Themba Ngcobo


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Mr THEMBA NGCOBO is a prominent business person in KwaZulu-Natal with a diverse business interest in the following sectors:

Stevedoring, operating in all Port in South Africa;

Commercial property developments;

Manufacturing of white metal bearings;

Dairy & beef farming

He is the former President and Vice President of the following organisations:

Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry;

South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry;


He currently serves on the following boards:

Business Partners Limited;

International Convention Centre:  ICC-Durban;

Artic Sun Property Developments

Mr Ngcobo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree as well as a Certificate in Petroleum Policy Management & Economics from the University of Witwatersrand.

He is a member of the following Council:

University of KwaZulu-Natal

He previously served on the following boards:

KwaZulu-Natal Tender Board

EXEL Petroleum (now SASOL)

Three Cities Hotel Group

uShaka Marine Theme Park

eThekwini Best Practice City Commission

Mr Ngcobo also owned and operated a number of successful service stations in and around Durban and is currently the Franchisee and Fuel Retail Licence Holder of two Service Stations.

John Aldaya


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Mr. Aldaya is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and joined the company in 1993 as a financial analyst, focusing on the evaluation and financing of various international development projects, including MIT.  Previously, he worked for Deloitte & Touche, focusing primarily on high visibility clients, including Microsoft.  


In 1996 Mr. Aldaya was promoted to controller and later in 2004 to vice president – finance and accounting, and was responsible for the company’s domestic and international financial reporting, financing international project developments, cash management, certain business development, along with the billing, credit, payroll and administrative IT departments.  He has also served on the Finance Committee for PierPass, an industry collaboration to improve air quality and traffic in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.  He currently serves on the board of directors for the company’s two Chilean joint ventures in San Antonio and San Vicente.


In July 2014, he was promoted to CFO and assumed overall responsibilities for the day to day functions related to the financial reporting for Carrix’s global operations, taxes, administrative IS support, accounting, audits, benefits and related items.

Knud Stubkjaer


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Mr. Stubkjaer joined Carrix in July 2012, having more than 35 years of prior experience in the Transportation, Terminal Operations and Logistics industry.

He commenced his career with the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group as a trainee in 1977 and obtained his shipping degree from the company’s International Shipping Academy. Subsequently, he held various positions within the Maersk organization, including international postings in Asia and Europe, among others heading the Maersk organization in Japan (based in Tokyo) and Maersk activities in Asia, Middle East and Oceania, (based in Singapore).


In 1999, he became Head of the Maersk Container Business worldwide (based in Copenhagen) and the same year became partner in A.P. Moller and an inaugural member of the Group Executive Board.

Mark Knudsen


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Mr. Knudsen joined Carrix in 2007 as vice president, Project Management and Development.


Prior to joining Carrix, he was deputy managing director, Seaport for the Port of Seattle.


He holds a Bachelor of Science, Oceanography, and a Masters, Marine Transportation, both from the University of Washington.


He has spent his entire career in the marine industry, including several years in commercial fishing operations in successive positions from deckhand to management.


He was with the Port of Seattle for twenty years where he was head of operations, leasing, maintenance and customer marketing.


At Carrix he has worked on various international and domestic projects to develop new terminal capacity.  In late 2012, he moved into the position of president, SSA Conventional. 


The conventional division includes terminal operations in multiple locations worldwide.

Gordon Hofman


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Mr. Hofman joined Carrix in 1998 after graduating from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Business Administration.


He began his career with Carrix as a job cost accountant, was promoted to Assistant Controller in 2001 and became Controller in 2004. In 2008 he was promoted to VP - Finance where his responsibilities include providing financial oversight for SSA Conventional, RMS, and Tideworks.


Mr. Hofman also leads the Company’s financial reporting group including coordinating domestic and international financial reporting, as well as the overall annual independent audits for Carrix and its domestic business units.

Jaime Neal


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Ms. Neal joined Carrix in 2007 as associate general counsel.  


She is a graduate of Western Washington University and Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.  


She was previously a corporate and finance attorney with the Seattle firms of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP and Stoel Rives, LLP.


In January 2011 she was promoted to vice president - finance and legal, and in July 2014 she was promoted to senior vice president and treasurer of the company.  


Ms. Neal currently oversees all of Carrix’s banking, financing, legal, government relations, as well as insurance and risk management functions and is involved with project developments and other transactional projects.

Thembi Kumalo


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Thembi holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Honours in Social Science (Majoring in industrial and Clinical Psychology) from University of KwaZulu Natal and Honours in Arts from University of Johannesburg.

She has been exposed to the following industries:

Power Utility (generation and distribution), FMCG, Chemical Manufacturing, Oil and Gas and Logistics and Materials Handling.

Her skills and competencies are Talent Management (attract, develop, perform and retain), Human Resources operations management (payroll, remuneration and benefits), diversity management, performance management, presentation and negotiation, union/ labour engagement, CCMA representation, policy and procedure formulation, employment and skills development.

Her passion for people and people engagement has developed over time and came because of having the conviction and understanding that we all have a positive contribution to make. That people are not defined by where they come from, but they are defined by their perspective to life and the choices they make. She tries to build relationships through authentic engagement and driving vision to achieve organizational objectives. Thembi can adapt positively to challenges that arise both personally and professionally.

Thembi has a proven record of responsibility, integrity, and commitment to company objectives. She focuses on the bigger picture, but also keeping her eye on the horizon, growing, and adapting organically. She believes in innovation and agility in responding to a volatile and unpredictable world.

She is respectful, resilient, ambitious, trustworthy, accountable, and passionate. She leads through mutual respect, honest communication, and trust. She keeps an eye on the bottom line, maintains a strong work ethic and governance. She has a healthy competitive attitude and thrive under authentic and mutual relationships. Thembi a is an excellent communicator with well- developed interpersonal skills, a team player and has the ability to form trusted relationships with superiors, subordinates as well as customers.

Linda Ngcobo


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Linda qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, she is the Managing Director of AQRate-KZN a Durban based B-BBEE verification agency.

Linda, obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Zululand, and her post-graduate degree at UKZN (previously University of Natal) with majors in Accounting, Taxation, Management Accounting and Auditing.

She then completed her training contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers. 
Linda has over 20 years work experience, having worked in various positions from junior to executive management. She started off her career in a junior position at Standard Bank, and progressed through various private sector companies including Tongaat Hullet, KPMG, Business partners, she also has some Public sector experience, working as CFO of the KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism, before venturing into her own business in some 12 years ago.
Linda’s core skill is in the area of accounting, finance and auditing, however through her career path, she has acquired and developed multi-disciplinary skills. Some of her soft-skills include analytical and decision making skills; communication skills; organizational and interpersonal skills; and leadership skills.