Two O&L executives resign

Sonja Thieme

The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group’s chief executive, Wessie van der Westhuizen, and chief culture officer, Sonja Thieme, have resigned with effect from the end of April.

O&L executive chairman Sven Thieme announced the resignations in an internal memo and said he accepted their decision.

The two executives resigned due to personal reasons, particularly the death of their only son in November 2022.

“The past four and a half years have been an extremely difficult and painful period in our personal lives,” the couple said in a media statement released by O&L yesterday.

Wessie van der Westhuizen

“We, therefore, appreciate having the authentic discussion with Sven, the executive chairman, and the care he displayed in respecting our wish to rearrange our priorities to have the necessary space to find peace for ourselves. This was not an easy decision, and our loyalty, passion and care for this group will always remain. Thank you for affording us the necessary space to find peace,” the two said.

The executive chairman extended his appreciation to the couple.

“As the O&L Group bids farewell to Wessie and Sonja in their current capacities, the O&L family stands united in offering comfort, compassion and solidarity to [them] as they embark on this new chapter of their lives. Their impact on the organisation has been profound, and their legacy will endure,” Sven Thieme said.

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