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Our Leadership

The Blake Group is driven to meet its transformation objectives and implemented a new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment transaction in September 2018 which resulted in Gamiro Ventures acquiring a direct 51% shareholding in Blake.

Our founders and core management team are also committed shareholders and our Board of Directors provide strong strategic oversight.

  • Andre Bezuidenhout
    Andre Bezuidenhout

Andre Bezuidenhout

Chief Executive Officer,
The Blake Group

With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Andre spent the early part of his career in the KZN sugar industry. Looking for new challenges, he occupied various strategic management consulting roles and consulted to a wide array of blue chip listed entities and state-owned entities over a period of five years.

  • Jonathan Hawker
    Jonathan Hawker

Jonathan Hawker

Finance Executive,
The Blake Group

Since becoming a CA(SA) in 2008, Jonathan gained valuable experience in retail and manufacturing environments before joining Blake. He now holds the position of Finance Executive for the Blake Group where he is responsible for the Group’s finance and accounting function. Jonathan plays a strategic role at Executive and Board level in ensuring that the Group’s finances are aligned with its goals and objectives.

  • Dewaal Muller
    Dewaal Muller

De Waal Muller

Chief Information Officer,
The Blake Group

Following the completion of a B Juris, De Waal joined Blake & Associates in 1994 as a Legal Clerk. He now holds the position of Chief Information Officer. De Waal brings a logical approach to Blake and with his legal backing, he is also able to add valuable input in relation to regulatory matters.

  • Howard Blake
    Howard Blake

Howard Blake

Founder,
The Blake Group

Howard Blake, the Founder of the Blake Group in 1990, will continue the role of setting Group strategic direction, identifying and engaging partnerships and acquisition prospects. He and the Blake leadership team are driving the digital transformation of Blake to ensure sustainable, balanced growth and value creation for the company.

  • Devon Pather
    Devon Pather

Devon Pather

Non-Executive Director,
The Blake Group

Devon is the Commercial Director responsible for investment operations and project implementation for Gamiro. He brings a broad perspective of investment management and business strategy acquired through his 15+ years of experience as an equity derivatives trader and structured products specialist for a number of local and international banks.

  • Crispin Sonn
    Crispin Sonn

Crispin Sonn

Chairperson,
The Blake Group

Crispin is a Director of Gamiro Holdings since August 2014. Prior to this Crispin spent over 12 years in the South African operations of a global insurance and investment company. In his last role he was the Managing Director of the South African retail mass market business that employed more than 7 000 people and included the lending, group insurance, short term insurance and foundation market business units.