Our Executive Committee drives strategy execution
Chief Executive Officer
Qualifications: BCom (Hons); MSc (Economics); Institute of Bankers’ Diploma (CAIB)
Appointed: March 2009
Maria was previously the director-general of the National Treasury and in January 2004, she was appointed as the group chief executive of Transnet Limited. Maria joined Absa as Group Chief Executive in March 2009.
Maria is a non-executive director of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA. She is also a member of the International Business Council Executive Committee; Business Leadership South Africa; and the Banking Association of South Africa.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: South Africa Banking
Qualifications: BCom; CA(SA); MBA
Appointed: March 2008
David completed his articles with KPMG and became a partner in the financial services team. He then joined Standard Bank group, where he was involved in group risk and retail credit functions. David joined the Group in 2008 as the Chief Risk Officer and became the Group’s Financial Director on 1 March 2010. In December 2013, David was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. From August 2016, he assumed responsibility for the Group’s South African operations including Retail and Business Banking and Corporate and Investment Bank. (Jason Quinn took over responsibility as Financial Director from 1 September 2016.)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: Rest of Africa Banking
Qualifications: BSc (Hons); MA (South African Studies)
Appointed: August 2016
Peter began his career with the Urban Foundation and Citibank and gained international experience, particularly in Europe. Peter is the previous chief executive officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), chief strategy and business development officer of Vodacom SA Proprietary Limited and executive director of commercial at Vodacom SA Proprietary Limited. Most recently, Peter was the chief executive officer of Tiger Brands Limited.
Peter is a non-executive director of Oceana Group Limited.
Chief Executive: Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance
Qualifications: BSc; PG Dip (Investment Management)
Appointed: October 2013
Nomkhita spent majority of her career at Alexander Forbes performing a variety of functions and before joining Barclays Africa in 2010, she was the managing director of Alexander Forbes Financial Services Holdings Limited.
Chief Executive: Retail and Business Banking
Qualifications: B.Com; LLB; H.Dip. Tax
Appointed: January 2013
Craig was previously the chief executive of Standard Bank Asia, chief executive of Standard Bank Africa, managing director of Tourvest Investment Corporation Limited, head of personal, private and branch banking at Nedbank and Peoples Bank and corporate and structured finance consultant at Investec. He spent 12 years at Standard Bank and eight years at Nedbank.
Qualifications: LLB; HDip (Company Law); LLM (Tax Law)
Appointed: November 2014
Yasmin was previously the general counsel for Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance. She completed her articles with Webber Wentzel and became an associate in the South African project finance team. In 2011, she joined Siemens Limited where she later led the projects and export finance department.
Prior to joining Barclays Africa Group, she was the partner at responsible for general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance at Phukubje Pierce Masithela. Yasmin is also a non-executive director of a public sector utility company and a company listed on the JSE.
Chief Executive: Human Resources
Qualifications: HDip (Labour Relations); Dip (Personnel Management)
Appointed: March 2013
Sarah was previously employed at Anglo American Plc for 24 years and most recently held the position of head of human resources: other mining and industrial businesses.
Group General Counsel
Qualifications: BA; LLB; HDip (Tax)
Appointed: March 2013
Charles previously worked as Director: legal services at Standard Bank until 2003; as group executive: commercial legal at MTN Group Limited until 2010 and most recently as a legal consultant for Webber Wentzel.
Chief Operations Officer
Qualifications: BCom; CA (SA)
Appointed: May 2014
Charles completed his articles with KPMG and then joined Merrill Lynch in London as financial controller for credit products. Charles worked for Deutsche Bank in London and Frankfurt from 1998 to 2006 as the rates head of product control, before he joined Absa Capital in September 2006 as chief financial officer. He became the chief operating officer of Corporate and Investment Banking in October 2007 and regional head of finance for Barclays Africa in September 2012. Charles was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Africa Group in May 2014.
Chief Executive: Marketing and Corporate Relations
Qualifications: BCom; MBA
Appointed: March 2010
Bobby has held senior roles within Charter Life, Nedbank Group and South African Breweries. He then joined Liberty Group, where he held the position of chief executive officer: marketing and distribution.
Chief Risk Officer, Group Strategy Barclays PLC Separation
Qualifications: BBA; MBA
Appointed: December 2015
Prior to his appointment, Arrie was Chief Executive Retail Banking responsible for managing Retail Banking across the African operations.
Arrie began his career with Absa Group in Bankfin in the late 1990s and has since held a number of leadership positions including Head of Retail Banking in South Africa and Managing Executive: Absa Card, Managing Executive: Customer Segments and Managing Executive: Branch network.
Qualifications: BAcc (Hons); CA(SA)
Appointed: September 2016
Before joining the Group, Jason was a partner at Ernst & Young Inc. He joined the Group in 2008 as the Financial Controller and was appointed as the Head of Finance in 2014 after holding several senior finance positions.
Jason is a Director of Absa Financial Services Limited, Woolworths Financial Services (Pty) Limited and is an employer appointed Trustee of the Absa Pension Fund.
Zameera Ally, Head of Internal Audit is an ex officio member of the Executive Committee. The colours encircling individuals’ photos links to the Executive Committee composition data reflected below.
|1||As defined in the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.|
|1||Board composition and committee acronyms are detailed here.|
|2||Zameera Ally is an ex officio member of the Group Executive Committee.|