Gabriel Swanepoel named as the new Country Manager for Mastercard South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Mastercard has appointed Gabriel Swanepoel as the new Country Manager for Mastercard in South Africa, serving as a promotion from his current role as the Vice President of Business Integration for Mastercard, Southern Africa. As country manager, Swanepoel is responsible for further driving the company’s strategic vision, innovation and growth agenda and building on its successful purpose-driven culture in South Africa. Swanepoel’s ‘digital-first business acumen and two-decades-long career in the South Africa payments industry will further support Mastercard accelerate the uptake of digital payments and strengthen its…

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Prudential Insurance Plc appoints new team to spearhead its growth in East and Central Africa

KENYA – The United Kingdom headquartered insurance firm Prudential has appointed a new team to drive growth in East and Central Africa. In a press statement, the company said it has picked Arjun Mallik, formerly Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Uganda to oversee operations in the region that covers Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. He is credited for steering the Prudential Insurance brand in Uganda for the past five years and was recently named the Most Innovative Life Insurer in Uganda by the Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda.  The firm which…

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Bajabulile Tshabalala appointed as Senior Vice President of the AfDB Group

AFRICA – The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has announced the appointment of Ms. Bajabulile “Swazi” Tshabalala as Senior Vice President effective 1 November 2021 Ms. Tshabalala, a South African national, has been Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the African Development Bank Group since joining the Bank Group in August 2018. She was appointed by President Adesina as Acting Senior Vice President in March 2020, following the retirement of the incumbent, Mr. Charles Boamah. Over the past three years, Swazi has served in several key leadership…

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Cellulant confirms Akshay Grover as Chief Executive Officer

KENYA – Fintech company Cellulant has announced that acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Akshay Grover, has been appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer and Director of Cellulant with effect from 1 October 2021. The appointment follows an executive search process following the announcement in January 2021 by then Group Chief Executive Officer Ken Njoroge of his intention to transition from his position. Akshay has been serving in an acting capacity since April 2021. “We are delighted to appoint an executive of Akshay’s calibre and experience to the role,” said Cellulant…

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MTN Group appoints Adekunle Awobodu as new Chief Financial Officer for Digital and FinTech

AFRICA – MTN Group, a telecommunication company, has announced the appointment of Adekunle Awobodu as our new Chief Financial Officer for Digital and FinTech. Kunle is a seasoned business and finance professional who has spent most of his career at MTN, including serving as CFO for MTN Nigeria and for the MTN Irancell joint venture. “We are thrilled that Kunle has joined the dynamic DigiFin team and look forward to what we know will be a valuable contribution,” says MTN Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer Serigne Dioum. In his…

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AfDB appoints Souley Amadou as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services

AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB), has announced the appointment of Dr. Souley Amadou as General Counsel and Director of the Legal Service Department, effective 1st November 2021. A transactional lawyer, Dr. Souley Amadou has over 25 years of substantive legal work experience, including over 20 years spent at the African Development Bank Group and also assumed the role of Acting Corporate Secretary & General Counsel of Africa50 from 2015 to 2018. A highly recognized legal professional for his strategic leadership and management skills in multicultural settings, Dr. Amadou…

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Ford Motor Company appoints Neale Hill as its president for Africa

AFRICA – Ford Motor Company has appointed Neale Hill as president of Ford Motor Company Africa, effective October 1. His responsibilities have been expanded from the South African operations to include Southern Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, as well as North Africa, which has its regional headquarters based in Morocco, and continues to be led by MD Achraf El Boustani. Hill is to lead the company in transforming and modernising Ford’s business across the African continent. “Globally, Ford is leveraging its resources to best serve our customers and treat them like family,”…

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Boeing company appoints Kuljit Ghata-Aura as President for META region

META – The Boeing Company, an aviation company, has announced the appointment of Kuljit Ghata-Aura as the new president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), excluding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, effective September 30, 2021. Ghata-Aura succeeds Bernie Dunn, who is leaving Boeing after more than nine years with the company in the region. He will oversee the company’s new business and industrial partnership opportunities, safety and sustainability efforts, government affairs and corporate citizenship. He also will oversee Boeing’s efforts to expand its presence and strengthen its relationships…

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TotalEnergies Kenya picks new board chairman

KENYA – TotalEnergies Marketing Kenya Plc,  formerly Total Kenya, has appointed Mr. Olivier Van Parys to serve as the director and chairman of the board with effect from September 21, 2021. Mr. Van Prays, an insider in the French oil major, replaces Frenchman Jean-Philippe Torres who has resigned from the position he held from September 2018. The new board chair serves as the Executive Vice President of the East and Central Africa division at TotalEnergies in Paris, France. “Mr. Van Parys has worked for the TotalEnergies Company for the last 26…

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MarketForce appoints FMCG distribution veteran Arthur Bourekas as Chief Commercial Officer

KENYA – MarketForce, Kenya and Nigeria-based B2B platform for retail distribution of consumer goods and digital financial services in Africa are pleased to announce the appointment of Arthur Bourekas as the Chief Commercial Officer, effective 1st October 2021. Mr. Arthur has over 25 years of experience executing commercial growth, logistics and distribution in some of the most challenging countries in the world. He worked for A.G. Leventis (Nigeria) PLC and PZ Cussons in Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia. He is a veteran FMCG distribution expert in Africa, where he has…

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