Leadership

Our expert leadership team is responsible for business success in key areas

Yinon Ben Anat
GM Diplomat South Africa
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Yinon Joined Diplomat in 2012. He first joined Diplomat Georgia where he served as CEO from 2012 – 2016. He also served as an advisor to the Diplomat Global Chairman and Diplomat Group CEO’s on business growth opportunities. Yinon has a demonstrated track record of executive leadership yielding significant revenues, profit and growth for global organizations. In 2017, Yinon was appointed CEO of Diplomat South Africa.
Garth Knott
CFO Diplomat South Africa
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Garth joined Diplomat South Africa in 2015. Previously, he was General Manager Pharm lifestyle and Tech at DHL. Before that, he served as CFO DHL Supply Chain Middle East & Africa. Garth’s experience also includes serving as Programme Director, Finance Shared Services for DHL, Financial Director for Kinesis Log (Pharm), Financial Director for Southern Sun, Financial and Logistics Director for Sun Cuisine Food and Financial Director for Williams Food.
Giorgi Chkheidze
Sales VP
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Giorgi joined Diplomat Georgia in 2008 as Head of Sales and remained in the position until 2015. He then relocated Diplomat South Africa initially as Head of the T3 Sales Department, and since 2017 as Head of the Field Sales Department.
Sean Riley
COO
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Sean joined Diplomat South Africa in 2018. Previously, Sean held the position of Supply Chain Executive for Masscash, a division of Massmart. Prior to this, Sean held the role of COO for Transnova, a logistics advisory and transportation management system company. Before that, he also held the position of Director of Operations for L'Oreal Southern Africa with responsibility for Sub-Saharan supply chain activities. Sean also has valuable experience in consulting, systems integration and information technology, having held senior management positions at Super Group, Accenture and Dimension Data.
Tracey Palmer
HOD - HR
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Tracey joined Diplomat South Africa in 2014 as Head of the Shared Services Department, overseeing the Merchandising and Telesales functions and from 2016 the Customer Care Centre. In March 2017 She moved from Sales to HR and took up the role of Head of the HR Department.
Uri Lapidot
Head of Commercial Department
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Uri joined Diplomat South Africa in 2017 as Head of Commercial with 11 years’ experience in various sales roles in Diplomat Israel. He lead as National Sales manager – Food Division from Oct 2014 till his relocation in April 2017. Uri has Championed innovation in developing programs working with international vendors such as - P&G, MDLZ, JDE & Duracell. He has strong interpersonal skills which are leveraged at different levels with customers. Uri has a Honours degree in Bachelor of Faculty of Humanities from University of Tel Aviv
Deidre Koekemoer
Head of IT
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With over 25 years’ experience in Multi-national companies in IT, I started with Diplomat in 2015 heading up the IT Department. My main objective is to meet the local and global IT Requirement and steer the department towards best in class technology in line with our strategy.
Deon Morgan
Head of Sales & Merchandising
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Deon joined Diplomat in 2013. He started as the National Sales Manager for the Non-Food Department looking after Merchandising and Sales. He was then promoted to Head of Sales Tier 2 Food in 2015. This was followed by the role of Head of Trade Activation and Category planning. In 2019, Deon was appointed Head of Sales & Merchandising with the Tier 2 sales team and the merchandising structures reporting to him.