Clicks group appoints Bertina Engelbrecht as first black female CEO

Bertina will be taking over from exiting CEO Vikesh Ramsunder in January 2022.

Clicks group has announced the appointment of its group corporate affairs director, Bertina Engelbrecht, as its new CEO following the resignation of Vikesh Ramsunder. Bertina will be the first black female to lead a listed retail group in South Africa and will take up the role from January 2022.

“Being appointed CEO of a company of the stature of Clicks Group is a privilege and I thank the board for their confidence and support in entrusting me to lead the company,” says Bertina. “Clicks is on a sustained growth trajectory thanks largely to the quality of the highly experienced executive team and I look forward to leading this strong team from January next year.”

Vikesh leaves the pharmaceutical company to take up a career opportunity as the CEO of a listed company in Australia, but will continue as a strategic advisor to the group until August 2022.

Bertina joined the group in 2006 as group HR director and was appointed as an executive director in 2008. In December 2020 Bertina’s portfolio was expanded to include strategic stakeholder engagement.