People: FirstRand Ltd (FSRJ.J)
Ms. Mary Vilakazi is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Mary graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1999 and qualified as a chartered accountant (2002) after serving articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. from 2000. Mary was admitted as a partner in 2005 in the Financial Services audit practice, specialising in Insurance and Investment management companies. After leaving the auditing profession in 2008, Mary took up the position of CFO of the MS group. She became a non-executive director of Metropolitan Holdings Board from 2009 before the merger with Momentum and thereafter a non-executive director of MMI Holdings board in 2010. She administered her own accounting, tax and advisory business from 2011 to 2014 and served on the boards of several entities, including MS Group subsidiaries, Kagiso Media Limited, Holdsport Limited and Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) as well as MMI Holdings Limited. Mary joined MMI Holdings in May 2014 as CEO of Balance Sheet Management and became the group finance director in July 2015. She was then appointed as the deputy chief executive officer in June 2017 where she was responsible for Metropolitan and Momentum retail businesses. In 2016, Mary was nominated at the World Economic Forum as a “Young Global Leader”.
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