Our People

Board of Directors

Piet Viljoen

Chairman
Piet Viljoen Chairman
B Com (Hons), CFA
Piet has over 25 years of industry experience. He started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, and then joined the Reserve Bank as an economic analyst. He became a portfolio manager at Allan Gray Investment Counsel in 1991 and in 1995 he moved to Investec Asset Management. Piet founded RECM in 2003 and is our Chairman.

Jan van Niekerk

Chief Executive Officer
Jan van Niekerk Chief Executive Officer
B Com (Hons) Math, FIA, CFA
Apart from being an active member of our investment team, Jan is also responsible for the management of our business. He has over 16 years of experience, both as a value investor and a businessman. Jan served as Chief Executive Officer of Citadel, a South African private client wealth manager with a broad international reach, after which he became CEO of Peregrine Holdings, a JSE listed financial services firm. Jan joined RECM in 2013, as analyst, shareholder and Chief Executive Officer.

Farahnaaz Akherwaray

Non-Executive Director
Farahnaaz Akherwaray Non-Executive Director
LLB
Farahnaaz completed her LLB Degree at the University of Cape Town and thereafter attended the University of Cape Town’s School for Legal Practice. Farahnaaz is a practising attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She works as a senior associate at Themis Commercial Legal Advisors (Pty) Ltd and Hayes Incorporated. Farahnaaz specialises in commercial matters. In the course of her career, Farahnaaz has drafted, facilitated, advised on and implemented various commercial transactions including property transactions, loan finance transactions and equity finance transactions. Farahnaaz joined RECM as a non-executive director in 2014.
Senior Management

Piet Viljoen

Chairman
Piet Viljoen Chairman
B Com (Hons), CFA
Piet has over 25 years of industry experience. He started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, and then joined the Reserve Bank as an economic analyst. He became a portfolio manager at Allan Gray Investment Counsel in 1991 and in 1995 he moved to Investec Asset Management. Piet founded RECM in 2003 and is our Chairman.

Jan van Niekerk

Chief Executive Officer
Jan van Niekerk Chief Executive Officer
B Com (Hons) Math, FIA, CFA
Apart from being an active member of our investment team, Jan is also responsible for the management of our business. He has over 16 years of experience, both as a value investor and a businessman. Jan served as Chief Executive Officer of Citadel, a South African private client wealth manager with a broad international reach, after which he became CEO of Peregrine Holdings, a JSE listed financial services firm. Jan joined RECM in 2013, as analyst, shareholder and Chief Executive Officer.

Nic Woolaway

Chief Operating Officer
Nic Woolaway Chief Operating Officer
B Bus Sc (Hons) Finance, CA (SA), CFA
Nic joined RECM in August 2013 with over 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is responsible for the operational infrastructure of our business. Prior to joining RECM, he was a partner at global hedge fund, BlueCrest Capital Management, where he worked for 8 years. Based in London, he was the Global Head of Product Control and previously the Head of Liquidity and Collateral Management. Nic’s first role in London was at UBS Investment Bank as a business unit controller. Before moving to London he qualified as a Chartered Accountant working for Deloitte & Touche in both Cape Town and Bermuda in their Financial Institutions audit division. Nic is also a CFA charterholder.
Investment

Piet Viljoen

Chairman
Piet Viljoen Chairman
B Com (Hons), CFA
Piet has over 25 years of industry experience. He started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, and then joined the Reserve Bank as an economic analyst. He became a portfolio manager at Allan Gray Investment Counsel in 1991 and in 1995 he moved to Investec Asset Management. Piet founded RECM in 2003 and is our Chairman.

Jan van Niekerk

Chief Executive Officer
Jan van Niekerk Chief Executive Officer
B Com (Hons) Math, FIA, CFA
Apart from being an active member of our investment team, Jan is also responsible for the management of our business. He has over 16 years of experience, both as a value investor and a businessman. Jan served as Chief Executive Officer of Citadel, a South African private client wealth manager with a broad international reach, after which he became CEO of Peregrine Holdings, a JSE listed financial services firm. Jan joined RECM in 2013, as analyst, shareholder and Chief Executive Officer.

Paul Whitburn

Analyst and Portfolio Manager
Paul Whitburn Analyst and Portfolio Manager
B Com (Hons), Finance (Cum Laude)
After graduating from UCT with honours in Finance and Portfolio Management, Paul was one of three partners who started Blue Alpha Investment Management. During his seven years at Blue Alpha, Paul was responsible for covering the industrial sector. From 2007 Paul was portfolio manager for all long-only unit trusts and segregated mandates following a strong value philosophy. Paul joined RECM in November 2010.

