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South African Executive, NONKULULEKO NYEMBEZI Becomes First Black Woman to Chair Standard Bank

South African Executive, NONKULULEKO NYEMBEZI Becomes First Black Woman to Chair Standard Bank - African Leaders Magazine

Nonkululeko Nyembezi, a prominent South African businesswoman and leading executive, has become the first female black woman to chair Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest lender by assets, for the first time in the financial services provider’s 160-year history.

Nyembezi is a seasoned and respected leader with extensive experience in a variety of industries as an executive and board member.

Her appointment as Chairman-designate of Standard Bank Group, effective June 1, follows the confirmation of her appointment as an independent non-executive director of Strategic Business Groups (SBG) and Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA) Limited in 2020 by the group’s board.

 South African Executive, NONKULULEKO NYEMBEZI Becomes First Black Woman to Chair Standard Bank - African Leaders Magazine

“With effect from 1 June 2022, Nyembezi will take over as Chairman of the Group and SBSA Boards, as well as Chairman of the Directors’ Affairs Committee.” This appointment came after a thorough succession planning process led by the Group’s Lead Independent Director. “The Group has also obtained the required Prudential Authority clearance for the appointment,” the board wrote in a statement.

The board also stated that her appointment aligns with efforts to broaden the board’s diversity and bring in new managerial perspectives, as Nyembezi’s extensive experience in the banking sector, combined with her expertise in strategy, planning, execution, governance and corporate stewardship gained through several executive roles over the years, will drive the group’s operation in line with its goals.

Her appointment as CEO of Standard Bank comes as the bank aims to deepen its operations and increase its retail client base to 25 million by 2025, up from 16 million in South Africa and the rest of Africa at the end of 2021.

 South African Executive, NONKULULEKO NYEMBEZI Becomes First Black Woman to Chair Standard Bank - African Leaders Magazine

Ms Nyembezi was previously Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal South Africa, the largest steel producer on the African continent and subsidiary of the ArcelorMittal Group, which in turn is the largest steel producer in the world.

Prior to that, she served as the Chief Officer of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Vodacom Group and before that, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Capital, then local subsidiary of a New York based global investment management company.

Ms Nyembezi has a B.Sc. Honours degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and a masters degree in the same discipline from California Institute of Technology. She also has an MBA from the Open University (UK).

Ms Nyembezi has served as an independent non-executive director on numerous boards in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves as non-executive chairman of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited, the JSE and Macsteel Service Centres SA (Pty) Limited.

 South African Executive, NONKULULEKO NYEMBEZI Becomes First Black Woman to Chair Standard Bank - African Leaders Magazine

In addition to the above, Ms Nyembezi serves as a non-executive director of the following non-profit organisations ~ KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and as a trustee of the following organisations ~ Quartet of Peace Trust, Partners for Possibility (PfP) and The Norval Foundation.

According to a statement released by the Johannesburg-based bank, Nyembezi, who will continue as a board member at Anglo-American and Macsteel Services Centre SA, will succeed Thulani Gcabashe after 19 years of consistent service to the group.

In line with the time commitment associated with her new role, she has reviewed her current commitments, and as a result, her role as the non-executive chairman of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange came to an end on May 3, and her external engagements will therefore be her board memberships at Anglo-American Plc and Macsteel Service Centers, South Africa.

Source: billonaires.africa / blsa.org

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