The PBE Group Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman
Peter Freeman

Mr. Peter Freeman has spent his working life involved almost entirely with the natural resources sector, and undertaken an enormous range of transactions for companies and governments. These include advice on equity raising, funding for major projects, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, asset disposals, government relations and regulatory issues, privatizations, bullion and trade financing, as well as general corporate advice.

After receiving degrees at Oxford and London Universities, Mr. Freeman spent eight years with Continental Illinois National Bank in Chicago and London, working mainly with the mining and metals processing industries.

In 1981, he joined N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd, eventually becoming a director within the corporate finance department, responsible for the natural resources sector. In 1988, he joined Warrior as one of the founding partners and following its sale to Standard Bank of South Africa in 1997, he agreed to stay on for three years. In 2000, he left to co-found London based Cutfield Freeman & Co. Ltd and continues to run the company as the Chief Executive Officer.

Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Champion de Crespigny

Mr. Stuart Champion de Crespigny became the Chief Executive Officer of PBE in April 2011 after completing the acquisition of PBE through his investment company Vierville Capital LLC which he founded in 2009 with the purpose of acquiring growing businesses with strong management in attractive industries.

Prior to founding Vierville Capital, Mr. Champion de Crespigny worked in investment banking for the Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG) in Sydney, Australia and London, United Kingdom. His background is in acquiring stable cash flow companies for Macquarie and their specialist funds and in raising equity and debt for Macquarie specialist funds and external clients. Key transactions involved the acquisition and sale of companies for Macquarie, recapitalizations, leveraged buyout transactions, business separation, private placements, initial public offerings and follow-on offerings.

Mr. Champion de Crespigny holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honors and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in accounting, from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Mrs. Belle de Bruin is CEO of Indofin Group, a globally operating investment group. Founded  in 1968, the company is privately owned by its founding family (De Bruin) and is proud of its private and independent character, whereby the founders continue to play and active role.

Mrs. De Bruin has a lot of experience in International M&A and has worked on transactions such as Indofin’s acquisition of Royal IHC (a manufacturer of dredging and offshore equipment with revenue of over €1 billion). She is currently member of the board of Royal IHC   Other board positions include Gram Car Carriers Holdings PTE.LTD. (a supplier to the world’s major operators of sea-borne vehicle transportation), Net Display Systems B.V. (digital signage software),and  DPW Van Stolk Holding B.V. (timber group specialised in import, export, processing and distribution of hardwood and hardwood products).

In addition to originating and closing transactions, Mrs. De Bruin has been involved in the management of portfolio companies in matters of strategy and efficiency. For instance, after the acquisition of Royal IHC in 2005 she lead a team that scrutinized every aspect of the company and redefined its strategy.

Mrs. De Bruin has a degree in Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Mr. Robert Champion de Crespigny A.C. is an Australian businessman currently residing in the United Kingdom. He was the founder and former Executive Chairman of Normandy Mining Limited from 1985 until its merger in 2002 with Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM).  At the time of the merger Normandy Mining was Australia's largest gold entity and in the top five gold companies in the world. He has served as Chancellor of The University of Adelaide, Chairman of the Economic Development Board of South Australia, Advisor to the Executive Committee of the South Australian Cabinet, Chairman of the South Australian Museum and Non-Executive Chairman of a number of publicly listed Australian companies. He has acted as Australia's representative on the Commonwealth's Expert Group on Democracy and Development, Chairman of the Australian Gold Council, and also as a Member of the Federal Government’s Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the Business Council of Australia, the Minerals Council of Australia, and the National Gallery of Australia.

Over the years he has received several awards recognizing his contribution to Australian business and the community, in particular the Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest honor. The University of Adelaide also awarded him a Doctorate for his services to the University.

Mr. Champion de Crespigny is currently the Chairman of the C|T Group.

Rod Beeler
Mr. Beeler worked with Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) for 31 years in numerous locations globally, including Perth, Sydney, Geneva and Singapore. He was primarily involved in sales and marketing, with a particular focus on helping Caterpillar dealers improve their businesses. For the last 6 years at Caterpillar, Mr. Beeler served as a Vice President at Caterpillar, most recently the Vice President of Marketing and Product Support. For 4.5 years Mr. Beeler was in Singapore and responsible for all of the Prime Product and Product Support sales for all of the Asia Pacific (Korea, China, SE Asia, India, Australia, and New Zealand).  As a member of the Caterpillar Strategic Planning Committee, Mr. Beeler was particularly involved with corporate strategy development and implementation. 

Mr. Beeler also holds the position of Vice Chairman of Basin Rentals, a company focused on building an asset rental business for the oil and gas industry globally.
Mr. Beeler's appointment to The PBE Group Board of Directors is an exciting development for the Group and adds another accomplished individual to the Board who shares PBE’s passion for mining and mining safety.

Mr. Steven Lefkowitz is an American businessman residing in New York. He is currently the Managing Partner of SML Capital Partners, a private equity firm he founded in 2015.  SML seeks investment opportunities with high growth potential, focusing on significant capital appreciation by helping businesses grow organically and through strategic acquisitions.

Most recently, he was President and COO of CI Capital Partners – a New York-based private equity firm specializing in middle market private equity investments, with approximately $2 billion in assets under management. Steve co-founded the firm in 1993 and until his departure from CI in 2014, as part of the executive team, oversaw 150 acquisitions representing $7 billion in enterprise value. 

Mr. Lefkowitz is currently Chairman of the Board of Corfin Industries – a defense electronics company acquired by SML Capital in 2015. His civic affiliations include serving on the board of advisors of Northwestern's school of education, the national board of The Posse Foundation, the New York board of overseers of the Hebrew Union College, the board of the Solelim Philanthropic Venture Fund, the US board of the Jewish Museum Berlin, as well as several other civic and political organizations. He received a B.A. (Economics) from Northwestern University in 1986 and a M.M (Finance & Accounting) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1987.