The company's Executive Committee structure, headed by André Nortjé, is represented as follows:
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André Nortjé is Strate’s Chief Executive Officer.
He has 18 years of executive management experience across multiple financial services disciplines and across multiple jurisdictions with a deep understanding of financial markets from both the buy and sell side perspectives.
Before joining Strate, André held a wide variety of executive roles ranging from Treasurer of a commercial bank to multiple Chief Operating Officer positions of Investment Management businesses both in South Africa and in the United Kingdom.
Beverley Furman (Bev) is the Managing Executive of Operations. Operations encompasses Strate’s Clearing and Settlement, Project Management Office, Product Development, Stakeholder Engagement as well as the Strate Collateral Management Services divisions.
Prior to this role, she was the Head of STRATE Supervision, which she created in 2001 to supervise and monitor compliance by the CSD Participants with the South African securities legislation, the Financial Markets Act – a role Strate must perform as a licensed Self-Regulatory Organisation. Bev has over 20 years’ experience in the financial markets. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Dale Connock is Strate’s Chief Risk Officer. With extensive experience in the risk management field, Dale is an integral part of Strate’s business with the mitigation and management of risk being at the heart of the company’s vision and purpose.
The Risk Division promotes and maintains an enterprise-wide culture that values the importance of effective risk management, encouraging open and frank dialogue regarding the effectiveness of risk management-practices and potential risk-management deficiencies.
Maria is Strate’s Head of Legal and Regulatory. She has been with Strate since the start in 1997 heading up the Legal Working Committee to drive the required legislative changes and CSD rules to enable dematerialized securities. She serves as an Executive Member of Strate since 2000. Maria obtained academic qualifications in South Africa at the University of Pretoria (BLC, 1981; LLB, 1983) and the University of Pretoria (LLM, 1987; LLD, 1995) . She earned her LLD degree with a thesis titled “Aspects of the Dematerialization of Listed Shares in South African Law”. She qualified as an Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa in 1985. Maria published extensively in company law and securities law and served on various national and international legal and regulatory committees. She also serves as an external member and research associate of the Centre for Advanced Corporate and Insolvency Law, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.
As Strate’s Chief Information Officer, Rudi Steenkamp overseas the entire IT function of Strate. Since joining the company through Strate’s merger with UNEXcor in 2003, Rudi has worked in the IT space for over 16 years. With one of the most advanced and sophisticated IT infrastructure for a CSD, Strate has achieved 99.995% uptime for the last four years and is one of the top 2% users of the SWIFT Network internationally. He holds a B.Sc (Computer Science and Applied Mathematics) from Potchefstroom University (PU for CHE).
Samantha Cooper is Strate’s Head of Human Capital and Transformation. She has extensive experience in Human Capital Management. Samantha is a registered psychometrist and an accredited life coach.
Before joining Strate, Samantha held a number of senior roles within the South African financial services sector.