Ellie Salkow

Elliot Salkow (64)

Chairman of the Board

Elliott Salkow began his career as a salesman and honed his entrepreneur skills early in South Africa and later in the United Kingdom. On returning to South Africa to sell television aerials for the then, Aerial King, where he was employed in-house at the company as a sales representative.

In 1979, he started Ellies and with great entrepreneurial spirit and flair, he soon recognised, exploited and created the opportunities. With his natural business instinct, mathematical mind and talent in delegation and motivation, he steadily grew the business from 5 staff to the business it is today some 30 years later.

Today Ellie remains 'hands-on' and involved in all aspects of the business. His instinct and experience remains a valuable asset to Ellies.

Wayne Samson

Wayne Samson

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne has been a loyal member of the Ellies team for over 25 years, elevating himself from his initial position as an assistant in the dispatch and factory division to General Manager in 1993, Wayne was appointed in 1998 as Operations Director of the group. Wayne was appointed as CEO of Ellies Holdings in 2007.

Adrian Bock

Adrian Bock

Chief Financial Officer

Adrian is a qualified Chartered Accountant, specialising in turnaround strategies, with a wealth of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, change management, financial department set-up and re‑engineering. Adrian completed his articles at PKF in Cape Town in 1997. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of an Aim-listed company (Beacon Hill Resources Plc) and the group finance director of a JSE-listed company (Trusco Group Holdings Limited). Adrian also worked in the United Kingdom for four years at Accenture Consulting and Deutsche Bank. Upon his return to South Africa in 2001, Adrian served as one of the founding partners of an audit firm rendering a full range of financial services before founding ALB Capital, a niche corporate finance house.

Non-Executive Directors

Fikile Mkhize

Fikile Mkhize

Independent non-executive director

On 1 June 2012, Ellies appointed Fikile to the board of directors as independent non-executive director. Fikile holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa (UNISA), and is currently the Group Manager for IT at Mutual & Federal, responsible for Finance and Compliance Risk.

Oliver Fortuin

Oliver Fortuin

Lead Independant Non-Executive Director

Oliver has more than 21 years' experience in the technology industry, 16 of these with IBM. He currently serves as General Manager, IBM South Africa, a role he assumed in July 2009.

Prior to re-joining IBM in July 2009, Fortuin was the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard South Africa and General Manager, Technology Solutions Group (TSG). In this role he drove the enterprise hardware, software and services business, and lead the regional management team.

Prior to that, Fortuin was Hewlett-Packard South Africa's Director for HP Services.

Prior to joining HP in 2006, he held various executive positions in the IBM Corporation, including General Manager of the IBM PC Business for Africa. He joined Lenovo South Africa as a member of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) management team when Lenovo acquired IBM's PC business in 2005.

Malcolm Goodford

Steven Goldberg

IndependantNon-Executive Director

Stephen, who qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999, completed his articles at Grant Thornton Kessel Feinstein, whereafter he joined the investment banking business of Peregrine Holdings Limited, where he was involved in the execution of private equity transactions as well as providing corporate finance advisory services to a number of Peregrine’s clients.

In Septemeber 2002, Stephen joined Buffet Investments Proprietary Limited (‘Buffet’) and was involved in identifying, implementing and managing a number of private equity transactions in a variety of industries. Stephen sat on the boards of the various investee companies, including Sally Williams Fine Foods, Eazi Access Rentals, Kevro, The Creative Counsel and the interests of Buffet. He also guided the various executives involved in the underlying operations.

After leaving Buffet in December 2008, he co-founded Exit Holdings SA, an investment holding company with interests in FMCG Distribution, consumer electronics and financial services.

Malcolm Goodford

Martin Kuscus

IndependantNon-Executive Director

Martin was the MEC for Finance in the North West Provincial Government from 1994 until 2004. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in health care services. In June 2004 he became CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards, a position he held until July 2009.

He was the Chairperson of the first Board of Trustees for the Government Employee Pension Fund overseeing a portfolio worth R850 billion from June 2005 to July 2009.

Marcus served on the PRI Board of the United Nations Global Compact Initiative on Responsible Investment, served as Chairperson of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund and is the President of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut.