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Sanlam Ltd (SLMJ.J)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Elias Masilela

56 2020 Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Paul Hanratty

59 2020 Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Patrice Motsepe

58 2004 Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Board

Wikus Olivier

46 2019 Interim Chief Financial Officer

Thinus Alsworth-Elvey

46 2019 Chief Executive - Sanlam Corporate

Lize Lambrechts

56 2015 Chief Executive of Santam

Bongani Madikiza

2020 Chief Executive Officer of SA Retail Mass

Kanyisa Mkhize

2020 Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Corporate

Robert Roux

51 2015 Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Investments

Jurie Strydom

45 2020 Chief Executive Officer Life and Savings

Jeanett Modise

56 2019 Chief Executive - Group Human Resources, Executive Director

Temba Mvusi

65 2019 Chief Executive Officer - Group Market Development, Executive Director

Heinie Carl Werth

57 2019 Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Emerging Markets

Anton Gildenhuys

45 2020 Chief Executive Officer of SA Retail Affluent

Karl Socikwa

2020 Group Executive, Market Development

Sydney Mbhele

45 2019 Chief Executive Officer of Group Brand

Sana-Ullah Bray

2011 Group Company Secretary

Sipho Nkosi

66 2016 Lead Independent Non-Executive Director

Rejoice Simelane

68 2004 Non-Executive Director

Johan Van Zyl

64 2020 Non-Executive Director

Andrew Birrell

51 2019 Independent Non-Executive Director

Anton Botha

67 2006 Independent Non-Executive Director

Nicolaas Kruger

53 2020 Independent Non-Executive Director

Mathukana Mokoka

46 2018 Independent Non-Executive Director

Kobus Moller

2020 Independent Non-Executive Director

Karabo Nondumo

42 2015 Independent Non-Executive Director

Christiaan Swanepoel

70 2011 Independent Non-Executive Director

Shirley Zinn

59 2018 Independent Non-Executive Director

Biographies

Name Description

Elias Masilela

Mr. Elias Masilela serves as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr Masilela was appointed to the Board of Directors on 1 October 2019. He qualifies as an independent non-executive director. The Board has appointed him as an expert in life insurance, general insurance and empowerment. He is currently Executive Chair of DNA Economics, Commissioner of the 1st & 2nd National Planning Commission, and Chair of influential entities in South Africa, namely V&A Waterfront and Capital Harvest. He has recently taken up the chairpersonship of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in South Africa. Mr Masilela is a member of the Boards of the MultiChoice Group, MultiChoice SA, Alternative Prosperity Holdings, Future Planet Capital in London and Strate.

Paul Hanratty

Mr. Paul B. Hanratty serves as Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. He is also an expert in actuarial, risk and compliance as well as ethics governance. Mr Hanratty obtained his bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Sciences (B.Bus.Sc (Hons)) from the University of Cape Town in 1984. He is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (FIA). He started his career at Old Mutual SA in 1984 where he filled various roles including that of head of Product Development. He was appointed CEO of Old Mutual SA, a position which he filled from 2006 to 2008. From 2009 to 2010 he was appointed as CEO of Long-term Savings, where he was responsible for the insurance and asset management businesses of Old Mutual in the USA, UK, Scandinavia, Europe, South Africa, Africa and emerging markets. He served as the Old Mutual Group Operating Officer until his retirement in 2016. As chair of Old Mutual SA from 2010 to 2016 he was responsible for the emerging markets insurance and asset management business and the UK Wealth Management business, as well as serving on the board of Nedbank and driving the restructuring of the SA Group to prepare for “Twin Peaks” regulation in South Africa. Mr Hanratty has been a director of MTN since 2016, is the non-executive chair of Intelligent Debt Management (IDM) and also serves on the board of Columbia Leadership, a leadership development charity for young people. Mr Hanratty is chair of the Audit committee, chair of the Finance Committee and Ignite (business transformation) and an advisory committee member of the MTN Group. He is also a member of the Audit and Risk committee and the chair of the Remuneration committee of the IDM.

