Management Team


Warren Schewitz – CEO and Founder

Warren Schewitz has over a decade of experience in business to business online auctions.  As founding management of OpenLane, Warren was part of the core team which grew the business to be the largest online B2B marketplace for used cars in North America .  Here Warren was responsible for the analysis, start up and execution of business model from inception to approx. $100 million in revenue.  Warren had extensive Financial, Operational and M&A responsibilities and was ultimately operationally responsible for over 50% of the company’s revenues including the development and management of the associated operations, logistics and customer relations to support this business. At OpenLane, Warren originated and executed on the acquisition and successful integration of web based shipping solution CarsArrive Network. CarsArrive has grown tenfold since the acquisition in 2007 and today transports over 200,000 vehicles per annum through a network of 3,000 carriers.  OpenLane was acquired by publicly traded KAR Holdings in August, 2011. In 2009, Warren formed Hedge Fund Sedgefield Capital with seed capital provided by a New York investor group. Warren returned with his family back to South Africa in 2011 and commenced with the launch of Clear Asset in early 2012.

 

   
Ariella Kuper – Managing Director and Founder
 

Ariella was an international steel trader for Macsteel for 8.5 years including several years as a senior trader responsible for countries in South America including Colombia and Panama reporting to head office in the UK. Having entered the auction sector whilst a student at Wits working part time at art auction house Stephan Welz & Co (in Association with Sotheby’s at the time), Ariella again returned to the auction industry shortly after her return to South Africa in 2007. Her academic achievements include a BA Joint Honours in Economics from Wits (with Majors in Art History & Italian), an MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business where she was Class President, and an exchange Scholarship to Columbia Business School (NY, USA).

Ariella has been the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • The Graduate School Of Business (UCT) MBA Director’s Award 2009
  • The highly acclaimed Business Women’s Association (BWA) Western Cape Corporate Business Achiever Award 2010 in Association with Nedbank
  • A finalist in the CEO Communication’s “SA’s Most Influential Women in Power & Government Award 2012"

On a business front in the auctions sector, under her guidance, Ariella’s previous company aggressively grew its corporate database including petroleum site sales (over R100 million division), and capital asset sales including a submarine, a diamond mining ship sold from Namibia to Russia and a Lear jet which was sold to the USA. Her understanding of metals and niche moveable assets helped the company secure exclusive agreements with several listed mines for the effective disposal of their redundant assets over 3 year periods.

Just before co-founding Clear Asset, Ariella’s most recent venture included launching an online platform, securing blue chip listed entities to sell their surplus mining stock through an online auction platform.

 

Sipho Mofokeng – Director

Sipho Mofokeng has seventeen years’ experience in exploration and mining industry. For a period of four years he was a Director of Exploration and Project Development at the JSE-listed Mvelaphanda Resources Limited.

He spent 11 years with the De Beers Group of companies as an exploration geologist responsible for the development and execution of green field’s exploration projects from conceptual/targeting to discovery stage, mainly in Southern Africa. He also spent time in the De Beers GeoScience Centre which provided analytical and geological interpretation services to De Beers’ global exploration ventures.

Sipho also served as a senior manager at the Business Development and Government Relations department at De Beers’ Corporate Head Office. He left De Beers as Regional Exploration Manager for Southern Africa. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Identity Mineral Resources (Pty) Ltd, a company he co-founded. He is a registered Professional Natural Scientist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa.

 

Lumka Mlambo – Director

Lumka has over ten years of Corporate Finance and Investment banking experience having worked at JPMorgan both in London and South Africa. Lumka Mlambo is a lead transactor in the investment and advisory business of Identity Partners.

Whilst at JPMorgan in London, Lumka spent four years in the Consumer, Healthcare and Retail coverage team. Upon returning to South Africa in 2006, Lumka joined the general investment banking team of JPMorgan in Johannesburg, working on various M&A, IPO's, Private Equity and BEE transactions.

She joined Identity Partners in her role as Associate in early 2009, where her focus is primarily the execution of own balance sheet deals and corporate finance advisory mandates. Her qualifications include a B.Com degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Wits Business School. Lumka sits on numerous boards for Identity Partners' investment companies and is a Trustee on the Legal Resources Trust.

 

Neels Olivier – Operations Director

Neels Olivier has nearly two decades of sales and operations experience in the Earthmoving and Construction equipment market. Having spent time at both Rio Carb and Macsteel as Area Sales Manager he focussed on servicing the Mining, Engineering and Construction sectors in South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Prior to that Neels oversaw the Northwest Province and Free State customers for Terex Africa in the sales and service delivery of Construction, Mining and Earthmoving Equipment. As Operations Director for Clear Asset Neels provides on the ground management of all pre-sale and post-sale auction management including Cataloguing, Inspection, Valuations and dedicated customer account management.