Sept. 10, 2019

De Montfort University MBA graduate becomes CEO of South African company

A De Montfort University Leicester graduate has just become the chief executive of one of South Africa's biggest companies.

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from DMU in 1996. She has now been named as CEO at Naspers South Africa, and she is the first woman and black person to take on this role.

Naspers South Africa is part of a $108-billion enterprise that invests in technology around the world. In her new role Ms Mahanyele-Dabengwa will lead the group’s day-to-day business in the country and be responsible for Naspers Foundry and Naspers Labs. Naspers Foundry is designed to help stimulate the South African tech sector, whilst Naspers Labs is a social impact initiative to tackle youth unemployment.

Speaking of her exciting new role Ms Mahanyele-Dabengwa enthuses, “I am thrilled to be joining Naspers at such a pivotal time for the group and for South Africa and look forward to adding value to the group in realising its strategy.”

Group CEO Naspers, Bob van Dijk, adds, “Phuthi is a seasoned leader with a strong track record of achievement throughout her career. Her significant investor and board experience across varied sectors, makes Phuthi the perfect match for this important role at Naspers.”

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Content added on 10th September 2019. 

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