Patrice Motsepe

Dr. Patrice T. Motsepe serves as Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Company. He is a non-executive director and a member of the Nominations and Human Resources committees. He is an expert in governance, law, compliance, as well as general and international business. Dr Motsepe has a BA law degree (University of Swaziland), LLB (Wits University), Doctor of Commerce (honoris causa) (Wits University), Doctor of Commerce (honoris causa) (Stellenbosch University), Doctor of Management and Commerce (honoris causa) (Fort Hare) and Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) (University of Eswatini, formerly University of Swaziland). Dr Motsepe is the founder and executive chair of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). He is also the founder and chair of Ubuntu-Botho Investments, African Rainbow Capital and African Rainbow Energy and Power. He is the chair of Harmony Gold and President of Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club. He was a partner in one of the largest law firms in South Africa, Bowmans, and was also a visiting attorney in the USA with the law firm, McGuireWoods. In 2002 Dr Motsepe was voted South Africa’s Business Leader of the Year by the chief executive officers of the top 100 companies in South Africa. In the same year, he was the winner of the Ernst & Young Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2017 Forbes Magazine commemorated its 100th Anniversary and honoured Dr Motsepe as one of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds” in the world. Dr Motsepe is a member of the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 100 of the most highly respected and influential chief executives from all industries. He is also a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Wikus Olivier

Mr. Wikus Olivier has been appointed as Group Executive, Strategy of the Company effective 10/12/2020. Mr Olivier was appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer on 1 August 2019 while the Group commences a recruitment process to fill the role of Group Financial Director permanently. Mr Olivier is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of Sanlam subsidiaries including a Non-executive Director of Sanlam Capital Markets and Genbel Securities. He is an expert in accounting, finance, financial markets and investments, general business and risk management. Since joining Sanlam in 2000, Mr Olivier held various senior positions in the actuarial division, group tax services and financial reporting areas. He held the position of Executive Head: Group Finance before his appointment as Chief Financial Officer. Mr Olivier is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) and also holds a BHons Accountancy Degree.

Thinus Alsworth-Elvey

Mr. Thinus Alsworth-Elvey serves as Chief Executive - Sanlam Corporate of the Company. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Sanlam Corporate, Mr Alsworth-Elvey was Chief Executive: Strategy and Special Projects of the Sanlam Group. He also previously held the position of Chief Executive of various businesses in the Momentum Metropolitan Group including Corporate and Investments. He has also served on a number of boards including RMI Investment Managers, Aluwani Capital Partners and Eris Properties. Mr Alsworth-Elvey holds the following qualifications: BProc, LLB, LLM, and HDip Tax.

Lize Lambrechts

Ms. Lize Lambrechts serves as Chief Executive - Santam of the Company. Her qualifications includes BSc (Hons), FIA, EDP (Manchester). She is Non-executive director of Sanlam Developing Markets, Sanlam Linked Investments, Sanlam Life & Pensions UK, Channel Life and Director of Glacier Financial Holdings and Sanlam UK. Started her career in actuarial training in Sanlam in 1985 and held various senior positions in the Group’s retail business.

Bongani Madikiza

Kanyisa Mkhize

Robert Roux

Mr. Robert Roux serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Investments of the Company. Mr Roux was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Investments in November 2015. He is also a member of the Sanlam Executive Committee. Investments, financial markets, and general and international business are his fields of expertise. Mr Roux is Non-executive Director of the following major Sanlam subsidiaries: Centre Asset Management LLC, Denker Capital (Pty) Limited, Sanlam Capital Markets (Pty) Limited, Sanlam Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited, Sanlam Investment Holdings UK Limited, Sanlam Investment Management (Pty) Limited and Sanlam Private Wealth (Pty) Limited. Mr Roux previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Sanlam Investments. Mr Roux holds the qualifications of CA(SA) and EDP (University of Manchester).

