Serving oil, gas, mining and heavy industry in Africa and beyond


Board Of Directors

Regis Head Office | Mauritius
Tel: +(230) 483 4700

David Sean O’Connor (South African)

David founded the Regis Group and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Regis. Before that, he gained experience in the Civil Engineering trade, specialising in explosives and air compressors. Later he moved to the steel trade and became involved with export sales to all southern African countries. He capitalised on that experience to launch Regis Trading International in 1992. From this trading platform, supplying the Non-Governmental Organisations and the oil industry, he went one to create Regis Holdings, a successful multidisciplinary group employing close to 100 people in 5 different countries.

Olivier Bernard (French)

Olivier is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Regis Group of companies. In the past he worked for SONILS (SONANGOL group) in Angola, BJ Services (BAKER) in the UK and for Schlumberger in various locations in Africa and Europe.

Ian Andrew Chambers (South African)

Ian is the founder of Ian Chambers Consulting and is an international tax expert having headed the tax department of Routleges and also the Structured Finance and Project Finance departments of Credit Agricole Indosuez. Ian was also a tax partner at FHS South Africa. Ian is the author and co-author of several tax books and is regarded as one of the best tax advisors in the sub-Saharan region.

Phillip Pettersen (South African)

Phillip is a qualified Chartered Director (SA) and currently serves on 3 boards as a professional Non-Executive Director, the largest of these being Africa Reinsurance Corporation of South Africa (ARCSA) with turnover in excess of US$150m. In addition, in 2013 he was retained as an Executive Consultant to NMG Benefits (an International Employee Benefits organisation). He has acquired significant experience in corporate governance and risk management arenas. He has held MD positions in South Africa, Bermuda and the UK. Mr Pettersen is a confident leader and Chair with 10 years of experience as a Non-Executive Director having served on audit, risk and underwriting committees. He has also served on social and ethics committees, as well as compensation committees on 7 insurance licensees.

Keith Norman Grunow (Mauritian)

Keith is a strategic investor in niche business opportunities. He has also invested in companies engaged in property development and leisure activities. He serves as a director on a number of private equity companies and property development companies. He has been involved in the placement of bonds as well as in several M&As across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Monica Oliveira-Vilabril (Portuguese and South African)

Monica is an experienced operational executive and she brings to the board considerable experience in organisational development and further supports the growth of the group with her information technology expertise.