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The Orion Real Estate Board

Franz Gmeiner

Chief Executive Officer
Date of Birth and Age 10 March 1958 – 61
Term of Office and Expiry Employed from 6 March 2006, with no set expiry date
Educational Background B.Com (Hons) CA(SA)
Experience and Responsibilities Mr Franz Gmeiner attained his B.Comm Accounting (Hons) and qualified as one of the top ten students in the Chartered Accountants examination in 1983. During his accountancy career, he became a partner in Cohen and Gmeiner Accountants, which he led to become one of the largest auditing firms in South Africa. He founded a property Company in 1991, which has grown into the current Orion Real Estate Limited, which was listed on the JSE Limited until December 2019. During 1999 he took over the hotel operations of the Hotel Devonshire and since then the Orion Hotels division has built up a portfolio of 9 hotels. He is a member of several clubs and organisations and holds numerous Directorships and trusteeships. As of 13 December 2019, he also holds the position of non-executive Chairman of New Frontier Properties Ltd, which is dual listed on the Alternative Exchange of the JSE and the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.

Richard S Wilkinson

Independent Non-executive Chairman
Date of Birth and Age 12 November 1938 – 81
Term of Office and Expiry 1 September 2003 – Non-executive directors rotate once every 3 years
Educational Background None
Experience and Responsibilities Mr Richard Wilkinson retired as Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa during 2003, a position he held since 1991. He provided the Secretariat to and was a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance. He holds several Directorships on listed and non-listed Companies and in the non-governmental organisational sector. He retired in 1991 as Executive Director of Rennies Group Limited having served the enterprise for 35 years.

Theunis Frederik Jacobus Oosthuizen

Independent Non-executive Director
Date of Birth and Age 13 March 1957- 62
Term of Office and Expiry 14 December 2015 – Non-executive directors rotate once every 3 years
Educational Background B Proc (UJ), LLB Stellenbosch, LLM (UJ)
Experience and Responsibilities Mr Theunis Oosthuizen is a practicing attorney as sole practitioner at Oosthuizen’s (JHB) Attorneys. Served as city counsellor of City of Johannesburg from 1987 to 2000 where he also served on a number of committees as member and also as chairperson. He is a trustee of a number of family trusts and director of a number of Companies including property holding Companies. Served as committee member or trustee with Johannesburg 2nd Municipal Fund, Bursary & Loans Committee UJ, Witwatersrand Agricultural Society, Central Witwatersrand.

Mlamuli Delani Mthembu

Independent Non-executive Director
Date of Birth and Age 9 May 1957 – 62
Term of Office and Expiry 22 April 2013 – Non-executive directors rotate once every 3 years
Educational Background BA Hons (UJ), MSc (Univ KZN)
Experience and Responsibilities Mr Delani Mthembu holds BA Honours HRD (UJ) and MSc Leadership and Innovation (UKZN) degrees. He has also completed a postgraduate certificate in Coaching from Middlesex University (UK) and Masters Level Accreditation by EMCC and WABC. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the University of KZN. He has memberships to various business organisations and is lecturing part time at various universities. Mr Mthembu has served as Chief Executive Officer and Board member to a number of private and public organisations.

Dr Antoinette Gmeiner

Non-executive Director
Date of Birth and Age 11 November 1961 – 59
Term of Office and Expiry 6 March 2006 – Non-executive directors rotate once every 3 years
Educational Background DCur, MCur, BCur, Master Exec Coach
Experience and Responsibilities Dr Antoinette Gmeiner is the Chief Executive Officer of Orion Business Solutions, and also a director of Orion Business Solutions. She completed her doctorate in Nursing Science in 1993 at Rand Afrikaans University. She is a Master Executive Coach and has extensive coaching experience on executive committee and Board level. She has been coaching for over fourteen years and has established an internal Coaching Programme for the Orion Group, where seventeen teams are being coached on a monthly basis. Dr Antoinette Gmeiner and a partner, have a Business Partner relationship with an LPL (Learning Performance Link), as well as the ETDP SETA, where they have established a coaching academy. She specialises in team coaching and has been coaching internal and external teams in organisations for more than 26 years.