Jurie Strydom

Mr. Jurie Strydom has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer Life and Savings of the Company effective 9/1/2020. Previous positions: Chief Executive of Regent Insurance Group; Executive Director of Imperial Holdings; Managing Director of Alexander Forbes Life; General Manager of Sanlam Broker Services. Mr Strydom holds the qualifications of BBusSci, MBA, CFA, and FIA.

Jeanett Modise

Ms. Jeanett Modise serves as Chief Executive - Group Human Resources, Executive Director of the Company. She is Sanlam Investment Group´s (SIG) Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Modise, an accomplished HR executive, joined the Group in 2014 as Executive: HR and Transformation at Santam where she spent three years before taking up her current position at SIG. She has an established record in other blue chip and multinationals such as SAP, Hewlett Packard, Nedbank and AngloGold Ashanti, where she was before joining the Group. Among other qualifications, she holds a Master´s degree in Business Leadership and a B.Com (Business Management) from the University of South Africa - UNISA. She has also attended Senior Executive and Advanced Management Development for Senior Executives programs at Harvard Business School and Insead Business School respectively.

Temba Mvusi

Mr. Temba I. Mvusi is no longer serves as Chief Executive Officer - Group Market Development, Executive Director of the Company effective 12/31/2020. Mr Mvusi has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009 and is a member of the Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee. He qualifies as an executive director of Sanlam Life Insurance Limited and Sanlam Limited. He is a non-executive director of Sanlam Investment Management and Sanlam Investment Holdings. He is an expert in financial markets and investments, and has in-depth knowledge of general business and human resources. Mr Mvusi has been the Chief Executive: Market Development since August 2005 and was appointed Acting CEO: Sanlam Corporate in April 2017. Mr Mvusi is also an independent director of Northam Platinum and Non-executive Director of Umso Construction. Mr Mvusi’s qualifications include the following: Diploma in International Relations (University of New Delhi), BA, ELP (Wharton School of Business), MAP and PDP.

Heinie Carl Werth

Mr. Heinie Carl V. Werth serves as Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Emerging Markets of the Company. Mr Werth was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Emerging Markets on 1 August 2019 – a position he previously held from 2005 until 2016, after which he took the position as Group Financial Director. He qualifies as an executive director. He is an expert in accounting, finance, financial markets and investments, general business and risk management. Mr Werth is a non-executive director of major Sanlam subsidiaries such as, Sanlam Emerging Markets. Mr Werth currently serves as a non-executive director of Shriram Capital (India), Saham Finances (Morocco), Botswana Insurance Holdings, Sanlam Namibia and various other subsidiaries in the SEM cluster. He also worked as Senior General Manager (IT) at Sanlam Life, Financial Director at Sanlam Life and Sanlam Employee Benefits, Manager: Corporate Finance at Gencor, and Financial Director at Kelgran. Mr Werth is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) and also holds a Hons B Accountancy, an MBA and an EDP (Manchester).

Anton Gildenhuys

Mr. Anton Gildenhuys has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SA Retail Affluent of the Company effective 9/14/2020. Mr Gildenhuys was appointed Chief Actuary and Group Risk Officer of Sanlam Limited on 1 July 2015. He is a non-executive director of Genbel Securities Proprietary Limited and Sanlam Capital Markets Proprietary Limited. His field of expertise is actuarial. Mr Gildenhuys previously held the positions of Chief Executive of SPF Actuarial, Chief Executive of SPF Strategic Business Development, Head of Product Development, Development Actuary and Valuations Actuary.

Karl Socikwa

Sydney Mbhele

Mr. Sydney Mbhele serves as Chief Executive Officer of Group Brand of the Company. Previously, Mr Mbhele held the positions of Chief Marketing and Communications Officer – Liberty Group, Executive Head – Group Marketing Nedbank Ltd, Head of Global Brands – SAB Miller, and Global Category Marketing Director: Deodorants – Unilever. Mr Mbhele holds the following qualifications: MBA (GIBS), AMP (MIT, US), Executive Strategic Marketing Programme (Stanford, US), Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management (UNISA), MAP (Wits), and BSocSci (UCT). He is also a chartered marketer (CM, SA).

