The new role will give her exposure to the prospects and difficulties in Africa, Nilza says.
Nilza Mngomezulu has recently been appointed as the new head of finance at Hollard Insurance and is excited about the opportunity for professional career growth. “Afro-Globalisation is at the heart of Hollard International’s brand and the new role will provide me with exposure to the African continent’s prospects and difficulties,” she says.
“The role will allow me to connect with people from different countries, while also broadening my experience and knowledge.
As with every new adventure, Nilza explains that she is also nervous to face the unknown, but isn’t scared to tackle it head-on. “I’m good at building relations and adjusting to new situations, which will help to grasp the dynamics of each country more quickly.”
Her first course of action as the head of finance will be devoting time to learning about the company, particularly its policies and procedures, and developing relationships with the finance teams and stakeholders across the Hollard entities. “As finance professionals, we need to be the truth-teller to the CEO, the board, and its shareholders by combining the traits of ethical responsibility and courage to stand for what is right.”
Nilza joins Hollard from Absa, where she served as the head of finance: insurance. Before that she was the CFO at Global Alliance Seguros for four years. Nilza is also a chairperson and co-founder of the Phenomenal Women Foundation, an organisation that brings hope and encouragement to women from across all walks of life, and a mentor at the Educhange Research Foundation.