Engineer, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts & Métiers, France.
MBA, Hautes Études Commerciales, France
Chief Executive Officer
Marc rejoined Alstom in January 2013 as General Manager for PRASA's overall activities and was appointed CEO of Gibela. Marc began his career with Alstom and in the ensuing years he has gained extensive experience in product design, marketing, project tenders and management. As Senior Vice President for Rolling Stock at Alstom, he was responsible for a €3,5 billion division of 18,000 employees based in Europe, the Americas/Asia and Oceania. In this role, he presided over successful launches and build-up of railway projects around the world. He was CEO at the Compin Group in France for six years.
Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani (Dr)
DPhil (Technology and Innovation Management), Da Vinci Institute
Economic Development Director
Buyiswa has more than 18 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.
MBA, Business School, Netherlands
Executive Director and Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director
Duke Mgaga transferred to Gibela from Alstom where he spent three years as Country HR Director. He brings to the company 20 years of holistic HR experience honed in diverse companies such as Shell and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In addition to his HR duties at Gibela, he is also in charge of the Corporate Affairs portfolio, specifically managing risk exposure and collaborating with a varied stakeholder group to ensure wider strategic alignment as the company executes the 10-year rolling stock project.
In his capacity as HR Director, Duke will consolidate best practice HR to develop and spearhead a strategic talent acquisition approach to capacitate the company as it prepares train manufacturing.
Economist, Conservatoir National des Arts & Metiers.
Masters in Strategic Management, Institut de Control de Gestion, Paris
Laurent was appointed as Gibela’s IT Director in November 2014 to establish the information system and IT organisation of the new company. He began his career as Supply Chain Manager for a global French computer company following which he established a consulting company that specialised in industrial engineering and supply chain organisation. He has led several major and global organisational transformation programmes in various large companies including the French Department of Defence. Since the mid-1990s he has mainly focused on global ICT transformation programmes. He joined Gibela from Alstom where he served as SAP Global Program Director from April 2011.
Julien de Fitte
MSc (Electronic Engineering), ENSEEIHT in France
Julien has over 16 years of experience in the automation and power industry, including three years working for Alstom in China as a project and tender director in a joint venture specialising in traction equipment. Julien joined Gibela in 2014 to help establish the sourcing department. The department’s primary objective is to develop a robust local supplier network, working to bring on board exempted micro enterprises, black women-owned enterprises and qualifying small enterprises.
Double BA Honours in European Business Administration, CESEM, in France and Middlesex Business School in London
Maintenance Project Director
Stéphane has 27 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 is responsible for setting up a national service operation to support PRASA as the new fleet is introduced.
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. Pam joined Gibela in 2013 following a five-year tenure at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa where she headed the enterprise development and corporate affairs functions.
MBA, University of Wales
Project Director: onshore activities
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 in excess of R1 billion.
During his 15-year career he has received recognition for financial, operational and safety achievements in businesses internationally recognised for best-practice.
MSc (Mechanical Engineering), Belfort, France
MBA, Lille, France
Vice President of Operations
Thierry has more than 25 years’ experience in the industrial, sourcing and engineering arena, across a number of assignments and in different sectors: medical, automotive, power and rail.
A significant part of his career has been dedicated to the transformation of organisations and the setting up of new facilities to improve global efficiency of operations. More recently, Thierry was in charge of service and bid rolling stock activities for Alstom’s Middle East & Africa Region before joining Gibela.