Joss has served as our Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of our Board of Directors since he founded the Group in 1996. In 2008, he relocated to the United States as part of our global expansion strategy. Since founding MiX, Joss has overseen six acquisitions. He successfully orchestrated the Company’s listing on the JSE in 2007, and in 2013 led the team that listed the Company on the NYSE, in the process concluding a $65m capital raising to fund future growth. Prior to MiX, from 1984 to 1995, he served as Chief Executive Officer, and previously, Sales Director, of Shurlok (Pty) Ltd, a developer of electronic systems for the automotive industry, helping to build the company into a leader in the field of vehicle safety and security.
John joined MiX in July 2019. Prior to that John held the position of CFO at Ameresco (NYSE: AMRC) where he held oversight of all corporate finance accounting, financial analysis, planning, M&A, internal audit, tax, treasury, investor relations and structured finance. Before that he was VP Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at GT Advanced Technologies (NASDAQ: GTAT). Mr. Granara holds a B.S.B.A. from Suffolk University in Boston, and is a certified public accountant.
Charles is the Group COO and currently also fulfills the role of CEO for MiX Americas.
Charles has served as the Chief Operating Officer since June 2014 and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2007. Prior to assuming the position of Chief Operating Officer, Charles served as the Executive responsible for Fleet Solutions worldwide since our acquisition of OmniBridge in 2007. Prior to MiX, he founded DataPro in 1986, an Internet service provider and software development company, which was acquired by Control Instruments Group Limited in 1996. As part of that acquisition, Charles joined Control Instruments to lead its fleet management business, which became OmniBridge. Charles has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and management experience working with companies in the technology sector.
Catherine, our executive vice president for Technology, joined the business formerly known as OmniBridge in May 2001 and in November 2013 was promoted to Managing Director of MiX's Central Services Organisation (CSO). Catherine is responsible for product management and development, the hosting and operations of the MiX SaaS platform, business systems, technical support, and manufacturing. Catherine holds a Business Science degree with Honours in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town.
Gert, an executive vice president, was appointed Managing Director of MiX Africa from October 2016, and served as the executive vice president for Information Systems from June 2014 to May 2017. He served as the Executive responsible for Africa Fleet Solutions from January 2012 to June 2014. Gert has served in various other senior sales and operations roles at MiX before being appointed chief operating officer for MiX Africa in 2010. Previously, he served as operations manager for OmniBridge. From 1998 until joining OmniBridge, Gert held senior executive roles at fleet management companies including Super Group and Daimler Fleet Management and in the security industry at Coin Security Group.
Jonathan Bates is currently our Executive Vice President of Marketing, previously served as the Head of Global Marketing. Prior to his appointment to this position, he was our Marketing Director in Europe since 2016 and before that he served as European Product Manager from November 2012 when he joined the Group. From September 2005 to October 2012, Jonathan held a number of managerial positions within the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group in the functions of sales, marketing, product management, customer success and project management. Jonathan also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree in the UK.
Paul Dell is currently our Chief Accounting Officer and Americas CFO, he previously served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors from February 2017 to July 2019. Prior to his appointment to this position, he was our Group Financial Controller since September 2012 and before that he served as Group Financial Manager from July 2010 when he joined the Group. From October 2007 to June 2010, Paul Dell served as Group Internal Audit Manager then Group Accountant at Batemen Engineering, an international project management business based in South Africa. He was previously employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. from November 2003 to September 2007, during which time he completed two secondments to the United States. He is a registered chartered accountant in South Africa.
Robin has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 1996 and was appointed Chairman in October 2016. Robin is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. Robin was a Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of Radiospoor Telecommunications Ltd, a specialist provider of mobile cellular services. Radiospoor was involved in the Cellular industry as a service provider to the Vodacom and MTN businesses from the outset in 1993. Radiospoor listed its business on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997. The business was sold in 2001. Robin then co-founded a private equity investment business and currently manages a private investment partnership, Masalini Capital (Pty) Ltd, in the role of Managing Director.
Richard has served on our Board of Directors from August 2007. In October 2016, he was appointed as the Lead Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of our Audit and Risk Committee, and our Social and Ethics Committee. Richard has been managing listed companies since 1998, when he was with Hodgson and Darling, and has served as a member and/or chairman of board committees of various listed companies over the years.
Ian was elected as a member of our Board of Directors in June 2016, and serves as a member of our Nominations and Remuneration Committee. Ian graduated from Yeshiva University, New York in 1997. He worked as a research analyst focused on small capitalization companies from 1997 to 2002 at Schroders, Sidoti & Co. and Goldman Sachs & Co. respectively. In 2003, after graduating from Columbia Business School, New York, Ian joined Berkshire Hathaway Inc. where he worked on investment research and other projects as directed by the Chairman/CEO. In 2009, Ian left Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to form 402 Capital LLC.
Fundiswa is a Chartered Accountant. She is the founding partner of an investment holding company, Dlondlobala Capital, which she cofounded in 2015. Ms. Roji-Maplanka has professional experience in finance, audit, corporate governance, strategy, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, investment management, and investor relations. She was a senior manager responsible for strategy and investor relations at the Imperial Group until the end of 2014. Prior to joining the Imperial Group, she worked for over a decade at Kagiso Trust Investments, and later at Kagiso Tiso Holdings as a director of investments. During her tenure at Kagiso Trust Investments, she was a member of various boards across industries including Macsteel, Bytes Technology Group, Multotec, UTI Pharma and Universal Print Group. She was a member of the boards of radio assets of Kagiso Media including JacarandaFM and East Coast Radio as part of managing the Media and ICT portfolio of the Kagiso Group. In the public arena, she has served on the board of Technology Innovation Agency and on the audit committee of the Commission for Gender Equality. She has also served as a non-executive director of the South African Venture Capital Association.
Fikile founded and manages an accounting firm, Your Financial Partner, which is registered with SAICA. She has more than 17 years corporate experience which includes external audit, accounting, payroll, financial management, corporate finance, corporate governance, taxation and B-BBEE regulations.
Fikile started her accounting articles at Andersen Consulting and completed them with KPMG. Post articles, she worked in corporate finance for Eskom and Anglo-American Corporation Limited. She later joined Discovery Limited, where she headed up the Discovery CA(SA) training program and Group Accounting department. She was also involved in the implementation of Enterprise Development funding transactions. Whilst at Discovery, Fikile worked with small and medium businesses that were applying for Enterprise Development funding. Fikile also serves as a non-executive director on various boards.
Christoff joined MiX Telematics in 2013 and worked in the South African, and Middle East and Australasia businesses prior to joining the US team as Chief Financial and Operating Officer in 2017, prior to Paul's arrival in 2019.
Christoff was trained at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), working as an auditor and international tax consultant during his tenure there. After leaving PwC and prior to joining MiX, he worked for various internationally listed companies in both financial and operational roles.
Luiz Munhoz joined the company after leading Continental Automotive in Brazil for 15 years. He adds significant expertise in the automotive industry to the MiX Telematics leadership team.