Board of Directors
150 combined years of working experience from our executive management team.
Addington Chinake has been in practice since 1993, and has been with Kantor and Immerman legal practitioners since 1994. He became a Managing Partner in 2000, and is currently a Senior Partner. He has specialised in corporate and commercial law, including mining and competition law and all aspects of tax law and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and capital raising.
Addington is a former Non-Executive Director of four ZSE listed counters; and a trustee of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. He is a resource person to the Law Society of Zimbabwe, and a recognised mediator. He is a published contributor to the Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper (Annual Quoted Companies Survey), and The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Hand Book. He has acted for a significant number of Fortune 100 Companies who have operations in Zimbabwe and the region. He was involved in a number of significant FDI transactions, including handling a bank merger on the ZSE, the biggest single FDI investment by an investment bank in a Zimbabwean company and a number of other multi-million dollar acquisitions, which included disposals by foreign companies of equity in ZSE listed entities and greenfield mining projects.
Addington is a sought after Zimbabwe counsel by certain international law firms who are involved in Zimbabwean transactions and thus he has continued to attract important corporate mandates in Zimbabwe and within the SADC region.
An experienced operator with more than 38 years of experience across multiple markets and facets of business. Zimbabwean born and raised, Basil has been with Simbisa since its inception and is a founder shareholder. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Simbisa, Basil served as a Director on the Innscor Africa Limited Board.
Basil has an exceptional understanding of the African market as well as extensive operational knowledge of Simbisa’s business processes which has led to the instrumental success of the Group’s regional fast food expansion program.
Basil has also played a key role in establishing the Group’s culture and value system; and focuses his efforts on the growing and directing the quick service restaurant business in Zimbabwe and across the greater African region.
In his capacity as Group Chief Executive Officer, Basil has overall responsibility for the business.
Salim is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Salim joined Simbisa Brands Limited as Group Finance Director at its inception and led the unbundling of Innscor Africa Limited’s QSR business and subsequent listing of it on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, which resulted in the genesis of Simbisa Brands Limited.
Prior to joining Simbisa Brands Limited, Salim successfully co-founded and managed a leading capital markets advisory business in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Salim has varied international business experience from the United Kingdom and United States of America, where he worked at leading professional services firms, KPMG London and PwC New York.
Salim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town.
Born in Zimbabwe, Zinona (Zed) Koudounaris completed his tertiary education at Rhodes University in South Africa where he attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Business and Computer Sciences. Zed is a founder shareholder of Innscor. He was the driving force behind the initial creation and success of the Innscor’s core fast food brands. Zed has held a number of positions within Innscor, including Chief Executive Officer upon the Group’s listing in 1998. Zed remains highly active in pursuing strategic growth opportunities for the Group and providing guidance to its management team.
Amit is a seasoned professional with 18 years of varied experience. A Chartered Accountant and law graduate from India, he started his career with audit in 1997. Soon thereafter, he moved to tax advisory and litigation, representing clients at various appellate stages and at the High Court. Amit worked with the big four chartered accountants: KPMG, E&Y and PwC, in tax advisory, tax litigation and finally in Mergers and Acquisition and International tax structuring, as well as handling commercial law and advisory matters. He then joined Abax Corporate Services (‘Abax’) in 2009 as a Senior Executive. More recently, he started his own advisory firm, with focus on business consulting, including operational efficiency, structural efficiency, tax advisory and structuring commercial legal matters. He acted as Independent Director on the Board of several large companies and funds and continues to do so.
Johnny Tomazos a business graduate, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Food Fund International (FFI) since April 2013, after serving as Head of International Development. Johnny has been instrumental in leading the evolution and expansion of the company’s flagship steakhouse brand The Meat Co, Bentley Bistro & Bar and Eat Greek brands.
Before Johnny was CEO of FFI he spent time gaining practical experience in the food and hospitality industry. He worked in the scullery and kitchen and served guests at front of house. From there he went off to Australia and Europe, earning his way by taking casual jobs. He worked in Michelin-rated restaurants in Paris and later worked in 5-star hotels in London. It gave him invaluable insight into how a company can best meet the expectations of today’s well-informed restaurant clientele and this helped Johnny make huge strides with FFI's growth strategy by expanding into the UK, Middle East and Europe.
Manoli’s career in QSR started with his appointment in 1992 in the capacity of Training and Operations Manager at Steers Holdings (now Famous Brands). During his time at Famous Brands he was appointed into various brand leadership roles which included Regional Managing Director portfolio for the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Regions. Manoli’s current portfolio within Simbisa is that of Operations Director for the Region and is responsible for the operational and financial performance of the Quick Service Restaurant, Bakery Production, Wholesale and Retail, and Convenience Store businesses in Kenya, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with overseeing the growth in these markets and future potential markets.
Leighton is an MBA graduate with 25 years’ experience in Operations Management and Business Development within corporate environments in Africa, encompassing South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Leighton is the incumbent Director of Group Commercial Affairs, responsible for overall business performance analysis and commercial, legal and corporate governance matters.