Dayne Allenbrook

Analyst and Dealer
Dayne Allenbrook Analyst and Dealer
B Bus Sc (Hons) Finance
After completing his Finance Honours at UCT in 2007, Dayne joined JPMorgan on their Graduate Programme where he administered Fund of Funds and Derivative Trading. He is currently enrolled as a candidate in the CFA program, having passed the CFA level 1 exam. Dayne joined RECM in July 2009 as an Implementation Analyst.

Richard Court

Analyst
Richard Court Analyst
B Bus Sc (Hons) Finance, B Com (Hons) Accounting, Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting, CA (SA), CFA
Richard completed his articles at Deloitte & Touche in Cape Town where he specialised in financial institutions. On completion of his articles Richard spent the better part of 18 months working for other Deloitte & Touche offices in locations such as Amsterdam and Sydney. Richard joined RECM in November 2009.

Linda Eedes

Analyst
Linda Eedes Analyst
B Com (Hons) Finance (Cum Laude), CFA
Linda joined RECM in August 2010 after seven years in London with global investment firm PIMCO, where she held the position of Senior Vice President. Prior to this, she was a portfolio manager at NIB Asset Management (NIBAM) in Cape Town managing both balanced and equity portfolios. She completed a B Com (Economics) degree at Rhodes, a B Com Honours (Finance) degree at UCT and is a CFA charterholder.

Hendrik Theron

Analyst
Hendrik Theron Analyst
Ph.D. Computer Science
After completing his studies, Hendrik worked in the IT industry until March 2011. He was the software development manager at Pragma from 1999 to 2011, during which time his team developed physical asset management software used by large South African and international companies. Hendrik joined RECM in May 2011

Johannes Visser

Analyst
Johannes Visser Analyst
B Com (Hons), CFA
After completing his studies at the University of Stellenbosch, Johannes joined Oasis Asset Management as an equity analyst in 2004. For the next three years he was involved in the investment decision making process particularly with regards to listed local and global industrial companies. During a one-year restraint of trade in 2007/2008 he started a successful business and completed his formal education by passing the CFA level 3 examination. Johannes joined RECM in August 2008.
Account Management

René Klinger

Retail Investments: National Business Development Manager
René Klinger Retail Investments: National Business Development Manager
Registered Persons Financial Markets Diploma
René joined RECM in February 2013. She has over 25 years’ experience in the South African financial services industry working for companies such as TMA, Nedgroup Investments, Discovery Invest and Stenham. René holds an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, has a Registered Persons Financial Markets Diploma and a Programme in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management at UNISA.

Chenelle Rubain

Client Relationship Manager
Chenelle Rubain Client Relationship Manager
Investment Certificate, CFA Institute of London
Chenelle joined RECM in June 2016 with over 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked for companies such as Barclays, Sable Wealth, Liberty Life/Stanlib and most recently at Nedgroup Investments. She is passionate about fostering client relationships, and holds a Diploma in Public Relations, Wealth Management Certificate and an Investment Certificate from the CFA Institute of London.
Operations

Nic Woolaway

Chief Operating Officer
Nic Woolaway Chief Operating Officer
B Bus Sc (Hons) Finance, CA (SA), CFA
Nic joined RECM in August 2013 with over 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is responsible for the operational infrastructure of our business. Prior to joining RECM, he was a partner at global hedge fund, BlueCrest Capital Management, where he worked for 8 years. Based in London, he was the Global Head of Product Control and previously the Head of Liquidity and Collateral Management. Nic’s first role in London was at UBS Investment Bank as a business unit controller. Before moving to London he qualified as a Chartered Accountant working for Deloitte & Touche in both Cape Town and Bermuda in their Financial Institutions audit division. Nic is also a CFA charterholder.

Dean Schweizer

Head of Finance and Fund Services
Dean Schweizer Head of Finance and Fund Services
B Com, CA (SA)
After finishing his articles at Ernst & Young in 2008, Dean continued at EY in various managerial roles with a focus on the Financial Services Sector. Dean left EY as a senior manager to join the RECM team with effect from 17 June 2015. Dean is responsible for overseeing both the operations and finance teams. He has a detailed understanding of the business and is the custodian of the internal controls.

Guy Simpson

Head of Legal and Compliance
Guy Simpson Head of Legal and Compliance
BA, LLB
Guy completed an LLB degree at the University of Natal and was admitted as an attorney in 1995. He commenced his career working as a legal advisor for a healthcare administrator in Durban and later in their Johannesburg office. In 1999, he moved to Australia where he spent 11 years working in the financial services industry, in both legal and compliance roles. After returning to South Africa, Guy joined RECM in November 2010.