Sana-Ullah Bray

Mr. Sana-Ullah Bray serves as Group Company Secretary of the Company. He has been the Company Secretary of Santam Limited., since 2004. Mr. Bray holds the following qualifications: LLB (University of the Western Cape), MDP (University of Pretoria).

Sipho Nkosi

Mr. Sipho Abednego Nkosi serves as Lead Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2006 and became the Lead Independent Director of the Sanlam Board on 19 December 2016. Mr Nkosi is a member of the Non-Executive Directors’ committee and is the chair of the Independent Directors Committee. He is an expert in governance, marketing as well as the general business. Mr Nkosi was the CEO of Exxaro Resources Limited. Prior to this, Mr Nkosi was one of the founders and CEO of Eyesizwe Coal and Country Manager of ABB Alstom Power (SA), having previously worked with Anglo Coal and Ingwe. He was export marketing co-ordinator in the international marketing division of Anglo Coal from 1986 to 1991. In 1992 Mr Nkosi joined Ingwe as the Marketing Manager responsible for international coal marketing. This position involved extensive travel and provided him with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the coal industry worldwide. Mr Nkosi serves on a number of company boards including Sanlam. Mr Nkosi is a past president of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and has been serving on the Executive Council of the Chamber since November 2006. Previously he served as chair of the Chamber’s Collieries Committee and the head of strategy at Southern Life. He is currently the chair of Talent10 Holdings. In November 2012 Mr Nkosi was the South African winner in the Master Entrepreneur Category of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Award and represented South Africa at the global awards in Monte Carlo in June 2013. On 18 October 2013 he received the Tinie Louw Award at the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut’s National Congress for his business leadership. Mr Nkosi holds the following degrees: BCom (University of Zululand), BCom (Hons) (Econ) (Unisa), MBA (University of Massachusetts, Boston) and a Diploma in Marketing Management (Unisa) and in July 2009 he completed the advanced Management Programme at the University of Oxford in the UK.

Rejoice Simelane

Dr. Rejoice Vakashile Simelane Ph.D. serves as Non-Executive Director of the Company. Dr Simelane commenced her career at the University of Swaziland as a lecturer in Economics. Between 1998 and 2001, she worked at the National Department of Trade and Industry and the National Treasury. After that, she served in the capacity of Special Adviser: Economics, to the then premier of Mpumalanga until mid-2004, when she assumed the position of Chief Executive of Ubuntu-Botho Investments (UBI), Sanlam’s empowerment partner, until 2016. Through Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, Dr Simelane was elected onto the Executive Committee of the Premier Soccer League in 2016. As a CIDA scholarship recipient and a Fulbright Fellow, Dr Simelane also served as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel under former President Mbeki until 2009. Dr Simelane obtained her PhD in Economics at the University of Connecticut in the USA in February 1994 and her LLB from the University of South Africa in 2010.

Johan Van Zyl

Dr. Johan Van Zyl serves as Non-Executive Director of the Company. He qualifies as a non-executive director and is the Chair of the Board of directors and a member of the Sanlam Human Resources and Remuneration committee as well as the Nominations committee. He is an expert in insurance, financial markets, investments, general business, human resources, marketing and international business. He originally trained as an agricultural economist and holds two doctorates – a PhD in Economics (Vista) and a DSc in Agriculture (Pretoria). After having worked for the South African government and NAMPO as an economist, he taught agricultural economics at the University of Pretoria from 1983 to 1994, during which time he was appointed as the Dean of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. He subsequently spent two years at the World Bank as coordinator of Rural Development. In 1996, he became Vice-chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria. Dr Van Zyl’s major external positions, directorships and associations include African Rainbow Capital, Ubuntu- Botho Investments and the Vumelana Advisory Fund, of which he is the chair. Dr Van Zyl has a keen interest in economic development and has published widely on a variety of topics related to, in particular, rural development and agriculture in South Africa, the broader southern African region, Eastern Europe and South America. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles and several books.

