Barloworld appoints first woman to chair its board

Neo Dongwana has been appointed as the chair of the Barloworld board.

Barloworld has appointed long-serving board member Neo Dongwana as its chairperson following her endorsement by shareholders at the group’s annual general meeting.

The appointment makes Dongwana the first woman to chair the board since the group’s inception. 

About her appointment, Dongwana said: 

“I am honoured to be appointed the chairperson of the board of Barloworld, a company I’ve been proud to serve for more than eight years.”

Dongwana has served on the Barloworld board since May 2012. After qualifying as a CA, she worked as an equity analyst at Gensec Asset Management. She has also previously served as an audit partner at Deloitte for almost 10 years. 

She is currently serving as a non-executive director of Mpact and Nedbank. She is also a member of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority Tribunal and of the African Women Chartered Accountants.

She will be taking over from Dumisa Ntsebeza, who said:

“It has been an honour and privilege to have been a member of the Barloworld board for just over 20 years and chairperson for 12. During this time, I have seen the group weather many changes and challenging macro-economic dynamics.”

The Barloworld Group also saw the appointment of its first black female CEO with the appointment of Ramasela Ganda as CEO of Avis Rent A Car Southern Africa. 

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