Board of directors

Alan R Burke
Founder and Chairman
Non-executive Director

Alan founded ARB in 1980 in Richards Bay and has been the driving force behind its success to date. Alan has played and integral part in formulating and implementing the groups strategy and remains ARB’s largest shareholder. Alan trained as an apprentice electrician, which proved to be the springboard for his involvement in the electrical wholesale industry.
Blayne Burke
B.Comm (Hons)
Group CEO
Years of service to the Group: 13 years

Blayne graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce in December 2004, followed by an Honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management in 2005. On completion of his studies, Blayne worked in the banking sector in both the USA and the UK. In March 2008 he joined ARB Electrical Wholesalers as credit risk manager, responsible for the approval of new accounts as well as the maintenance of the existing debtors’ book. In December of the same year, he moved to Gauteng to take over the management of the largest branch in the group. In July 2011 Blayne was promoted to director of procurement and moved to ARB Electrical Wholesalers’ head office in Durban where he was responsible for the centralisation of the company’s procurement systems and processes. A year later, Blayne was promoted to COO of the business upon the resignation of Craig Robertson and became CEO in December 2012. Since then he has led ARB Electrical Wholesalers through the expansion of the branch network, numerous acquisitions and business integrations and the establishment of new operating divisions within the business. He was appointed to the board of ARB Holdings in July 2021.
William "Billy" Neasham
Years of service to the Group: 20 years

Billy qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and has been involved with ARB Electrical Wholesalers since 1988 as the audit partner and professional advisor, initially with KPMG, and then with Griffith & Aiken. Billy joined ARB in June 2000 as the financial director responsible for the high level of financial discipline instilled throughout the group, a position he held until he was appointed as CEO in February 2015.
Mike Teke
BA (Ed), BEd, BA (Hons), MBA
Non-executive director

Mike Teke is the founding member, chairman and controlling shareholder of the Masimong Group and is currently the CEO of Seriti Resources Holdings. From his beginnings in education to his career in Human Resources he has gained extensive experience in people and business management in BHP and Impala, as well as CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings (prior to it being taken over by Glencore). Mike serves as Chair/Non-Executive Director at the Anchor Group, Rofles Holdings and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. He is also a past president of the Minerals Council South Africa and serves on the Council of the Minerals Council. In keeping with his passion to leave a legacy for the next generation, Mike serves as chairperson of council at the University of Johannesburg.
Logamal Ramiah
B.Com, B.Com (Hons), CA(SA), CFO(SA)
Non-executive alternate director to Mike Teke

Logamal’s is currently CEO of Masimong Group Holdings, a director on various unlisted investments and chairperson of the Masimong Foundation. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC within the banking and capital markets division, and later moved into the valuations and strategy division. She has gained a wealth of experience both local and international in these roles and previous CFO roles of 2 unlisted companies namely, Netsurit and Optimi. Logamal’s passion to empower and uplift and has since lead her to being named SAICA ‘Top 35 Under 35’ and CEO Global ‘Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government’.
Christopher S Seabrooke
B.Com, B.Acc, MBA, FCMA
Non-executive director

Chris is the founder and CEO of JSE listed Sabvest Capital Limited. He has been a director of over 25 listed companies over the years including Brait, Datatec, Massmart, Primedia and Net1, and currently Metrofile and Transaction Capital. He is also a director of numerous unlisted companies locally and internationally. He is a former Chairman of the South African State Theatre and former Deputy Chairman of the National Arts Council and Business Arts South Africa (BASA).
Leon Rood
Non-executive alternate director to Chris Seabrooke

Leon is an executive director of JSE listed Sabvest Capital Limited and a director of various listed and unlisted companies, both locally and internationally. In addition to being an admitted attorney, Leon holds certificates and diplomas in advanced taxation, corporate and securities law and international taxation. Formerly Leon was a senior director of Werksmans Attorneys and also held various positions with Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and KPMG. His wide ranging legal and commercial, business, experience includes investments, acquisitions and funding structuring, for implementation locally and internationally.