Meet our team

Linda Eedes

Linda Eedes

Chief Executive Officer

B Com (Hons) Finance (Cum Laude), CFA®

Linda started her investment career as a portfolio manager at Nedcor Investment Bank Asset Management (NIBAM) in Cape Town managing balanced and equity portfolios. She spent seven years in London with global investment firm PIMCO where she held the position of Senior Vice President. She joined RECM in 2010 as a senior member of the investment team before taking on the role of Managing Director in 2018. She completed a B Com (Economics) degree at Rhodes, a B Com Honours (Finance) degree at UCT and is a CFA charterholder.


Sam Houlie

Chief Investment Officer


Sam started his investment career with Allan Gray Investment Counsel. In 2001, he moved to Abvest and after a period as Chief Investment Officer, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Abvest in 2004. In 2006 he joined Investec Asset Management where he was a director and fulfilled the dual roles of Head of South African Equities and Global Equity Portfolio Manager. In 2012, Sam started his own globally focused investment firm Willow Road Capital, which was folded into Momentum Asset Management, where he headed their Momentum Contrarian business unit. Sam joined Counterpoint in 2016 as Chief Investment Officer where is also responsible for the management of multi-asset and global equity funds.

Piet Viljoen

Piet Viljoen

Portfolio Manager

B Com (Hons), CFA®

Piet has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry. He started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, before joining the South African Reserve Bank as an economic analyst. Piet discovered value investing at Allan Gray Investment Counsel, where he became a portfolio manager in 1991. In 1995, Viljoen moved to Investec Asset Management where he built up a following as the portfolio manager of the Investec Opportunity Fund before leaving to set up value manager RECM (Regarding Capital Management) in 2003. RECM merged with like-minded firm Counterpoint Asset Management in 2020 where Piet continues to manage funds with mandates that most suit his value-oriented style.


Alex Pestana

Portfolio Manager

BSc.(Hons), B Soc.Sci., M Phil. & Ph.D.

Alex started his investment career at Capital Alliance Asset Management as a quantitative analyst and economist before joining Fleming Martin Asset Management in 1997 as Head of Fixed Interest. In 1999, Alex joined Sanlam Investment Management’s fixed interest team, and after three years joined the SIM strategy team. In 2002 he received the coveted SIM CEO award for his contribution. In 2004 he was appointed Chief Investment Strategist, a position he held until 2007. He then joined Steve Mills in the Absolute Return Boutique, where they jointly managed a range of multi-asset class funds. In 2012 he established Counterpoint Asset Management alongside Chris Stainforth and Steve Mills. Alex is a responsible for the portfolio management of the Fixed Interest Funds.


Raymond Shapiro

Head of Equities

B.Bus.Sc (Finance), PGDA, CA(SA), CFA®

Raymond started his career at The Standard Bank Group, completing his articles under their TOPP programme, and specialising in financial management. In 2007 he joined Melville Douglas Investment Management as an equity analyst, later also becoming a portfolio manager in both domestic and global portfolio management. Raymond joined Counterpoint Asset Management in 2014, where he is the Head of Equities and portfolio manager of both domestic and global equities.

Dr Hendrik Theron

Hendrik Theron

Investment Analyst

Ph.D. Computer Science

After completing his studies, Hendrik worked in the IT industry until March 2011. He was the software development manager at Pragma from 1999 to 2011, during which time his team developed physical asset management software used by large South African and international companies. Hendrik joined RECM in May 2011 which merged with Counterpoint in 2020.


Paul Trilivas

Investment Analyst

BCom. (Finance), CFA®

Paul started his career at The Standard Bank Group, working in the Specialized Credit department. He then moved into an Equity Analyst role at ValueKwik. After eight years at ValueKwik he moved into buy-side as an Investment Analyst at Integrity Asset Management. Working closely with the Portfolio Manager he gained further modelling and valuation skills, specialising in local and international stock valuation and selection. Paul joined Counterpoint in February 2018 as an Investment Analyst.


Gaye Wyngaard

Investment Operations Manager

Gaye started her career in investment administration at Protea Assurance 25 years ago. She deepened her experience at industry stalwarts Investec Asset Management (1994 to 1996) and Coronation Asset Management (1997 to 2000). She was part of the management team at TASC / JP Morgan SA Investor Services, the administration subsidiary of Sanlam (currently Curro) during 2000 to 2004. Gaye then moved to Sanlam Investment Management, where she worked from 2005 to 2007. Her most recent role before Counterpoint was heading up the Client Administration Team for Skybound Capital, where she worked from 2008 to 2016. Gaye joined Counterpoint in early 2017 as assistant to the portfolio management team and to manage the investment administration process.


Samiegha Hendrickse

Investment Specialist

B.Com (Economics) & Hons (FAPM)

Samiegha has 14 years’ experience in the asset management industry, beginning at Willis Towers Watson in 2005 (known as Fifth Quadrant Actuaries and Consultants at the time), moving to Prudential Investment Managers in 2008, and then to Momentum Asset Management in 2012. She joined Counterpoint Asset Management in April 2017, and her role enables the investment professionals to focus exclusively on financial markets and investment decision making. Samiegha’s strengths include both qualitative and quantitative input to support the investment team and business development. Her in-depth experience in the asset management industry and asset consulting environment make her a valuable part of the team. 

Chenelle Rubain

Chenelle Rubain

Client Relationship Manager

Investment Certificate, CFA Institute of London

Chenelle has over 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked for companies such as Barclays, Sable Wealth, Liberty Life/Stanlib and most recently at Nedgroup Investments and RECM. She is passionate about fostering client relationships, and holds a Diploma in Public Relations, Wealth Management Certificate and an Investment Certificate from the CFA Institute of London.

Renee Summers

Renee Summers


Diploma in Office & Business Administration

Renee has over 20 years of experience in direct client-facing roles across various industries. In addition to being Counterpoint’s first point of contact with clients as a receptionist, Renee’s duties extend to assisting the Marketing and Business Development departments with collateral and content for the website, events and presentations.  


Nicole La Kay

Office Manager

Nicole joined Counterpoint asset management March 2017 as a receptionist. In March 2018 she progressed to office manager and assists with Cash Management.

Elaine Steyn

Accounting and MIS

B.Acc. & B.Compt. (Hons)

Elaine spent a year working in London after completing her articles and has 10 years of accounting experience across various industries. Elaine joined Counterpoint Asset Management in 2015 and is responsible for all our accounting needs