Capespan Group has "regretfully announced" the retirement of Johan Dique as group managing director following recent health challenges.
Dique, who has been MD for the past five years and has played a significant role in the restructuring and turnaround of Capespan’s business, will stand down on 30 June.
According to the group, Dique was key to Zeder’s decision over this period to materially increase its investment in Capespan, and the company extended its "utmost appreciation" for his dedication and commitment to Capespan during his term.
“I have recently faced some personal medical challenges," Dique explained. "I also know that Capespan needs hands-on and active leadership in taking it to the next level of establishing itself as the preferred service provider in the fresh fruit and logistics industries.
"I remain excited about Capespan’s prospects for the future, but after much thought and deliberation with those closest to me, I believe that Capespan’s road ahead will best be served through new leadership.”
After consultation, the board has appointed Tonie Fuchs to take over from Dique on 1 July 2016.
Fuchs is a qualified attorney by trade and, before joining Capespan, he served as the chief operating officer of Thembeka Capital Limited, a private equity investment company.
He joined Capespan Group in 2013 as executive assistant to the Group MD. He is a member of the group executive committee and serves on various group boards. For the last three years Tonie has been instrumental in the repositioning and expansions within all three of Capespan’s operating divisions, namely Fruit, Logistics and Farms.
"We are confident that Capespan remains in strong leadership hands and confirm both Zeder and the Capespan board’s commitment and support to Tonie and the entire Capespan team going forward," the group noted.