Andrew Birrell

Mr. Andrew Birrell serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr Birrell originally joined the Assupol Board on 1 May 2013 and served as a member of various board committees, including the Audit, Actuarial, Remuneration and Risk Committees. He also serves as a non-executive director of the JSA Group and YASA Limited (both UK-based companies); alternate Director of SC Lowy Partners, the holding company of a Hong Kong domiciled specialist investment bank; Non-executive Director of Investec Life Limited (South Africa) from April 2017 to August 2019; Non-executive Director of Sun Life of Canada UK; Chair of the Risk Committee since June 2018; and Executive Director of Universal Partners Limited, an investment holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and JSE Securities Exchange, since listing in August 2016. Mr Birrell has served on boards and board committees of regulated companies involved in life insurance, health insurance, general insurance, stock broking, investment management and banking in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, Scandinavia and Canada. Mr Birrell is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (1994) and the Actuarial Society of South Africa (1994). Mr Birrell holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree (Actuarial, 1990) from the University of Cape Town and he is also a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA Global Association, 2009).

Anton Botha

Mr. Anton Dirk Botha serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He qualifies as an independent non-executive director, is the chair of the Human Resources and Remuneration committee and a member of the Audit and Risk committees. The Board has appointed him as Audit committee financial expert. He is also an expert in risk and compliance as well as in financial markets, investments general business, human resources, marketing and international business. Mr Botha obtained a BProc from Unisa and a BCom in marketing from the University of Pretoria. He further holds a BCom (Hons) degree in Investment Management from the University of Johannesburg and has completed an Executive Development Programme at Stanford University in the USA. Mr Botha is a director and co-founder of Imalivest, a private investment group that manages the capital of its owners, as well as the Imalivest unit trusts. Mr Botha also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of the University of Pretoria and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Mr Botha made a career in investments at Gencor, Genbel and Gensec from 1981 to 2001. Between 1986 and 2001 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Gensec, building it into a leading South African investment banking group. Prior to becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanlam Limited in December 2000, Gensec was recognised as one of South Africa’s 40 largest listed Companies.

Nicolaas Kruger

Mr. Nicolaas A.S. Kruger serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr Kruger was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2020. He is a business executive with over 28 years’ experience in the insurance-based financial services industry in South Africa. He currently acts as a non-executive board member, investor and mentor. He has widespread experience as a member of various boards and governance forums, with broad stakeholder management experience in business, investor communities, as well as government. He obtained exposure to banking from 1998 to 2010 when Momentum was an integral part of the FirstRand banking group and has served as Group CEO of the South African insurance group, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings (previously known as MMI Holdings) for several years up to the beginning of 2018. He gained extensive experience doing business internationally, including various countries in the rest of Africa, UK and India.

Mathukana Mokoka

Ms. Mathukana G. Mokoka serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Ms Mokoka currently serves as an independent non-executive director at Contract Services Group, Palabora Mining Company, and Rolfes Holdings. She is a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Ms Mokoka has held senior positions at Woolworths, Cadiz Corporate Solutions and Standard Bank. Ms Mokoka is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) and completed her articles with Arthur Andersen (KPMG). She has a diversity of work experience, ranging from strategic and financial management and corporate finance to experience in the deal-making environment.

