1 | Hassen Adams (62)

Executive Chairman
Appointed 11 February 2011

HDip Civil Engineering (PenTech), PrTech Eng.

Hassen, an engineer by profession, has been instrumental in establishing a number of successful businesses, most importantly, GPI, which he co-founded.

In addition to being the Executive Chairman of GPI, Hassen is the non-executive chairman of BURGER KING® South Africa (Pty) Ltd (BKSA) and of SunWest; the chairman of GPI’s Investment Committee and serves on the Board’s Social and Ethics Committee in an executive capacity. He holds directorships in diverse industries including construction, gaming, shipping, entertainment and leisure, and he has extensive experience in corporate finance.

3 | Alexander Abercrombie (63)

Executive Director Gambling Operations
Appointed 11 June 2012

AttAdmDipl (UWC), PgD (Company Law) (Stell), Cert (Sports Law) (UCT)

Alex is an attorney and was previously a director at DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He has been a non-executive director on the GPI Board since inception. Alex is responsible for the implementation of strategy in the Slots Group and on 11 June 2012, he was appointed as the Executive Director responsible for the GPI Group’s gambling operations.

Alex is also a director of the Grand Gaming Corporate Social Investment Company and a member of the Board’s Investment Committee and Social and Ethics Committee.

2 | Alan Edward Keet (46)

Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 10 April 2012

BCompt (Hons) (Unisa), CA(SA)

Alan is a chartered accountant by profession. He joined the Group in April 2012 as Chief Executive Officer, prior to which he was the chief executive officer of Nolands Cape Town and Nolands South Africa, where he served his articles and subsequently became a partner in 1998. During his time at Nolands he served on several boards gaining experience in a variety of industries from property funds to insurance underwriters and various service industries.

Alan serves on all the Board committees in an executive capacity.

4 | Sukena Petersen (34)

Group Financial Director
Appointed 11 February 2011

BCom (Hons) (UWC) CA(SA)

Sukena, a qualified chartered accountant, joined GPI as Group Financial Manager. She played a key role in the executive management of the Company for several years before being appointed as the Financial Director where her professional skills and highly relevant experience are used to good effect. She serves on all the Board committees in an executive capacity.


1 | Dr Norman Victor Maharaj (63)

Lead Independent Director
Appointed 11 February 2011


Norman is a qualified medical doctor and former member of the Public Service Commission. He has extensive public service and trade union experience as well as analytical and decision-making skills. He has filled the role of Lead Independent Director since February 2011, when Hassen Adams was appointed as Executive Chairman. He is also a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and the Social and Ethics Committee. Norman was also appointed as the chairman of Board’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

3 | Anthony William Bedford (60)

Non-executive Director
Appointed 20 October 1997

BAdmin (Hons) (Industrial Psychology) (Unisa), NDip (Accounts and Finance) (PenTech)

Tony has extensive local and international experience in general management, human resource management and marketing. He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of local companies and is involved in various personal enterprises with interests in property, motor repairs, commodity trading and gaming. Tony was chairman of our Board’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee and remains a committee member.

5 | Walter Geach (59)

Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed 17 September 2013


Walter Geach is a chartered accountant, an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of the Western Cape, where he is also the subject head of Taxation. Among his many other academic achievements, he has also authored and/or co-authored over 14 published books on a variety of subjects such as company law, corporate governance, financial accounting, taxation, financial planning, and trusts. The books are used extensively in practice by accountants, consultants, lawyers and financial planners.

In addition, Walter serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Grindrod Ltd and Grindrod Bank, and he is a member of the audit committee of both companies. He is also a non-executive director of QDOS (Pty) Ltd and CareCross Health (Pty) Ltd.

2 | Nombeko Mlambo (68)

Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed 20 October 1997

BA (Unisa), BEd (UCT), MA in Counselling Psychology(Durham University)

Nombeko has served on the GPI Board since inception. In 1982, she co-founded the Council for Black Education and Research Trust, an educational NGO, and currently chairs the Western Cape Women Investment Forum. She is a member of the Board’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee and serves on the boards of the operating slots companies.

4 | Colin Michael Priem (55)

Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed 20 August 2012

BCom (Hons) (UWC)

Colin is a part-time lecturer at the University of the Western Cape where he lectures on financial management modules, and is currently reading for his MCom degree. Colin has comprehensive experience in the finance, investment and strategic management fields gained as an academic and through active involvement in business.

He also has some 20 years’ experience in landscape design, construction and maintenance fields, and is currently the chief executive officer of a large services business in Cape Town.


6 | Lazelle Christian Parton (57)

Group Company Secretary
Appointed 11 February 2011

BA (Political Science) (UN)

Lazelle has some 30 years of legal, law administration and compliance experience gained in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience at provincial government level, where she was the first female to be appointed as the executive secretary of the then provincial executive committee (now referred to as the provincial cabinets) and as parliamentary officer for the province. Thereafter, she was appointed as the director responsible for policy and legislation development as well as regulatory oversight of the gambling industry in the province, which she performed for several years. Since leaving provincial government, she has gained commercial experience in the private sector and has adapted her strong communication, legal and compliance expertise accordingly. In addition to her company secretary role for the GPI Group, she also provides advisory services to the various subsidiaries.