Directors

Management board Supervisory board
Markus Jooste (55)

BAcc, CA(SA)

Group chief executive officer

Markus is the chief executive officer of Steinhoff International and was appointed to the board in 1998.

In 1988, Markus joined Gommagomma Holdings Proprietary Limited (now Steinhoff Africa Holdings Proprietary Limited) as financial director. In 1998, Markus was appointed as executive director and took responsibility for the European operations of the group and also for directing the group’s international marketing and financial disciplines. In 2000, Markus was appointed group managing director of Steinhoff International and chairman of Steinhoff Africa and currently also acts as chief executive officer for the group’s northern hemisphere operations. Subsequent to the group’s acquisition of Conforama Holdings S.A., one of the leading French household goods retailers, Markus joined their board. Markus also serves on the boards of various unlisted group companies and the following listed companies: PSG Group Limited (member of the remuneration committee), KAP Industrial Holdings Limited, JD Group Limited (member of the remuneration committee) and Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited (member of the remuneration committee).

Danie van der Merwe (58)

BCom, LLB

Group chief operating officer

Danie is the chief operating officer of Steinhoff and was appointed to the Steinhoff International board in 1999.

He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1986 and practised as an attorney specialising in the commercial and labour law fields. In 1990, Danie joined the Roadway Transport Group and was instrumental in developing the strategic direction and growth of this group. In early 1998, following the merger of Roadway Transport Group with Steinhoff Africa, Danie joined the Steinhoff group. He previously acted as chief executive officer for Steinhoff’s southern hemisphere operations and was appointed to his current position as chief operating officer on 5 March 2013. Danie holds several other appointments within the group and currently serves on the boards of Steinhoff Asia Pacific Limited, Steinhoff UK Holdings Limited, JD Group Limited and KAP Industrial Holdings Limited (member of the human resources and remuneration and the nomination committees).

Ben la Grange (42)

BCom (Law), CA(SA)

Group chief financial officer

Ben is the chief financial officer of the Steinhoff Group.

Ben completed his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. and spent two and a half years in their international and corporate tax division. He joined Steinhoff in 2003 as manager of the corporate tax division, whereafter he moved to the Steinhoff corporate finance division before his appointment as chief financial officer for the group’s southern hemisphere operations. In 2009, Ben was appointed as an alternate director to the Steinhoff International board and was appointed to his current position as chief financial officer on 5 March 2013. He also serves on the boards of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited and JD Group Limited and is an alternate director of PSG Group Limited.