These Female Business Leaders Are Changing The Face Of African BusinessPosted: June 15, 2015
Are you planning to become a successful woman entrepreneur in Africa? It’s true that achieving success as a business leader is much more challenging for women than men. But the fact remains that an increasing number of women have started to make their mark on the business world in Africa. Not only these women are running successful businesses, but they are also significantly adding to the economy.
If you are looking for some inspiration to become the next successful woman business leader in Africa, then here are some inspiring women who you can make your role models in achieving your goals-
Maria Ramos, Chief Executive of Barclays Africa Group
Maria Ramos is the Group Chief Executive of the Barclays Africa Group, previously known as the Absa group, which is the largest bank in South Africa. The 53-year-old South African supervises the integration of the African units of Absa and Barclays in order to achieve their “One Bank in Africa” business strategy and improve regional growth. She became a part of the Absa group in 2009 after enjoying a noteworthy career in the public sector, and acting as the Group CEO of the state-owned rail and pipeline agency Transnet Limited.
Siza Mzimela, Executive Chairperson at Blue Crane Aviation
Mzimela is the Executive Chairperson and founder of Blue Crane Aviation, which is an aviation services firm that focuses on African airlines. Her company offers expert aircraft management services, airline consulting and aviation legal services. In 2010, she was appointed as the first woman Chief Executive Officer of the South African Airways (SAA), the leading airline in Africa. Mzimela is a board member of SA Tourism and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Former Chief Executive of ArcelorMittal Limited
She acted as the Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited. Nyembezi-Heita started her career as an engineer at Research Triangle Park (IBM) in North Carolina. Later she worked at IBM in Dallas and eventually was placed at the South African office of the company. She also acted as the head of Alliance Capital Management, a financial services group, and joined as the head of Mergers and Acquisition division at Vodacom.
Nombulelo “Pinky” Moholi, Director of Companies
She is the Non-Executive Director of Anglo American Platinum Limited as well as Old Mutual Emerging Markets (OMEM). Pinky Moholi also the Independent Non-Executive Director at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Earlier she acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Telkom SA Limited, from April 2011 to April 2013. Moholi was honoured as the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa by Forbes in October 2011
Bridgette Radebe, Executive Chairperson of Mmakau Mining
Radebe is the founder and Executive Chairperson of Mmakau Mining, a highly successful mining company with assets in platinum, gold, uranium, chrome, coal etc. She also acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director for Sappi Limited, from May 2004; and as the Chairperson of Nabera Mining (Pty) Ltd , from 1999. Radebe has made significant contribution in developing and improving the Mining Charter and the South African Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act. She was honoured with the “International Businessperson of the Year Award” by the Global Foundation for Democracy in May 2008.
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