Executive directors

  • Bernard Larry Berson

    Bernard Larry Berson

    Chief executive officer
    Age:
    52
    Qualifications:
    Australian CA
    Appointed:
    March 10 2016
    Board committee: 
    Acquisitions; Social and ethics committee

    After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Bernard joined Bidvest in South Africa in 1990, as the financial director of the Packaging and Strapping division. Bernard then moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1993, and worked in a financial role in an aged care development business and then in a home fabrics distribution company. After immigrating to Sydney in early 1996, Bernard rejoined Bidvest, who had just bought into Manettas Limited, their first foray out of South Africa. Bernard has been involved in all aspects of the development of Bidvest’s business in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and in 2010 assumed responsibility as CEO of Bidvest’s global foodservice business, including its operations in the UK and Europe. During the past 20 years with Bidvest’s foodservice business, Bernard has been involved in all acquisitions and strategic direction setting of the business. Bernard was appointed to the role of Bid Corporation Limited chief executive on April 14 2016.

  • David Edward Cleasby

    David Edward Cleasby

    Chief financial officer
    Age:
    55
    Qualifications:
    CA(SA)
    Appointed:
    September 12 2007
    Board committee: 
    Acquisitions committee

    David was financial director of Rennies Terminals when Bidvest acquired Rennies group in 1998. In 2001, he joined the Bidvest corporate office where he was involved in both group corporate finance and investor relations. David was appointed as Bidvest financial director on July 9 2007. David also managed Bidvest’s interests in the investments made by the group over the years. David was appointed as chief financial officer of Bid Corporation Limited on April 14 2016.