Kobus Moller

Mr. Kobus J. P. Moller serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. His qualifications are BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), AMP (Harvard) Appointed Financial Director in 2006 Executive director of Sanlam Limited and Sanlam Life Non-executive member of Sanlam Group Cluster boards: Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Employee Benefits, Channel Life, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam Developing Markets, Sanlam Investments and Santam. Non-executive director of major Sanlam subsidiaries: Santam, Sanlam Capital Markets, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam Developing Markets, Channel Life, Sanlam Investment Holdings and Genbel Securities Limited. Former: Chief Executive Finance of Sanlam Limited, Executive head: Operations and Finance of Sanlam Personal Finance, Executive director: Finance of Impala Platinum Holdings. Field of expertise: Accounting; Financial Markets and Investment; General Business; Risk Management.

Karabo Nondumo

Ms. Karabo Tshailane Nondumo serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. She qualifies as an independent non-executive director and is a member of the Audit, Risk, Human Resources and Remuneration, Customer Interest and Nominations committees. The Board has appointed her as Audit committee financial expert. She is also an expert in risk and compliance, governance and human resources and remuneration. Ms Nondumo obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Natal in 1999 and her Higher Diploma in Accounting from Wits University in 2000. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003. Ms Nondumo started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she gained valuable experience in financial services (insurance and banking), manufacturing and telecommunications. From 2004 to 2007, she was appointed as an investment principal at Shanduka Group, where she was responsible for the analysis and implementation of transactions for the resource, financial services and energy divisions. She was also an executive assistant to the Chair of Shanduka Group. In 2008, she became the inaugural CEO of AWCA Investment Holdings (AIH), an investment company for black female-chartered accountants. From 2010 to 2014 she served in various roles in the Vodacom Group: executive head for corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as executive head for the enterprise business unit. She has interests in investments, corporate advisory and supply of goods and services to general industry. She holds independent non-executive directorship roles in some of the Sanlam Group subsidiaries.

Christiaan Swanepoel

Mr. Christiaan Gerhardus Swanepoel serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He was the Chief Actuary of Sanlam from 1 January 1990 up to his retirement on 31 August 2005. He qualifies as an independent non-executive director of Sanlam Limited and Sanlam Life Insurance Limited. He is currently the chair of the Sanlam Risk and Compliance committee as well as of the Sanlam Customer Interest committee. The Board has appointed him to these committees because of his expert knowledge in finance, actuarial, risk and compliance as well as ethics governance. He also has directorships in Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Developing Markets Limited and Channel Life Limited. He served as adviser to the Van der Horst committee, which led to the creation of the Financial Services. He also served on the Advisory Committee on Long-term Assurance (FSB) for three terms. Mr Swanepoel qualified as an actuary in 1975. He served the actuarial profession as a member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) council, including a stint as honorary secretary, as a member of the Life Assurance Committee (12 years of which 6 as convener), as an examiner of the subject Life Assurance of the professional examinations and as the first chair of ASSA’s board of examiners.

Shirley Zinn

Prof. Shirley A. Zinn Ph.D. serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Prof. Zinn hails from the Cape Flats in Cape Town, started her career as a secondary school teacher of English and then moved to the University of the Western Cape where she lectured in Teacher Education. After this, she served at Southern Life as Training Manager and then moved to the South African Management Development Institute’s Department of Public Service and Administration in Pretoria, where she served as Director. Before her appointment at SARS, she filled the role of Regional Human Resources Director for the Middle East and Africa for Reckitt Benckiser, a global company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Prof. Zinn is the past president of the Institute for People Management in South Africa as well as for the Harvard Alumni Association South Africa. She previously served as the chair of the Institute of Bankers. She is the former chair of DHL: Global Forwarding SA and also the former group head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was Head of Human Resources at Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group. She also registered her own company, Shirley Zinn Consulting, which provides consulting and advisory services in HR, transformation, leadership and education. Prior to this, she was the group executive HR at Nedbank and General Manager for Human Resources at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Prof. Zinn was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa by Topco Media in 2008. She was also recognised by the Black Business Quarterly and received the Award for Top Woman in Business and Government and Most Visionary Woman in 2008. She also received an award from the World Human Resources Congress in Mumbai in 2007 and 2013 respectively for Excellence in Global HR Leadership.

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