Gareth Ackerman is the chairman of South African retail chain Pick n Pay Stores. As a family-controlled listed company founded by Raymond Ackerman in 1967, it is one of the region’s largest retailers in eight countries and employs more than 60,000 people. Mr Ackerman is a board member of the controlling company board Pick n Pay Holdings Limited, and chairs the family office and investment committee.

He is a member of the board of the Consumer Goods Forum and it’s vice co-chair for 2013-2015 and current Co-Chair 2015-2017 and Co-chair of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa.

He is a passionate contributor to the issue of global food security and sustainable development and is widely involved in philanthropy. 

Mr Ackerman hold a bachelor of social science from the University of Cape Town and a CMS from the University of Oxford. 
He is an associate fellow at Green Templeton College and was an Associated Fellow at the Said Business School Oxford. He has done extensive lectures at a number of global universities and has tutored on the Oxford Strategic Leadership programme.