Kevin Hodgson (50)
Non-executive Investment Committee Chairman
B.Com, DipAcc, CA(SA)
Kevin is a qualified chartered accountant. He gained commercial experience working for Goldfields and Murray & Roberts before entering the private equity sector where he was involved in multiple transactions in the retail sector. In 1998 he was appointed CEO of Holdsport, the leading sports, leisure and recreational retail business in southern Africa that includes the Sportsmans Warehouse and Outdoor Warehouse formats. Under his leadership Holdsport pioneered the concept of active sporting and outdoor destination stores in southern Africa. Kevin led the growth and expansion of this business, under private and listed ownership, until 2018 when he stepped down as CEO.
Bruce Macrobert (57)
Non-executive Investment Committee Member
B.Com, B.Compt (Hons), CA(SA)
Bruce is a qualified chartered accountant. He spent three years in the Investec Bank corporate finance team, and spent twenty years in the private equity business of Brait until 2017 during which time he was a director of Brait for fifteen years. He served on a number of boards for Brait including the boards of Primedia for 10 years and Consol for 11 years. He was appointed Chairman of Consol in 2010, a role in which he continues after the acquisition of Consol by Ardagh Group. He currently runs his own private equity investment programme, co-Founding Network Investment Partners and serves on the boards of Afrihost (Chairman), Silicon Sky Consulting as well as Western Province Rugby. Since 2019, Bruce is a member of the Investment Committee of the Sanlam Mid-Market Fund.
Steve Schnell (53)
B Com (Hons - Economics) Llb
After being admitted as an attorney, Steve gained experience across the corporate and structured finance advisory fields with UAL Merchant Bank and Capital Alliance Bank. In 2002 Steve joined Dimension Data as MD of Protocol Venture Capital. There he managed a portfolio of early stage investments, oversaw the consolidation of numerous non-core group investments and provided corporate finance advice to the broader group across a number of jurisdictions. Steve joined Brait in 2007 as head of the Proprietary Investing division, where he was responsible for Brait’s investment activities outside of funds. Following Brait’s transition to an investment holding company in 2011, Steve was appointed an executive director. At the end of 2015 Steve left Brait. Since 2020, Steve is the CEO of the Fulcrum Group.