Chairman of Pick n Pay Stores Limited, and Vice Co-Chair of The Consumer Goods Forum
Gareth Ackerman is non-executive chairman of retail chain Pick n Pay Stores Ltd, a position he has held since March 2010. In February 2012, he became executive chairman for the period leading up to the appointment of a new Chief Executive, a position responsible for the strategic direction of the company. The Pick n Pay Group is one of Africa’s largest and most successful retailers with operations in South Africa and southern Africa as far as Zambia in the north and Mauritius in the east.
Prior to this position, he was chairman of Pick n Pay Holdings Ltd (Pikwik) and remains a member of the Pikwik Board.
Gareth was nominated in the top 50 family-led companies compiled by Campden FB/Ernst & Young, based on how crucial they had been to the successful running of the business in the past five years.
Gareth Ackerman has many years of experience in the retail industry. In his early career with Pick n Pay, he held various roles, including setting up its Australian operations and serving as managing director of Blue Ribbon Butcheries before his appointment in 1992 as joint managing director of the Pick n Pay Group. He is a member of the board of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and co-chairman of its knowledge pillar.
He is also chairman and co-founder of Pleiad Capital Management, which engages in private equity investment and corporate finance and strategic consulting advisory activities.
He is a trustee of the Ackerman and Pick n Pay Foundations, which engage in philanthropic and charitable activities, former Co-Chair and current Vice Co-Chair of The Consumer Goods Forum.
A passionate contributor to the issue of global food security and sustainable development, Gareth Ackerman has a social sciences degree from the University of Cape Town and a post-graduate business diploma from the University of Oxford. He is a tutor at Oxford University’s Saϊd Business School, of which he is an associate fellow and is on their executive education advisory board. He has lectured at universities in the Netherlands, South Africa and the US and has given a number of presentations at other international conferences.