Omnia Holdings Limited - Change To The Board Of Directors Retirement And Appointment Of DirectorsRelease Date: 02/03/2017 17:47:00 Code(s): OMN
Omnia Holdings Limited
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration number 1967/003680/06)
Share code: OMN ISIN: ZAE000005153
(?Omnia? or ?the Company? or ?the Group?)
CHANGE TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ? RETIREMENT AND APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS
In compliance with paragraph 3.59 of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited (?JSE?), the board of
directors of Omnia (?the Board?) hereby advises its shareholders that Neville Crosse (64) will retire as non-
executive director and Chairman of the Board on 31 May 2017.
Neville holds a BSc. Chem. Eng. degree and an MBL and has served 40 years with the Group. He joined Omnia
in 1977 as a project engineer and has since served the Group in many capacities including Managing Director
Omnia Fertilizer (1985), Group Managing Director (1991) and recently as non-executive Chairman of the Board
(2000). During his tenure as Group Managing Director, he steered the Group through many milestones including
the acquisition of its mining division, now called BME, the construction of the state-of-the-art nitrogen complex at
Sasolburg and the establishment of Omnia Fertilizer?s first operations in Zimbabwe and Zambia. As Chairman of
the Board, he championed the creation and implementation of the Group?s two BBBEE employee share
ownership transactions in Sakhile I and II and the Group?s various other employee share schemes. He also
previously served as Chairman of the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (?CAIA?).
Shareholders are also hereby advised that Rod Humphris (59) will retire as Group Managing Director of the
Company effective 31 May 2017. The Board has approved his appointment as non-executive director and
Chairman of the Board with effect from 1 June 2017.
Rod holds a BSc. Chem. Eng. and a B Com degree, and he joined the Group in 1982 as a project engineer.
Having occupied various positions within the Group, he became Managing Director of Omnia Fertilizer in 1995
and Group Managing Director of the Company in 1999. During his tenure, and under his leadership, the Group
expanded its geographical footprint in Africa and into regions such as Australasia, South America and South
East Asia, acquired its Chemicals division in the form of Protea Chemicals and constructed its second nitric acid
plant, thereby becoming one of the largest producers of compound chemical fertilizers in Africa. He has also
served as President of the Fertilizer Society of South Africa and was recently appointed as Chairman of CAIA.
The Board has approved the appointment of Adriaan de Lange (41) as Group Managing Director of the
Company and as executive director of the Board with effect from 1 June 2017.
Adriaan holds a B. Compt. Honours degree and is a Chartered Accountant. He joined the Group in 2003 as
financial controller for BME and was promoted to Financial Manager, where he played an important part in
developing and implementing the mining division?s business strategy. In 2007 he was transferred to Omnia
Fertilizer as Financial Manager and was soon thereafter promoted to Financial Director of Omnia Fertilizer. He
thereafter held various positions in Omnia Fertilizer, including the position of Director: Supply Chain, before he
was appointed as Managing Director of Omnia Fertilizer: RSA in 2012, which position he still holds. He is
currently the Chairman of the Fertilizer Association of Southern Africa (FERTASA).
He will be working closely with Rod to ensure a smooth handover of the business and Rod will continue to
provide guidance and leadership to the management and the Group in his new role as Chairman of the Board.
The Board thanks Neville for his many years of dedicated service to the Company and the Group, and wishes
him well on his retirement. The Board also thanks Rod for his years of leadership as Group Managing Director,
and welcomes him as Chairman of the Board. The Board further welcomes Adriaan as Group Managing
Director and executive director, and looks forward to working with him in his new role.
2 March 2017
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