Executive Chairman, KLM Group
Paul Setati is the original entrepreneur, not satisfied with a professional career that spanned Anglo American, MiTek and GangNail, he decided to venture away from the architectural industry and into business in 1990.
He spotted opportunities for Tiger brands (Albany Bakeries) and Clover to move their products into the townships, specifically Alexandra and Tembisa and convinced them he would ensure that their products and profits were safe. The business thrived and became the cornerstone for the group of companies that exists today.
The entrepreneurial spirit continued in the mid-90s with forays into the energy sector via Engen Filling Stations, Fast-Food Franchises via Chicken Lickens and many more.
Paul founded KLM Setati Food Services in 2002, after noticing that the catering industry was in need of a reliable service provider with strong credentials. KLM Setati has now firmly established itself as a supplier to schools, hospitals, canteens and kitchens all over South Africa.
Later on, he sought to modernise the business and developed a growth strategy that was pioneered by the bolt-on acquisition of Trojan Food Manufacturers.
Paul is still active in the business. He enjoys hobbies such as jogging, reading and taking up his role as an elder at the church.
Director, KLM Group
B.Bus.Sci (Economics & Finance)(UCT)
Kwena Setati serves as the operator in the group. After having completed business studies in investments he joined JPMorgan Investment Bank on the derivatives desk working on a range of structures and hedging solutions across multiple asset classes. In dealing with an institutional client base comprised of large listed and unlisted funds, he quickly became offay with risk management.
It was not long that his father requested that he come and use his skill set to develop and grow the family group of businesses sustainably. He immediately went about re-energising the business, adding a fresh edge in terms of structure, governance and growth.
He currently serves a dual role by overseeing operations while sitting on the boards of some of the family-owned companies in a strategic role. His main objective is to continue the legacy of growth and establish a superior black-owned food group which manufactures quality branded products and provides excellent services to businesses and consumers all over Africa.
His keen interests are reading, gym, golf, food & wine tasting and music.
Group Finance, KLM Group
B.Com (Fin. Management), CIMA DipMA
Wellington started his working career in 1998 after completing high school. He had gained extensive experience working in finance teams of organisations in the following industries: Insurance, Real Estate, Freight Forwarding and Logistics, FMCG, Investments and Wealth Management. He has also served as a Forensic Investigator at KPMG Chartered Accountants.
Group HR, KLM Group
Neels has 10 year’s experience specialising in the field of Human Resource Managment and Labour Relations. After completing a BCom degree at the University of Pretoria, he spent five years working as a Contract Manager at Pretoria-based labour broker, Valorem Personnel Services, before taking up the position of Operations Manager at Sizeka Business Solutions, the HR division of Supergroup Supply Chain.
Neels joined KLM Group July 2012, to ensure the efficient management of the HR function. He has extensive expertise in providing a variety of integrated Human Resource solutions. He specialises in Labour Relations-based services, including Payroll and Benefit Administration, Policy Formulation and Implementation, Collective Bargaining, Discipline, and Dispute Resolution.
Group Logistics, KLM Group
Neels has gained experience through his working career in a number of logistics management positions. He has a knack for monitoring changes and trends in supply chain and planning.
His CV includes positions at Femech warehouse Vereeniging as Supervisor and then despatch manager; then Samcor warehouse in Silverton as Despatch and receiving manager. Neels also spent years at EPX Couriers’ warehouse and distribution centre as Operations and Regional Manager. At Courier and Freight Group in Isando he was National Fleet manager. At Maxiprest tyre he was Branch Manager in Randburg. At Danco Steel in Vereeniging, Neels served as Logisitics Manager for a number of years.