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Ascendis Health Ltd (ASCJ.J)

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18 Dec 2018
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Thomas Thomsen

2018 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Kieron Futter

2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Marnus Sonnekus

2018 Interim Chief Operating Officer

Cornelle Van Graan

Head of Direct Selling

A. Sims

2014 Company Secretary

Johannes Sebulela

2018 Independent Non-Executive Director

Biographies

Name Description

Thomas Thomsen

Mr. Thomas Thomsen serves as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. He has experience in the consumer goods and consumer healthcare industries where he has held senior leadership positions responsible for multi-billion dollar revenues. Most recently Thomas was the category head of Novartis Consumer Healthcare based in Geneva and previously held the positions of senior vice president and global marketing officer of Renkitt-Benckiser Consumer Healthcare based in London. Thomas was also previously Managing Director (“MD”) of Central and Eastern Europe and MD and Vice President of Nordic and Turkey at Johnson & Johnson Consumer based in Prague and Stockholm respectively. Further to the invaluable experience Thomas brings to the Ascendis stable in the form of industry knowledge and the successful integration of numerous business units, he has also completed various Executive MBA courses from the likes of, inter alia, Harvard Business School, London Business School and INSEAD.

Kieron Futter

Mr. Kieron Futter has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director with effect from 1st October 2015. Mr. Kieron’s qualifications include CA (SA), having achieved a top ten position in the board exam, B. Com (Honours) and a Higher Diploma in Auditing at University of Johannesburg, and CIMA. Kieron has more than 20 years of experience in financial management in various industries, including 5 years at GlaxoSmithKline in Consumer Health Care (in the UK and Dubai), 5 years as CFO of TransUnion Group Africa incorporating 31 companies, with the international holding company being based in Chicago, USA, and most recently 2 years as CEO of Nandos’ company owned restaurants with a major focus on the financial management of R1.2b revenues and 3000 employees. Kieron will be based at the Ascendis head office in Bryanston and besides his financial abilities will also bring considerable local and international experience in the fields of business consolidation and restructuring. He is 38 years old and presents a dynamic and technically astute set of skills, with a sound knowledge and experience of IFRS, USA GAAP, and other financial legislation.

Marnus Sonnekus

Mr. Marnus Sonnekus has been appointed as an Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective July 1, 2018. Marnus is a chartered accountant with a strong and diverse background in private equity, management consulting and accounting. His career includes eight years with global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he gained exposure to several sectors and industries. He has been a director of Coast2Coast Capital for the past two years responsible for value creation, and recently resigned to join Ascendis. He will report to the group CEO Thomas Thomsen.

Cornelle Van Graan

Ms. Cornelle Van Graan serves as Head of Direct Selling for Ascendis Health (Pty) Ltd. She has experience in this sector having worked at Sara Lee Houshold and Body Care, as CFO and later MD of Avroy Schlain and as Sales Director at Table Charm. Since August 2011 she works as CEO for Sportron International and Regal and is a knowledgeable and charming asset to the Ascendis Holding team regarding any direct selling matters.

A. Sims

Mr. A. Sims is a Company Secretary of the Company. He was previously the financial director of a group subsidiary.

Johannes Sebulela

Mr. Johannes George Sebulela is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. George has a BA (Com) from the University of Fort Hare and a Diploma in Marketing. He has completed various leadership and development programmes including, inter alia, the INSEAD Advanced Management Program, The GIBS Leadership Development Programme and Board Development Program, as well as the WBS Principles of Business Management. George is currently the CEO of the Sebvest Group. He holds appointments as a non- executive director on seven boards, is a committee member of the JSE CEO Initiative, Secretary General of the Black Business Council and serves on the South African BRICS Business Council. He is the founder and president of the African Entrepreneurs Council.

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