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Isaac Shongwe is the Chairman of Transnova and the founder and Chairman of Letsema Holdings, a 100% black owned investment holding company, which recently acquired a 51% equity stake in Transnova. Isaac completed his university education at Wesleyan University in the United States and became the second black South African to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1989. An exceptional communicator, manager and business professional, Isaac is passionate about business being a catalyst for social change. Isaac is Deputy Chairperson of the Wits University Council.
As the former CEO of Barloworld Logistics Africa, Eric boasts extensive leadership and management skills with over 30 years’ experience in the supply chain and logistics industry. Eric has been closely involved with the redesign and implementation of some of South Africa’s largest Supply Chain networks. Eric is passionate about the design, implementation and management of transportation management solutions and believes that technology has a huge role to play in optimising transport networks.
Carsten is an experienced supply chain professional with over 20 years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of transport optimisation having been closely involved in a number of leading Transport Management Systems (TMS) implementations across various industry sectors for clients that include Illovo Sugar, PPC Cement, Corobrik, Nike, Unilever, TWK Agri, Mars and Tiger Brands.
Neil has over 20 years’ experience in project management and solution implementations in the supply chain and logistics industry. Neil has been closely involved in the implementation of a number of Transport Management Systems across various industry groups. Neil’s primary role at Transnova is to lead the Solution Enablement team in solution design and implementation of client solutions. Neil is also responsible for product development and relationship management with key technology partners.
Derek Thomas is a director of Transnova and the CEO of Letsema. From a teaching family, Derek was infused with a passion for learning that led him to the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of London. Derek is an experienced manager, consultant, strategist and has served on multiple boards as a director and chairman, including Transpaco, CEPPWAWU Investments and Cirebelle. An innately curious person and bibliophile, Derek believes the only way to operate a business is honestly, with integrity and relentlessly pursuing excellence.
Mpume is a director of Transnova and leads and oversees the development of new strategic commercial opportunities for both Transnova and the Letsema Group. She has worked across multiple business areas, ranging from operations management to sales strategy and customer success for organisations in Africa, Europe and the United States. Mpume graduated with a BA Hons in Political Science from Wesleyan University (US) and holds an international MBA from the IE Business School.