Nominees 2019

Finance executives who have shown exemplary skills, vision and results can be nominated for the CFO Awards. Nominations are submitted by the panel of judges, business leaders, colleagues, finance teams and partners. A shortlist is prepared by the experts of CFO South Africa under supervision of the panel.

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Andre du Plessis
CFO Capitec Bank (profile)
Arno Daehnke
Group FD Standard Bank
Bothwell Mazarura
CFO Kumba Iron Ore (profile)
Bridget Radebe
CFO African Rainbow Capital
Clifford Appel
CFO Department of Social Development (profile)
Dion Mhlaba
CFO RH Bophelo
Glenn Fullerton
CFO Nampak (profile)
Hannes Boonzaaier
Group CFO AfroCentric (profile)
Hennie Nel
CFO Santam
Jason Quinn
Group FD Absa (profile)
Mark Kathan
CFO AECI (profile)
Masibulele Dem
CFO Hulisani (profile)
Matthias Vogt
CFO Afrox (profile)
Nakedi Ramaphakela
FD Royal Bafokeng Holdings (profile)
Nolwazi Mamorare
CFO University of Johannesburg
Nonkululeko Dlamini
CFO IDC (profile)
Paul Victor
CFO Sasol (profile)
Ralph Mupita
CFO MTN (profile)
Sizwe Nkosi
CFO Phembani Group
Thapelo Mashiane
CFO Gauteng Provincial Government: Office of the Premier

Categories CFO Awards

1. CFO of the Year
The CFO of the Year has shown financial leadership and outstanding performance over a number of years. He or she is very involved with the strategy of the company and is a true business partner. The CFO of the Year has been the driving force behind growth and profitability and strives for excellence in all aspects of the financial profession. The CFO of the Year is leading by example and has outperformed all others based on Skills, Attitude and Results.

2. Public Sector CFO of the Year
The Public Finance Awards for Excellence in Government Finance recognize innovative programs – contributions to the practice of government finance that exemplify outstanding financial management. The awards stress practical, documented work that offers leadership to the profession and promotes improved public finance.

3. Young CFO of the Year
The winner of the Young CFO of the Year Award has shown remarkable professional development and has been of great value for the board. Aged up to and including 40, this CFO has moved up through the ranks. He or she is praised for leadership, work ethics and for taking responsibility at the moments of truth.

4. Strategy Execution Award
The winner of the Strategy Execution Award has dealt with serious and intense changes in the business environment. Nevertheless, by responding timely and agile, the business successfully adapted to the new demands and challenges. The new business strategy has been implemented successfully. The CFO who wins this award has shown great steermanship in creating the right (financial) conditions to execute the new strategy. The CFO and his team contributed with valuable insights, analyses, the (re)allocation of assets and the alignment of the finance function with the new strategy. Moreover, the CFO has managed to keep the business financially healthy while staying agile and competitive.

5. Transformation & Empowerment Award
The winner of this Award has shown remarkable achievements to create jobs and build the economy while boosting the performance of the company. The CFO has looked after compliance with the codes of good practice and is a promoter of transformation as a strategic imperative. The company has made serious efforts to bring those who are left outside into the economy. He or she made B-BBEE good practice a standing agenda item for board and management meetings to help maximise its B-BBEE rating in terms of the legislation and charters.

6. High Performance Team Award
Outstanding financial talent management and teamwork. That is the requirement to win this Award. The winner has demonstrated his capabilities to build a high performing financial team that is both efficient and customer focussed. Based on a clear vision, this CFO has invested in talent development to align future needs with the available skills set. The winner of the Award is an inspiring coach for his co-workers and gives attention to personal and professional development of his employees.

7. Compliance & Governance Award
The Compliance and Governance Award goes to the CFO who is a champion in helping the business achieve its goals in a way that is open, honest, ethical and principled. Working in a globalised and complex business environment, he or she faces a complex assortment of new and sometimes challenging laws and regulations. The winner of the award has contributed heavily to build and implement systems designed to detect and prevent compliance breaches. Last but not least he or she is leading the development of a strong compliance culture and best practices that secure buy-in from executives, managers, employees, contractors and business partners all at levels.

8. Finance Transformation Award
The winner of the Finance Transformation Award has shown great improvement in the way the finance function operates to meet future challenges. The CFO who wins this Award has been very successful in redefining the financial function and made great efforts to become a cost-effective, service-oriented partner to the business. He or she showed courage to radically rethink the way finance works and operates. During this process, the CFO has met key stakeholder requirements and considered the better practices and lessons of others. The winner of the Finance Transformation Award has worked hard to realign all aspects of the operating model - process, organization, people and technology – to become a finance master. The winner is respected for his or her efforts to stimulate a culture for added value, excellence and continuous improvement within Finance.

