manager of Meadow Feeds Randfontein. He was appointed as Chief Operations Officer of Meadow Feeds Pietermaritzburg in 2005. a position he held until 2017 when he was promoted to his current position as head of the Feed division.

Nikki Moodley (48)

Operations Improvement Executive She joined Astral in January 2016.

Nikki has more than 20 years' experience across different disciplines including operations management, food safety and quality,environmental, health and safety, risk management, continuous improvement and supply chain management. She joined Astral in January 2016.

Obed Lukhele (43)

Group Veterinary Director Appointed: May 2007

Obtained his veterinary degree from the Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa) and an honours degree in entomology from Pretoria University. Spent six years in veterinary pharmaceutical industry as Poultry Technical and Export Manager from 2001 to 2007. During mid-2007, joined Astral group as Veterinary Technical Manager and two years later was appointed as Group Veterinary Director.

Faan Greyling (66)

Agriculture Executive Appointed as a Technical Manager for Earlybird Farm in 1979

Started his career as State Veterinarian in 1976 and joined Earlybird Farm in 1979 as Technical Manager. In the years that followed, he held various positions within the Astral group including Manager: Production where he was accountable for all farms' production in the Standerton area, to being the regional Chief Operating Officer accountable for the total Festive and Goldi operations.

Evert Potgieter (48)

Director: Risk Management Appointed as a director of Astral Operations Limited in December 2015

After the completion of his B.Compt. degree and articles and a two-year period as an audit manager at an auditing firm, joined the Altron Group in 1997 in the internal audit department. During his time at Altron obtained his Certified Internal Audit certification and was promoted to deputy internal audit manager, a position he held for five years before joining the Astral group in 2006 as internal audit manager. Current responsibilities include internal audit, risk, insurance and information technology for the Astral group.

Gerhard Pretorius (42)

Nutrition Executive Appointed the Nutritional Manager in the Agricultural Division in 2015.

Started his career as Assistant Nutritionist at Meadow Feeds in Ran dfontein in 1999 and in 2004 he was promoted to the position of Technical Assistant: Pigs and Poultry. In 2006 he was appointed as Technical Manager: Pigs and Format. In 2010 he was promoted to the position of Nutritional Manager: Pigs and Poultry of the Feed Division and in 2015 he became the Nutritional Manager Poultry in the Agricultural Division.

Anil Rambally (46)

Executive Manager: Sustainability and Preferential Purchasing Appointed: February 2001

Started career in 1992 as a Despatch Clerk at Alpha Stone and Readymix (now Afrisam). Joined Nutec in 1999 and progressed through the ranks. Appointed as Executive Manager: Preferential Purchasing in February 2010 and Executive Manager: Sustainability and Preferential Purchasing in December 2010.

Colin Smith (57)

Marketing Executive The head of the Marketing Division of Astral.

Started his career in sales and marketing in 1982 as a Sales Representative and worked his way up into management roles in various blue chip companies such as Unilever, Gilbeys, Cadbury and Tiger Brands in the fast moving goods industry. During this time he has held various executive and directorship roles including Managing Director of DBG, a leading national liquor distributor from 2008 to 2011, when he joined Astral as Chief Operating Officer of Festive. Currently he is the head of the Marketing Division of Astral.

Daniel Tshabalala (66)

Industrial Relations Executive

Daniel started his career as a Teacher after which he joined Earlybird as a Training Instructor. Later he became the Human Resources Officer and gained experience dealing with trade unions and strikes. He has attended to more than 1 000 arbitration cases and has more than 25 years' experience in an unionised environment.

Louis Vermaas (46)

Sales Executive

Started his career with Earlybird in 1994 in the sales department. In 2004 he joined Merlog Foods, a meat trading company as a partner. In 2009 he joined Afgri Poultry as Sales and Marketing Director before returning Astral in 2012. He currently holds the position of Sales Executive in the group.

Gerrit Visser (60)

Processing Executive Appointed Chief Operating Officer of County Fair in 2008.

He has more than 30 years' experience in the poultry industry. He joined County Fair in 1989 as an Industrial Engineering Technician after being involved in a training and development consultancy for six years. In 1990 he was appointed as the Operational Manager Primary Processing. Various positions followed and he was appointed as Deputy Managing Director at County Fair in 2002 and as Chief Operating Officer of County Fair in 2008.