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Arnold, Millard

Millard Arnold is a lawyer, businessman, former diplomat, professor of law, journalist, lecturer, actor, author, poet, artist and prize-winning photographer, who has exhibited his works in London, New York, Washington and Johannesburg.

He currently serves as an Executive Director of Murray & Roberts, a South African based engineering, design and construction company, with global operations. He is listed in the Financial Mail’s “Little Black Book” as one of South Africa’s most influential business leaders, and serves as a member of Council to the University of South Africa and as the co-Chairman of the University of South Africa Foundation. He is Chairman of the Tactic Group and was previous Executive Chairman of Black & Veatch Africa, a U.S. multinational engineering firm specialising in primary infrastructure development.

Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Arnold served the United States Government as the first ever Minister Counsellor for Commercial Affairs for the Southern Africa region, an appointment made by the late Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown. The Secretary of Commerce is only permitted one such Ambassadorial-level appointment worldwide.

Preceding his appointment, he served as a policy advisor to the government and business community of Botswana on private sector development. He has served in a similar capacity in Mozambique. Arnold has been a partner in the Washington based law firm of Land, Lemle and Arnold, was the managing principal of Associates International, and Professor of Law at Touro Law School in New York where he taught Constitutional Law, International Business Transactions and Jurisprudence. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School.

From 1989 to 1991, Arnold was a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he focused on issues related to Africa in the 1990s. His article "Engaging South Africa After Apartheid” which appeared in the summer, 1992 edition of Foreign Policy magazine, one of the leading American journals on foreign affairs, was one of the foundations of the Clinton Administration’s policy towards Southern Africa.

Arnold was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs during the Carter Administration, was director of the Nigerian-U.S. Business Council, served on the board of directors of business and non-governmental organizations and was a consultant to numerous leading U.S. corporations. Arnold has testified before the United Nations, the U.S. House of Representatives, lectured and spoken widely before universities and business associations, and been the keynote speaker for such diverse groups as the National Geographic Society and Rotary International.

Arnold began his professional career in public relations for Howard University. He was a former journalist with the Washington Post newspaper, and subsequently, joined the Wall Street law firm of Shearman & Sterling, where he concentrated on issues pertaining to international bank financing and general corporate law.

Arnold received his Jurist Doctorate, degree from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he also studied at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Study, and The London School of Economics. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Howard University, where he graduated, Magna Cum Laude in Government and was accepted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society.


Millard Arnold has lectured extensively throughout Africa on such subjects as "The Role of the Private Sector in African Economic Development," "Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy," and "U.S. Policy Towards Southern Africa". Speaking assignments have included the following nations: Botswana, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Togo, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Speaking engagements in the United States have included: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The World Affairs Council of Wilmington, Delaware, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Foreign Service Institute, The Air University War College, The National Geographic Society, The American Management Association, Harvard University, Princeton University, John Hopkins School of Advance International Study, American University, Catholic University, University of Virginia, University of Cincinnati, Gettysburg College, Indiana University, Howard University, Villanova University, Georgetown University, University of Bridgeport, Boston College, Yale University, Touro College, Tulane University, Weidner Law School, West Point Military Academy.


On behalf of M-Net SuperSport, did the colour commentary for Super Bowl XXX, January, 1996. He has been a special guest on Summit TV, CNBC and WHUR-TV in Washington, D.C., and twice appeared on Worldnet, the global television station of the United States Information Agency to discuss “Democratisation” and “Political Parties”. He has been extensively Interviewed on camera with respect to foreign policy and business related issues for the broadcast media in the United States, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Mauritius, among others. Has been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, the Christian Science Monitor Radio and the Voice of America. He was the principal consultant to the National Geographic Society’s 1992 film,”South Africa After Apartheid”.

Cinema and Television

Arnold appeared as “Doc Brodus” in the Michael Mann movie, “ALI” in which both Will Smith and John Voight were nominated for Academy Awards. Other film work includes the role of Dr. Tony Parrish in the movie “Borderline,” Ambassador Richard Mason in the film “Rough” and as Rick Wesley in the film “A Critical Assignment”, and has made guest appearances in the television series, Jozi Streets and most recently played Spike Mohale in the television series, Backstage.


