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Felix Lombard new Pioneer Foods CFO

Following a robust recruitment process in evaluating external and internal candidates, Pioneer Food Group, the South Africa-based food and drinks group, has appointed Felix Lombard as its new CFO. Cindy Hess held the CFO role until late 2016, a tenure which saw her nominated for the 2016 CFO of the Year Awards.

Lombard, a qualified CA(SA), also…


Meet Wayne Koonin (Omnia), winner of the Finance & Technology Award

Wayne Koonin, CFO of Omnia, led a strategy to implement a new, company-wide ERP system and IT platform as a basis for taking the business to a new level. For this, Wayne won the Finance & Technology Award at the recent CFO Awards, held on 11 May at Summer Place in Johannesburg.…


FinTech unicorn Transferwise hits the black

FinTech unicorn Transferwise says the company has reached operational profitability six years after launch. The London-based currency exchange startup says it is currently amassing £8 million a month in revenue and is on target to reach £100 million for…


I came to finance less by design and more by default

“I am operationally focused and have good attention to detail and follow up. If there is a problem I determine immediately what the issue is and address and follow up with management and hold them accountable,” says Melanie Chong,…


Agriculture and mining growth forecast lifted by IMF

The Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its forecast for economic growth in South Africa. It forecast growth of one percent for South Africa this year, up from the 0.8 percent prediction made in April.

The international lender has done this because the drought – considered the worst in more than a century – seems to have…


Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 20, 2017

Do you want to keep up to date with the latest developments in finance, but you are short of time? Don’t worry. CFO South Africa weekly collects 10 of the most important articles from international media for your convenience.

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Meet Debbie Ransby (Takeda), winner of the Moving into Africa Award

At the recent CFO Awards, held on 11 May at the stunning Summer Place in Johannesburg, Debbie Ransby of pharmaceutical firm Takeda Africa walked away with the Moving into Africa Award, received largely because of her change management work in Egypt, where she faced numerous tough challenges,…


Digiterra signs up for Finance Indaba 2017

Digiterra has joined Finance Indaba 2017 as a silver partner and will make its debut at the event at the Sandton Convention Centre in October.

Do you want to know more about the latest and greatest in finance? Register to …


Look for the opportunity within the crisis, says Standard Bank’s Zaid Moola

“In South Africa, the full impact of a downgrade to sub-investment status will probably only manifest over the next 12 to 18 months. Companies in strong balance-sheet positons should be cautiously opportunistic and look for value-enhancing acquisitions both in South Africa and abroad. As much as economic conditions may be tough, my view is that we should…


BCX partners with WeThinkCode in R60 million deal

Telkom subsidiary BCX has launched a R60-million partnership with local incubator, WeThinkCode, a tuition-free programme designed to educate new software engineers. The deal will see the South African incubator expand its Johannesburg-based operations and also launch in Cape Town.

Ian Russell (pictured), CEO of BCX,…


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