MSc (Mechanical Engineering), Belfort, France
MBA (EDHEC), Lille, France
Chief Executive Officer
Thierry Darthout, appointed Chief Executive Officer of Gibela with effect from 1 August 2017, was previously the Alstom Middle-East Africa Vice President of operations from June 2016. In the latter role, he successful oversaw the construction of the 53 000 square metre greenfield train manufacturing plant in Dunnottar. Thierry’s focus is now on steering the company towards the achievement of a manufacturing plan that enables the annual production of one car per day – an ambition that will ultimately support the commitment to deliver 62 trains to PRASA from 2020.
Prior to joining Gibela, he was in charge of service and bid rolling stock activities for Alstom's Middle East & Africa Region. He has more than 25 years' industrial, sourcing and engineering experience in the medical, automotive, power and rail sectors. A significant part of his career has been dedicated to organisational transformation and the setting up of new manufacturing facilities.
Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani (Dr)
DPhil (Technology and Innovation Management), Da Vinci Institute
Economic Development Director
Buyiswa has more than 20 years of experience in economic development, enterprise development and transformation in a career with multinationals such as Sasol Mining, Sasol Oil and Shell SA. After she successfully established the Enterprise Development Fund at Shell SA, which assisted black small, medium and micro enterprises with financial and non-financial support, she joined Gibela as Economic Development Director at the end of 2013. In this portfolio, Buyiswa spearheads company-wide efforts to achieve and fulfil the company's contractual commitments on local content, enterprise development, skills development, socio-economic development, transformation and stakeholder relations.
Double BA Honours in European Business Administration, CESEM, in France and Middlesex Business School in London
Stéphane has more than 30 years of experience at Alstom including power generation, industrial equipment and railway services. As Alstom Transport's Director for Middle East and North African operations, Stéphane has spent a considerable number of years leading and managing service activities for the region. In this capacity, he was instrumental in setting up a profitable railway service business with greenfield operations in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey. As Gibela's Project Director for the Technical Support and Spares Supply Agreement contract, Stéphane established a national service operation to support PRASA in running the new rolling stock fleet. He assumed the position of Technical Director in June 2018.
BJourn Hons (Media Studies), Rhodes University
Pam cut her teeth in corporate communications at the Independent Electoral Commission where she was part of a team responsible for setting and implementing the communication strategy for global media contingents for South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. In a career spanning more than 20 years, she has gained invaluable experience in all facets of corporate communications and investor relations in the mining, telecommunications and power sectors. She was instrumental in developing and raising the profile of the iconic Take a Girl Child to Work Day, a project she led for three years. Following a five-year tenure at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa where she headed the enterprise development and corporate affairs functions, Pam’s interest in greenfield projects led her to join the new Gibela team in 2013.
BSc Honours, University of Natal
MBA, University of Wales
Hector is an experienced business executive with proven capabilities in the operations, distribution and logistics sectors of both private companies and state-owned organisations. He is comfortable managing complex business units and has previously overseen capital projects with operational expenditure of more than R1 billion.
During his 15-year career he has received recognition for financial, operational and safety achievements in businesses internationally recognised for best-practice. Hector joined Gibela in 2016 as General Manager in the CEO’s office and assumed his current position as Project Director for the Manufacturing Service Agreement for Prasa’s new rolling stock in January 2017. In addition to his role, Hector is the Engineer for the rolling stock project.
Reggie Boqo CA(SA)
BCom, North West University
BCompt Honours, University of South Africa
Chief Financial Officer
Reggie Boqo joined Gibela as Chief Financial Officer in June 2018. A chartered accountant by profession, he has vast financial expertise acquired during a career spanning more than 20 years.
Reggie has held various positions during his career, including that of group financial director at a financial services company. He has also served in executive roles and at board level in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Gibela he was the Group Chief Financial Officer of the City of Johannesburg.
He comes on board at a time when the Gibela’s steep production ramp-up is becoming a reality and delivery targets must be achieved. The company will rely heavily on his wealth of experience and transformational leadership style in this new phase of its journey.
Bachelor of law (LLB), University of KwaZulu-Natal
Head of Legal and Company Secretary
Convey is an admitted Attorney of the Republic of South Africa, member of the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) and is registered with the Southern African Institute of Chartered Secretaries.
He began his career practicing corporate and property law, and then moved into advisory positions whereby he focused on drafting legislation for various national government organizations. Some of these pieces of legislation have now been promulgated and enacted into law.
Convey found his footing in corporate after joining an American manufacturing firm as a Senior Legal and Contracts Counsel and Company Secretary, serving developing and emerging markets. He has an excellent track record in supporting various business units on complex legal matters and managing large litigation matters. Convey joined the Executive Committee of Gibela in September 2017.
Bachelor of Tech (Civil Engineering), Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Service Operations Director
Vuyiswa has 19 years’ experience in civil engineering. She started her career as a traffic engineer at BKS (Pty) Ltd where she was responsible for transport modelling and simulation, roads and bridges designs and traffic impact assessments for various private commercial developments. She later moved into transport infrastructure projects, leading commuter rail transport planning, road-based mass transit systems planning and implementation. Her project management skills vary from land acquisition, project budgeting, planning, design development, construction management and contracts management.
She has occupied a number of leadership positions and has a solid track record in project and construction management of high profile projects through organisations such as Department of Transport, City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Development Agency. She joined Gibela as Construction Director in April 2016 and after managing the construction of the first train manufacturing plant in South Africa she joined the executive committee and assumed the position of Service Operations Director in July 2018.
B Tech Human Resources, University of South Africa
Brian has over 20 years’ experience in the field of human resources. He has both local and international experience working in car manufacturing, telecommunications, development banking and FMCG industries.
Brian has spent most of his career in senior generalist roles supporting top management and acting as an advisor and coach to business leaders. His experience includes change management, learning and development, employee relations, coaching and organisation restructuring. Brian worked in various global and local organisations such as Nissan, Vodacom, DBSA and Nestle.
He was appointed as Human Resources Director in July 2018.
National Diploma (Analytical Chemistry), University of Port Elizabeth
MBA, University Wales, Cardiff
Industrial Director (Rolling Stock)
Bruce has approximately 30 years' manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, as well as engineering experience in the automotive, pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods sectors. A significant part of his career has been dedicated to organisational transformation and efficiency improvements.
He was also part of the team of engineers responsible for setting up the greenfield car-building factory for General Motors SA, in Port Elizabeth.
Bruce was appointed Industrial Director of Gibela’s rolling stock in May 2017 and previously served in the capacity of Manufacturing Director from November 2015. In his current role his main responsibility is to ensure that the industrial plan is executed on-time to support the very stringent production ramp-up plan for the new PRASA rolling stock project.
MSc Eng (Mechanical Engineering), Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Paris, France
Pierre joined Alstom in 2009 after five years at PwC where he worked as a financial auditor. In 2012, he started his journey in South Africa as part of the tender and negotiation team for the PRASA rolling stock project where his focus was on the Economic Development and localisation stream.
Following the award of the rolling stock contract to Gibela he served in contract & risk management as well as project management. He has been overseeing the Supplier Development function since October 2017. In July 2018, Pierre added the Sourcing portfolio onto his responsibilities. In this function he is tasked with developing strategic initiatives to contribute to the revitalization of the South African railway sector and advancing the transformational agenda of the project.