Dr Du Plessis to head Di­rec­tors’ In­sti­tute

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Staff Reporter

THE IN­STI­TUTE of Di­rec­tors in South­ern Africa (IoDSA) has elected Prieur du Plessis as its chair­per­son. Dr Du Plessis has served on the IoDSA board for five years, has been the deputy chair­per­son for three years, has chaired the In­vest­ment Com­mit­tee and been a mem­ber of the Au­dit and Risk Com­mit­tee.

Du Plessis be­gan his ca­reer as a quan­tity sur­veyor, but after ob­tain­ing an MBA (cum laude) and DBA in Fi­nance from Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­sity, em­barked on a ca­reer in the in­vest­ment in­dus­try. After 11 years with San­lam he formed his own com­pany, Plexus As­set Man­age­ment, in 1985. After its merger al­most 20 years later with Grindrod As­set Man­age­ment (now Bridge Fund Man­agers), he be­came its non-ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son and has built a new ca­reer as a di­rec­tor and gov­er­nance spe­cial­ist. He cur­rently sits on the boards of Dis­tell Group, the Pro­fes­sional Prov­i­dent So­ci­ety Hold­ings Trust, Com­bined Fi­nance Hold­ings and var­i­ous en­ti­ties of the Uni­ver­sity of Stel­len­bosch.

Du Plessis was awarded the Char­tered Di­rec­tor (SA) des­ig­na­tion, an in­di­ca­tion of his pas­sion for gov­er­nance and his firm be­lief that di­rec­tors need rig­or­ous train­ing to build the right skills to be­come true pro­fes­sion­als. “Di­rec­tors have to en­sure that ethics and im­proved busi­ness per­for­mance go hand-in-hand, and many do not have the right skills,” he says. “IoDSA has a key role in help­ing to equip di­rec­tors for the im­por­tant role they have to play.”

Dr Prieur du Plessis has been elected chair­per­son of the IoDSA.

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