Senior Management Changes at RPC Astrapak

In order to position the Company to fulfil its medium term growth plans, deal with the current operational and economic challenges in South Africa, as well as fulfil the career aspirations of a number of members of our wider Management Team, the Board of RPC Astrapak has decided to phase in the following changes with effect from 17 June 2019:

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1. Craig Matthews - is appointed as MD of RPC Astrapak reporting to me in my role as CEO of RPC Astrapak. Craig brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having managed our Forming Division since 1 April 2016. To ensure a smooth handover, Craig will transition into his new position over the next few months and will take full management responsibility for the business with effect from 01 October 2019. This will also tie in with the Berry Global financial year should the transaction proceed as expected. All existing EXCO members and invitees will report directly to him:

a. Christine Naidoo – Group Finance Director will now also assume full responsibility for the IT function.

b. Futhi Buthelezi – Group Human Resources Executive.

c. Craig Schaffler – Group Technical Executive and Oversight of Weener.

d. Helmien Raath – Group SHEQ Manager - will now report to Craig directly – rather than to Craig Schaffler.

e. Dave Murgatroyd – General Manager Spec Tool and Innovation.


2. Nawaaz Kalick - is appointed as Group Operations Executive reporting to Craig Matthews. He will take full responsibility for all sites and operations excluding Weener. Along with his existing reports, all Site GM’s will now report to Nawaaz. In addition, he will be formalising an Operational Services Team for the Group to co-ordinate Supply Chain Services and Operational Best Practice and Statistics – and will make further announcements in due course.


3. Dylan Groves - is appointed as Group Sales Executive – reporting to Craig. Dylan joined the Group in January this year from the Analytical Instrumentation Industry where he served as Anton Paar Regional Manager for Southern and Sub Saharan Africa, collaborating with multinationals to develop tailored non-destructive analytical technologies. All Sales and Account Management personnel will report to Dylan who will review our structures and strategy in line with our future plans.


Douglas Slogrove – is appointed as Group Business Development Manager – also reporting to Craig. Doug has been with the Group in various roles since 1 August 2005. He will take responsibility for driving and managing development and innovation projects across the business. Further details will be announced shortly, but his and his team’s responsibilities will include Pipeline and Project Management and Co-ordination, Project Costing, IP Control, Marketing and Market Research.

Besides ensuring a smooth transition and any restructuring required, I will be concentrating on strategy along with Merger and Acquisition activity for the Group.

Further announcements and appointments will be made in due course to facilitate these changes and structures.

I wish all appointees every success in their new positions and ask that should you have any queries, you contact us immediately.

Robin Moore

Mylene Paynter