Following a very successful 2015 which saw the Defence Group double earnings for the third successive year the Chairman, Gordon Blackbeard and CEO, Terence Dumont, decided to expand the Board of Directors in the early part of 2016.

This expansion is also part of a well thought-out succession plan addressing the Exco Board, expansion of technology development and implementation of major production exports.

The expansion saw the first two female directors invited to the AMMS board – Caren Jordaan was promoted from Financial Manager to Group Financial Director and Ginette Blackbeard was promoted from Operations Manager to Director and General Manager of AME.

Caren completed her Bachelor of Accounting degree at the University of Stellenbosch and attained an Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science degree through the University of South Africa. She passed the Board Exams and qualified as a CA (SA) in 2005. After qualifying Caren gained valuable experience in financial management in various industries including manufacturing and retail. Her no-nonsense attitude and savvy financial management and planning has earned her a well-deserved place on the board. She now oversees the full financial function of Defence Division within the Atlantis group of companies.

Ginette’s background was largely in marketing and advertising prior to joining Atlantis in 2014. She co-owned and ran a successful advertising agency for 10 years focusing on the real estate industry and had the pleasure of working with premium clients such as the V&A Waterfront and One&Only before deciding it was time for a change of direction. Since joining the company, she has continued her studies at Stellenbosch University’s Business School and was awarded the Directors Award for best student of her class in 2015. In parallel her performance of establishing a manufacturing logistics hub proved she’s definitely a competent force to be reckoned with.