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Keshan Pillay

Keshan Pillay

CEO of Makalani Holdings Limited


Born in South Africa

Keshan Pillay is a senior investment professional with significant experience in the structuring and financing of Corporate and Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”) transactions, including Management Buyouts, Leveraged Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Keshan is also well experienced in the arranging, underwriting and distributing of senior and mezzanine debt instruments and has become a leading expert in BEE finance.

Keshan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Makalani Holdings Ltd in September 2008, a R2.5 billion listed fund that targeted and facilitated in excess of 25 BEE transactions.

In 2010, he successfully led the R1.9 billion delisting of Makalani Holdings from the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, affording shareholders the opportunity to exit their investment at fair value while at the same time allowing the remaining investors to fully realise the net asset value of the portfolio in the unlisted environment, and position the company for its next phase of growth and development.

Prior to joining Makalani, Keshan was the Executive Director - Finance and Strategy of the Mineworkers Investment Company (“MIC”), where he was a driving force in growing MIC’s asset base strongly in the 10 years he was there, leading transactions that grew the assets under management to over R10 billion. The significant transactions led by Keshan included BP Southern Africa, FirstRand Limited, Tracker Holdings and Metrofile Limited, as well as the very successful R15 billion public to private transactions of Peermont Global Limited and Primedia Limited.

In addition to his role at Makalani, Keshan is Chairman of Eastvaal Motor Holdings and has previously been instrumental in more than 20 Boards, Risk and Audit Committees, Trusts, Remuneration Committees, Investment Committees as either a Non-Exec Director, Chairman, Trustee or member


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Business Address

18 Hurlingham Road, Sandton, South Africa, 2196


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Trustee | Teba Trust Fund (UBank)
Johannesburg, South Africa | December 2013 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Non-Executive Chairman | Eastvaal Motor Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Middelberg, South Africa | 2006 - present

Manufacturing and Industrial


Previous Position(s)

Non-Executive Director | The Fuel Group Holding Company (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2009 - 2010

Transportation and Logistics


Non-Executive Director | Peermont Global Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2008 - April 2014

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail


Executive Director | Makalani Holdings Limited
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2008 - 2014

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Non-Executive Director | Primedia Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2007 - February 2014

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film


Non-Executive Director | Wesbank
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2006 - 2008

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Non-Executive Member | (Divisional Board) | RMB HOLDINGS LIMITED
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2006 - May 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Non-Executive Director | Ster Kinekor Theatres
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2006 - 2007

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film


Non-Executive Director | Prism Holdings Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2005 - 2006

ICT and Telecommunications


Non-Executive Director | Metrofile (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2005 - 2008

Other


Non-Executive Director | Credit Management Solutions Group (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2004 - 2006

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Non-Executive Director | Dairyworld (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2004 - 2005

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail


Alternate Director | Izazi Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2004 - 2006

ICT and Telecommunications


Non-Executive Director | Lekana Employee Benefit Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2002 - 2006

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Non-Executive Director | Lionheart Risk Management (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2002 - 2006

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Non-Executive Director | Tracker Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2002 - 2011

ICT and Telecommunications


Non-Executive Director | BP Southern Africa (Pty) Limited
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2001 - 2008

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources


Non-Executive Director | Mathomo Group Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2000 - 2006

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail


Alternate Director | SA Teemane Holdings Company (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 2000 - 2006

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources


Executive Director | Mineworker's Investment Company (MIC)
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 1998 - 2008

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Financial Manager | National Union of Mineworkers
Johannesburg South, South Africa | 1994 - 1998

Other


Audit Manager | Douglas & Velcich
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1991 - 1994

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Educational history

Tertiary

University of Durban-Westville

Completed 1990

Baccalaureus Commercii

Activities

Memberships

Institute of Directors of SA

Member, 2013 - present

Young Presidents' Orgaization

Member, 2011 - present

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