Exco Members

Paul Stewart

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has worked in investments both internationally and in South Africa. In 2005 he joined Plexus Asset Management as Chief Operating Officer and became Managing Director of the Plexus Group in 2008. Plexus was acquired by Bridge Fund Managers (formerly Grindrod Asset Management) in March 2012. Paul has served on and chaired various industry committees including ACI and Asisa. Paul has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years.

Ian Anderson

Chief Investment Officer

Ian joined Bridge Fund Managers (formerly Grindrod Asset Management) as Chief Investment Officer in September 2009. Prior to that, he ran his own consultancy where his clients included Marriott Asset Management, Fortress Asset Managers (part of the Resilient group of companies) and the Property Loan Stock Association of South Africa. Ian was the Investment Director at Marriott Asset Management from 2002 to 2007, having joined the firm as an Investment Analyst in 1996. Ian has been involved in the management of specialist listed property portfolios for the past 15 years and the investment industry for over 20 years.

Marc Thomas

Head: Marketing and Distribution

Marc has more than 20 years’ experience in the asset management industry, primarily in the areas of business and product development. He was Marketing Director at Marriott Asset Management for six years and joined Bridge Fund Managers (formerly Grindrod Asset Management) in 2011 as Head of Business Development.

Ian Pallot

Head: Finance

Ian is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years’ experience in practice and various diverse industries. He joined Plexus in 2007 as Financial Director, and is now Head of Finance for Bridge Fund Managers (formerly Grindrod Asset Management).

Brenda Bannatyne

Head: Client Services

Brenda joined Bridge Fund Managers in November 2009 in sales and distribution and has 17 years’ experience in the asset management industry, having started her career with Marriott Asset Management in 2001.  Brenda worked at Nedgroup Investments and Investec respectively where she gained valuable industry knowledge and in January 2016 moved into the Client Services division within Bridge Fund Managers where she heads up the Operational functions for the manco as well as drive Client Services excellence in the business.

Morne Rall

Manager: Business Development

Morne has more than 18 years’ experience in the asset management industry, primarily in the areas of business development and product administration. Morne joined Bridge Fund Managers in 2014 as an Investment Consultant and became the Manager of the national Distribution Team in 2016.

Sthembiso Nzimande

Compliance Officer

Sthembiso is an established professional with over 10 years’ experience in the regulation of the financial services sector. He joined Bridge Fund Managers in 2011 as a Compliance Officer. He is responsible for risk, legal advisory, delivery of the end-to-end compliance process on a broad spectrum of regulatory requirements and for the day-to-day management of the compliance function. He is also appointed as the Principal Executive Officer of the Bridge Fund Managers’ pre-retirement products

Roxanne Kuppan

HR

Roxanne joined Grindrod Bank in 2010 as HR Business Partner. She has been responsible for successfully developing the HR Strategy for Bridge Fund Managers ( formerly Grindrod Asset Management). Roxanne has over 15 years of Human Resource exposure at a strategic level.