Grant Pattison was appointed CEO of Massmart Holdings Limited on the 1 July 2007,
only 9 years after a chance meeting with Mark Lamberti paved his route into Massmart
An electrical engineering graduate, Grant began his career as a management trainee at
Anglo American Group. Four years later he became a consultant, moving to the Monitor
Group. After two years Grant realised that consulting did not enable him to focus on
long term corporate prosperity, and was not compatible with his desire for a family. After
attending an interview for Affinity Logic, located in the same building as Massmart, he
bumped into Mark Lamberti. Mark Lamberti was looking for an executive assistant and
after successfully completing a three round interview process, in June 1998 Grant joined
Massmart as Executive Assistant to the Executive Chairman.
Since 1998 Grant has held various positions within the Group, including Managing Director of Massdiscounters and Chairman of Masscash. He was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2000, to the Board on 7 December 2004 and to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2005. In July 2006 he became Chief Executive Officer Designate, to succeed Mark Lamberti as CEO the following year.
Grant has recently also been appointed as Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa.
With 11 years experience working for Massmart, Grant has a solid understanding of the Group and has played an integral part in forming and leading its long-term strategy.
Grant is a family man who believes in the importance of work-life balance. He has a structured approach to his work, recognising the importance of prioritisation and delegation in his role. In his spare time, Grant loves to partake in water sports and has competed in the Midmar Mile on numerous occasions and on weekends enjoys water skiing and boating on the Vaal River