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KWV appoints new CEO

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Chairman and board of KWV Limited has announced that Matthys (Thys) Loubser has been appointed CEO.

He will take over from Dr Willem Barnard, who wishes to take early retirement, in February 2007.

Matthys Loubser was most recently CEO of one of the Western Cape's best-known companies, SANS Fibres. He is a civil engineer by training and a double graduate of the University of Stellenbosch. In addition to this, he has attended courses in management, finance and strategy at the Wits Business School, one of Africa's premier educational institutions.

He has also held a directorship with Dulux Paints, and is a past chairman of the SA Textile Industry Export Council. He is said to have considerable experience and success in transformation initiatives, strategy formulation and implementation, as well as in expanding international business.

Loubser is married and has three children. His interests are golf, music, reading, international politics and mentoring.