Appointment of CEO and Board Changes

RNS Number : 1709W
21 April 2021 

Agriterra Limited (‘Agriterra’ or the ‘Company’)
Agriterra Ltd / Ticker: AGTA / Index: AIM / Sector: Agriculture

Agriterra Limited, the AIM listed African agricultural company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rui Sant’ana Afonso to the position of Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of the Company, with immediate effect.  

Mr. Sant’ana Afonso is a Mozambican citizen, who resides in Mozambique, and has been working with the Company since March 2020 as CEO designate. Previously he was Executive Director for Mozambique of AgDevCo for 6 years and, prior to that, worked as Director of Operations for G4S in Mozambique.  In addition, he gained significant supply chain and logistics experience through his role as Bulk Cargo Manager at the Port of Maputo, where he worked for 6 years.

Mr. Sant’ana Afonso has a BSc in Agriculture and an MSC in Agricultural Economics and has held non-executive directorships in various companies in the food commodity sector in Mozambique.

Mr. Sant’ana Afonso brings to the role significant experience in the management and development of companies in the agricultural sector in Mozambique and, having worked with the Company for the last year, it expects to continue to benefit from his strong management skills.

Caroline Havers, the current Executive Chair, will move to the role of Non-Executive Chair as a result of the appointment of Mr. Sant’ana Afonso.

Caroline Havers commented:

“I, and the whole Board, are delighted to formally welcome Mr. Sant’ana Afonso to the position of Chief Executive Officer and also as a member of the Board. We have worked well together over the last year and I know that living in Mozambique, with his strong skill set, he will bring much to the Company.”

Additional Information on the Directorate Appointment

The following additional information is provided in accordance with AIM Rule 17 and paragraph (g) of Schedule Two of the AIM Rules for Companies.

Rui Carlos Singh Sant’ana Afonso, aged 47

Current Directorships/PartnershipsDirectorships/Partnerships held within the past five (5) years
Santanarcs Advisory and Consulting Services
Mozambique Kiteboarding Association
Associação Comercio, Industria e Servios

Montesco SA
Fundação Clarisse Muchanguana
Eco Farm Mauritius Ltd
Westfalia Mauritius
Empresa de Comercializa‹o Agricola Limitada
Citrinos do Umbeluzi SA
Transurban Africa Limited
Associa‹o Comercio, Industria e Serviços*
Africa Agricultural Development Company Moçambique, Limitada** 


* Mr. Sant’ana Afonso was previously a Non-Executive Director of Associa‹o Comercio, Industria e Servios between 2017 and 2019, before being re-appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2021.

** UK Companies House records indicate that Mr. Sant’ana Afonso is an active director of Africa Agricultural Development Company Moambique, Limitada, however he resigned from such directorship in September 2019 and, accordingly, steps are being taken to make/update the relevant filings.

Mr. Sant’ana Afonso has no direct or indirect interest in the Company’s issued share capital.

Other than the information contained within this announcement, there is no further information required to be disclosed under Rule 17 and Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules.