Our People

peopleThroughout the group, CBH aims for job satisfaction amongst our employees. We understand that profitability and quality can only be attained through retaining an experienced and satisfied workforce.

We have provided the best possible leadership by bringing in highly qualified individuals with a history in this complex industry, ensuring that concerns are addressed with understanding.




Marthinus Stander

Marthinus completed his B Engineering degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1987. He joined the Institute for Marine Technology in Simon’s Town and completed an MSc degree at the University of Cape Town in 1993. Following his passion for food processes, Marthinus joined Sasko in 1995, and after the merger between Sasko and Bokomo into Pioneer Foods, managed its abattoir outside Durbanville until 2000. This later led to Marthinus becoming Supply Chain and Food Service Director at Rainbow Chicken in Durban, which position he vacated in 2007 to become a KFC franchisee in East Griqualand, Kokstad. In 2011, Marthinus joined the Shoprite group as an external consultant, supporting its Hungry Lion quick service restaurant chain. Marthinus is the current chairman of the South African Poultry Association.

Geoffrey Philip Heath

Geoff qualified with PriceWaterHouseCoopers Inc. in Zimbabwe in 1980. He held various senior financial and managerial positions with a listed packaging company for 10 years, reaching the position of business development director. Geoff joined Kevin James in 1994 to manage the financial affairs of his poultry enterprises. Geoff was part of the management team which acquired CBH and has previously had responsibility for all financial aspects of the group, including merger and acquisition activity. Geoff has participated in the Wits executive development programme and held the position of Chairman of the Poultry Association of Zimbabwe.

Kevin William James

Kevin has significant poultry experience in Africa and has demonstrated an exceptional ability to identify new and existing business opportunities. He commenced his poultry career managing a small laying operation in Zimbabwe. He established Ross Breeders Zimbabwe (Pvt) LTD and merged it with Crest Breeders International (Pvt) LTD, and then reverse listed the combined business through a merger with a leading listed company in the food sector in Zimbabwe, Consolidated Farming Investments Limited. Simultaneously he established Ross Zambia. Under his leadership and vision, CBH was acquired and returned to profitability. Kevin’s significant achievements in the South African poultry industry in a short space of time were recognised by the South African Poultry Association with a special award of “Mover and Shaker” in 2006. Kevin was founder of CBH.

Fritz Grobbelaar

Fritz qualified as a chartered accountant in 2003 after completing his articles at PriceWaterHouseCoopers Inc. He joined Steinhoff International Holdings in 2004 and has subsequently held various senior financial positions within that group, culminating in his appointment as Chief Financial Officer of the Bravo Group in 2013.

Timothy Noonan

Mr. Noonan is a Managing Director for Proterra Investment Partners where he directs Proterra’s food production, value-added processing, and distribution investments in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Prior to Proterra, Mr. Noonan served as a Managing Director for Black River Asset Management, a division of Cargill, where he also directed food sector investments in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Prior to Black River, Mr. Noonan was based in Abu Dhabi as a Senior Vice President with Gulf Capital, one of the largest alternative investment firms focused on emerging markets in the Middle East and Africa. Previously, Mr. Noonan was a Vice President with Oryx Capital, a private equity firm with offices in the United States and Saudi Arabia. Throughout his private equity experience, Mr. Noonan has led or participated in acquisitions, divestitures, or equity investments across five continents. He began his career as an investment banking analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Merrill Lynch & Company.

Mr. Noonan graduated with honors in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Jim Sayre

Mr. Sayre is a partner of Proterra Investment Partners and serves as a member of its Management Committee. In addition, Mr. Sayre co-heads the Black River CPF Food Fund and Black River Food Fund 2. Both private equity funds make investments in the food production, value-added processing, and distribution sectors in emerging markets.

Prior to Proterra, Mr. Sayre worked for Black River Asset Management, a division of Cargill, where he served as a Senior Managing Director for its food sector-focused private equity funds. Prior to joining Black River, he served as president and founder of Cargill Ventures, a proprietary venture fund with $200 million in capital deployed across a 40-company portfolio. Prior to Cargill Ventures, Mr. Sayre was Director for global mergers and acquisitions at Cargill. Previously, Mr. Sayre worked as a Senior Manager for Deloitte Consulting and held a position with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Sayre holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Davis.