Running Bidvest doesn’t scare me! - Mpumi Madisa (39)
When I joined Bidvest, I was 23 years old…Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
I was introduced to Brian Joffe quite early in my career. It was probably the scariest moment of my life…Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
Six years ago; both Brian and Lindsay said to me the role of CEO could be in reach for me… I remember just about falling off my chair… I just decided I’m going to do my best…Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
When Mpumi Madisa becomes Bidvest’s new CEO, she will be the first female to lead the company.
She will be the only black woman CEO of a JSE Top-40 company.
At 39, she’ll also be the youngest.
The emergence of Mpumi Madisa as Chief Executive of a major corporation in our economy is a significant personal achievement that also signifies a new advance in gender transformation in business.President Cyril Ramaphosa
Madisa, who joined Bidvest in 2003, has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment, a BComm Honours in Economics and a BSc in Economics and Mathematics.
Bidvest employs 137 000 people.
It has a market capitalisation of R72 billion.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).
My career progression was very quick…Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
At one time I was sitting on 22 boards…Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
It is male-dominated… it’s a reflection of corporate South Africa… regardless of gender, we’re really about, ‘Do you understand the business, and can you add value?’…Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
I’ve grown up in Bidvest… What I’ve been trained for is to run an organisation like Bidvest… it doesn’t scare me at all!Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
I’ve got a team of 130 000!Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest
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