9. Moving into Africa Award
The winner of this Awards is the driving force behind the company's successful expansion into Africa. The CFO has made a great effort to manage the risk and to seize opportunities for growth in Africa’s upcoming economies. Based on sound analysis and a strategic and financial plan, the company has established itself in new markets and has conquered market share. He or she has invested in knowledge and expertise to deal with specific cultural, legal and financial issues and has built an international finance team.

10. Finance & Technology Award
Technology offers us an almost unlimited range of opportunities to improve our business models, processes and overall value proposition. The winner of this Award has invested in and unlocked technologies that had the power to transform the business and create new value. The winner has played a crucial role in crafting and executing a successful business-aligned IT strategy to provide businesses with value delivery. Based on a clear vision and plan, this CFO has strongly supported and financially enabled the implementation of systems with a proven impact on the quality, efficiency and effectivity of the organisation. The winner is a steward for technology driven change and develops and shares his or her knowledge and know-how of technology.

Nominees 2018

Ajith Haripaul
CFO EY Africa (profile)
Alvin Liew
FD Laureate South Africa (profile)
Christine Ramon
CFO AngloGold Ashanti (profile)
Dean Subramanian
CFO ArcelorMittal South Africa (profile)
Glenn Fullerton
CFO Nampak (profile)
Jan Hofmeyr
CFO OUTsurance (profile)
Joe Ndala
CFO AECOM Africa (profile)
Krish Kumar
CFO eThekwini Municipality (profile)
Leon Serfontein
CFO AfriSam (profile)
Liaan Kretzschmar
FD Jaguar Land Rover South Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa (profile)
Melt Hamman
CFO Attacq (profile)
Michelle Pienaar
CFO Marsh Africa (profile)
Nonkululeko Dlamini
CFO IDC (profile)
Osman Mia
CFO AstraZeneca South Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa (profile)
Peter Walsh
CFO Servest (profile)
Pushpender Singla
CFO Vedanta Zinc International (profile)
Refiloe Nkadimeng
Group FD Thebe (profile)
Rian du Toit
CFO Hans Merensky Holdings (profile)
Rui Morais
CFO DisChem Pharmacies (profile)
Sean Capazorio
Group finance officer Aspen Pharmacare (profile)
Silindile Kubheka
CFO National Treasury (profile)
Tryphosa Ramano
CFO PPC (profile)
Udayan Sen
CFO BP Southern Africa (profile)
Umar Banda
Umar Banda
CFO City of Tshwane (profile)
Wayne Koonin
Wayne Koonin
Group CFO Omnia (profile)

Nominees 2017

Charl Keyter
Charl Keyter
CFO Sibanye-Stillwater (profile)
Nishant Saxena
CFO Cipla Sub-Saharan Africa (until 2017)
Chris Patricios
Group CFO Primedia (profile)
Nishlan Samujh
Group CFO Investec (profile)
Debbie Ransby
Debbie Ransby
Finance Director Africa Takeda Pharmaceuticals (MD since 2018)
EPPF Nopasika Lila
Nopasika Lila
CFO Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (CEO since 2018) (profile)
Elton Bosch
Elton Bosch
CFO Clover (until 2017)
Paul Marten
Finance Director Microsoft South Africa (until 2018)
Garry Pita
Group CFO Transnet (until 2018) (profile)
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Pieter de Wit
Financial Director Afrimat (profile)
Imraan Soomra
CFO Oceana Group (CEO since 2018) (profile)
Rajesh Mahabeer
Rajesh Mahabeer
CFO South African National Parks (until 2017)
Innocentia Pule ​
CFO National Empowerment Fund
Ramasela Ganda
Ramasela Ganda
Group CFO Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (until 2016)
Johan Geel
Johan Geel
Group CFO AFGRI (until 2018)
Reggie Boqo
Reggie Boqo
Group CFO City of Johannesburg (until 2017)
Mark Godfrey
CFO SPAR (profile)
Rob Katz
Robert Katz
CFO Peregrine Holdings (CEO since 2017) (profile)
Lucas Verwey
Finance Director Distell (profile)
Till Streichert
Till Streichert
CFO Vodacom Group (profile)
Lushen Pather
Lushen Pather
CFO Sasfin Bank (until 2017)
Umar Banda
Umar Banda
CFO City of Tshwane (profile)
Mary Vilakazi
Group FD MMI Holdings (until 2018)
Wayne Koonin
Wayne Koonin
Group CFO Omnia (profile)
Nichola Dewar
CFO South African Post Office (until 2018) (profile)
Yvonne Chetty
Yvonne Chetty ​
CFO Department of Energy

