MSc (Mechanical Engineering), Belfort, France
MBA, Lille, France
Chief Executive Officer
Thierry Darthout, appointed Chief Executive Officer of Gibela with effect from 1 August 2017, was previously the company's Vice President of Operations from June 2016.
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 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.
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.