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.




Brendon De Boer

Brendon completed his studies (Bsc Agriculture) at the University of Pietermaritzburg, he worked as a farm manager for a number of years on a citrus, sugar cane and beef farm. In 2002 he completed his MBA at the University of Cape Town and after working for Shoprite and Standard Bank in various agric related positions, he joined Cargill in 2006 as a grain merchant and trader. Between 2010 and 2015 he took on country management roles in Zambia, Egypt, and Kenya, returning to South Africa in 2015. Since June 2016, he served as Cargill’s regional leader for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

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.