Nominees 2016

Andrew King
CFO Mondi Group (profile)
Bikash Prasad
CFO Olam Africa & Middle East (profile)
Charl Keyter
Charl Keyter
CFO Sibanye-Stillwater (profile)
Christine Ramon
CFO AngloGold Ashanti (profile)
Cindy Hess
CFO Pioneer Foods (until 2016)
Clifford Appel
CFO Department of Social Development (profile)
Deon Fredericks
CFO Telkom (profile)
Dumisani Dlamini
CFO National Arts Council (since 2017 CFO SANParks)
Evan Tsatsarolakis
CFO Taste Holdings (profile)
Grant Karolus
CFO Bowman Gilfillan Africa (since 2016 Finance Director Leapfrog Investments) (profile)
Johan Geel
Johan Geel
Group CFO AFGRI (until 2018)
Leon Crouse
CFO Remgro (until 2016)
Mark Kathan
CFO AECI (profile)
Matone Ditlhake
Finance Director Groupe SEB Africa (until 2017)
Mohammed Abdool-Samad
Financial Director Illovo Sugar (profile)
Nishant Saxena
CFO Cipla Sub-Saharan Africa (until 2017)
Osman Arbee
CFO Imperial Holdings (until 2016)
Reeza Isaacs
Group Finance Director Woolworths (profile)
Rob Katz
Robert Katz
CFO Peregrine Holdings (CEO since 2017) (profile)
Ryan McDougall
Financial Director Trustco Group (until 2017)
Shabeer Khan
CFO Department of Trade and Industry (profile)
Suren Maharaj
Financial Director Pikitup
Walter Leonhardt
Financial Director Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (until 2016 ABI)
Wayne Koonin
Wayne Koonin
Group CFO Omnia (profile)
Yvonne Chetty
Yvonne Chetty ​
CFO Department of Energy

Nominees 2015

Andre Broodryk
CFO Interwaste Holdings (until 2017)
Anoj Singh
CFO Transnet (until 2015).
Bikash Prasad
CFO Olam Africa & Middle East (profile)
Bongani Nqwababa
CFO Anglo American Platinum (until 2015)
Brett Clark
CFO Mpact (profile)
Brett Tromp
CFO Discovery Health (profile)
Brooks Mparutsa
Group CFO Hollard Insurance (until 2015)
Cobus Grove
CFO Digicore (until 2015)
Colin Brown
CFO Super Group (profile)
David Edley
‎Group Financial Director Santova (profile)
David Hodnett
Group Financial Director Barclays Africa (until 2016)
Deon Viljoen
CFO Alexander Forbes (since 2017 CFO Discovery) (profile)
Fikile Mhlontlo
CFO Denel (until 2016)
Greg Davis
CFO Standard Bank Rest of Africa (since 2016 CFO Ecobank)
Imraan Soomra
CFO Oceana Group (CEO since 2018) (profile)
John King
CEO EOH (profile)
Kevin Johnson
CFO Howden Africa (until 2017)
Lawrence Weitzman
CFO Business Connexion (until 2015)
Mark Godfrey
CFO SPAR (profile)
Mark Kathan
CFO AECI (profile)
Megan Pydigadu
CFO MiX Telematics (until 2017) (profile)
Michael Fleming
CFO Clicks Group (profile)
Mohammed Abdool-Samad
Financial Director Illovo Sugar (profile)
Paul Schmidt
CFO Gold Fields (profile)
Raisibe Morathi
CFO Nedbank (profile)
Reeza Isaacs
Group Finance Director Woolworths (profile)
Robbie Taylor
CFO Ascendis Health (until 2015)
Rofhiwa Irene Singo
CFO Department of Mineral Resources (profile)
Ronel van Dijk
CFO Spur Corporation (until 2018)
Shabeer Khan
CFO Department of Trade and Industry (profile)
Suren Singh
Group CFO Morvest Business Group
Vuyo Mafata
CFO Unemployment Insurance Fund (until 2016)

Nominees 2014

Aarti Takoordeen
CFO JSE Limited (profile)
Andre du Plessis
CFO Capitec Bank (profile)
Anoj Singh
CFO Transnet (until 2015).
Brett Tromp
CFO Discovery Health (profile)
Colin Brown
CFO Super Group (profile)
Craig Barnard
Financial Director Invicta Holdings (profile)
Dalu Majeke
CFO National Treasury (until 2015)
Dudley Saayman
Head of Finance British American Tobacco South Africa (until 2015)
Garth Saunders
Finance Director SAB (until 2014)
Jannie Serfontein
CFO Eqstra Holdings (until 2015)
John King
CEO EOH (profile)
John Snalam
CFO Coronation Fund Managers (profile)
Kevin Johnson
CFO Howden Africa (until 2017)
Lawrence Weitzman
CFO Business Connexion (until 2015)
Megan Pydigadu
CFO MiX Telematics (until 2017) (profile)
Nichola Dewar
CFO South African Post Office (until 2018) (profile)
Rob Evans
Group CFO Datatec (until 2014)
Simon Ridley
Group FD Standard Bank (until 2016)
Tryphosa Ramano
CFO PPC (profile)
Vuyo Memani-Sedile
Executive Director: Finance Unisa (until 2016)
Wallace Holmes
Group CFO AfroCentric Group (until 2015)
Wynand Greeff
Financial Director PSG Group (profile)