“Images” a one-person photography show held at the Ronald H. Brown Center, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1999; First place, Colour Photography, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; First place Colour Photography, Kalorama Art Gallery, Washington, D.C., photographic works have also been published in the Washington Post Newspaper and exhibited at the National Geographic Society.


Millard Arnold has published two books on Steve Biko, the South African political activist that was killed in police detention. Steve Biko: Black Consciousness in South Africa was published in 1978 by Random House in the United States, and No Fears Expressed was published in 1987 by Skotaville Press in South Africa.

In addition, Arnold has published several works of poetry, was a journalist for the Washington Post newspaper and has published articles in major journals and newspapers around the world including Foreign Policy magazine, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the International Herald Tribune and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Millard Arnold is an abstract artist, who paintings have been exhibited in London, Washington and Johannesburg.


Jurist Doctorate, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 1971-1974
Independent Studies, The London School of Economics
University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies 1971-1972
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude Howard University, Washington, D.C. 1969-1971



Pretorius, Brand

Brand Pretorius was born on 15 February 1948 in Steynsrus in the Free State. He matriculated at Kroonstad High School and obtained his M.Com degree in Business Economics at the University of the Free State in 1972.

His business career had its origin at Toyota South Africa in March 1973. Following a number of management positions in research, planning, sales and marketing, he was appointed managing director of Toyota SA Marketing in 1988. Under his guidance Toyota became the market leader in terms of both sales and customer satisfaction.

In March 1995 he joined South Africa’s largest motor retail group, McCarthy Motor Holdings, as chief executive. Effective October, 1999, he was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Limited, the holding company of McCarthy Motor Holdings. The group currently employs more than 7 500 people, has an annual turnover in excess of R20n and boasts extensive interests in vehicle imports and distribution, motor retailing, auctioneering, car rental, vehicle insurance and financing. It sells approximately 95 000 new and used vehicles annually and also distributes all Yamaha products in South Africa.

He currently serves on the board of the Bidvest Group Limited, of which McCarthy’s is a subsidiary, and is also on the board of Tiger Automotive Limited. His responsibilities within the McCarthy group entail the chairmanship of McCarthy Motor Holdings, McCarthy Financial Services and Budget Rent a Car. Brand is currently the deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State President’s International Marketing Council. An honorary professorship in Business Management was conferred on him in May 1991 by the University of the Free State and in May 2001, by the University of Johannesburg, as well. He is a member of the main board of the National Business Initiative, the READ Educational Trust Board of Trustees and the immediate past president of the South African Retail Motor Industry Organisation.

National awards attained by Mr. Pretorius include Junior Businessman of the Year (1985), Communicator of the Year (1994), Best Boss (1994), Automobile Man of the Year, the Manpower award of Excellence (1995) and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Business Communication by the SA Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (1997). In October 1998 the research company Integrity Profiles International identified him as one of the top 5 “high integrity” business leaders in South Africa. He received an Honorary Fellowship from the South African Institute of Marketing Management in November 1998. In a survey done during May 1999 by the influential magazine Professional Management Review, he was identified as the most admired leader in the Motor Industry by a representative panel consisting of prominent chief executives, fleet managers and motoring journalists. This award was bestowed on him again in June 2000. In February 2000 the marketing magazine “The Future” identified him through reader research as one of South Africa’s three most prominent marketers of the past decade. The South African Institute of Marketing Management honoured him with their "Marketing Person of the Year" award in November 2000. In May 2002 he received a certificate of excellence from the READ Educational Trust for his remarkable commitment to the cause of building a literate nation through the Rally to Read project, a national social investment project he initiated in 1998. The publishers of the South African Automotive Year Book bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on him in September 2003, for outstanding service to the motor industry. He became a member of the SA Automotive Industry’s “Hall of Fame” in March 2006, in recognition of his significant contribution to the industry. In June 2006 he was honoured by the Leadership Forum at their annual CEO Summit for his contribution towards leadership thinking and in particular, leadership ethics. South African marketers identified him in September 2006 as a marketing thought leader, and as one of the top three business leaders who have contributed most to the success of their organizations, according to a national survey by Markinor and Brand Leadership.

He is married to Tillie and they have three sons.

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