MEET THE TEAM
Vipa Team Leaders
DAVID SMILIE – CEO – Vipa Holdings (Pty) Ltd
As owner and director of Vipa Holdings, David is responsible for the coordination of all sales and marketing worldwide, with extensive experience in strategy development and facilitation. With a strong team behind him, David manages the company’s export procedures; strategic planning, conceptualisation and customer relations, as well as branding, marketing differentiation and team building. His years of experience in facilitating trade through Africa, bringing a depth of knowledge to the company that will see greater expansion into agricultural markets globally.
Public Relations and Administration
Leslie is in charge of customer relations, problem solving and assisting with administration. Recently she has taken over as Office Manager, where her expertise will be an asset to our clients and staff.
COBUS VAN RENSBURG
Cobus van Rensburg is employed as Sales Director by Vipa Holdings. He has seven years’ experience in the fertilizer industry.
Chief Operating Officer
Howard is employed as the VIPA Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for both the smooth, efficient running of the daily operations as well as the financial planning and management for VIPA. Howard has farmed commercially for 20 years and has been a business consultant for 6 years.
LUHAN LE MAITRE
Luhan le Maitre is employed as Relationship Manager by Vipa Holdings with 5 years’ experience in the fertilizer industry.
Nad Govender is employed as Financial Administrator by Vipa Holdings, with 25 years experience in the fertilizer industry.
Marinda is employed as David Smillie’s Personal Assistant, Marketing coordinator and Sales Administrator in our office based in Durban.
Office Manager (Johannesburg)
Adele is employed by Vipa Holdings as Office Manager at our office based in Johannesburg. With her 7 years experience in logistics and procurement in the fertilizer industry she will be looking after the logistics department and assist with the Sales Administration.
Moore Stephens Africa Strategy Advisor
Jeff commenced his professional career in 1983 and from 2011 has been working as the Africa Strategy Advisor to Moore Stephens in the implementation of the Africa growth plans. He is focusing on developing the MS Africa office network and client service capability in the selected territories and industry focus areas. His special interests include agriculture, renewable energy, distribution and infrastructure development which align with VIPAs overall vision.