Eskom undertakes executive search for new CEO

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Outgoing group CEO André de Ruyter is expected to leave at the end of March.

André de Ruyter, Eskom group CEO, will be leaving the power utility at the end of March after tendering his resignation late last year.

“It has been an honour and privilege to serve Eskom and South Africa. I wish all the hard-working people of Eskom well,” he said during the announcement of his resignation.

Eskom board chairperson Mpho Makwana added, “Mr De Ruyter has agreed to stay for an additional period beyond the stipulated 30 days’ notice to ensure continuity while we urgently embark on a search for his successor. His last day at Eskom will be 31 March 2023.

Eskom has not yet named a successor, and is reportedly undertaking a comprehensive executive search to find a suitably qualified candidate.

André held the role of CEO of Nampak prior to taking up the role at Eskom on 15 January 2020. He also has over 20 years of experience at petrochemicals group Sasol.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands, a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pretoria.

In an exclusive CFO South Africa insight piece, shortly after André was appointed to lead Eskom, UCT GSB’s Dr Tim London revealed the challenges faced by the incoming CEO and the lessons leaders could learn from them.

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