South African Ferdie Pieterse appointed as Experian Africa CEO

Ferdie joins Experian from Standard Chartered, where he served as COO for seven years.

Ireland-based information services company Experian has appointed South African Ferdie Pieterse as its new CEO for its Africa division with immediate effect. 

According to a statement by the company, Ferdie is a seasoned Africa and emerging markets executive with extensive pan-Africa experience. He has also held various C-suite roles in listed and non-listed entities within the financial services sector. 

For the past seven years, Ferdie served as COO at Standard Chartered Bank, which saw his role expand from COO Africa for the wholesale banking division to COO for the end-to-end banking operations in Africa and the Middle East, covering 25 markets. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Ferdie was an executive director of JSE-listed Kelly Group, serving as CFO and then COO. 

Other roles include CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, CFO of Citigroup Africa, finance officer and internal auditor of Nedbank, as well as an audit senior at Deloitte South Africa.

Ferdie holds an honours degree in accounting from UNISA, as well as a postgraduate diploma in advanced banking (cum laude).

He qualified as a CA as well as a CISA and alumni of the Said Business School of the University of Oxford.  

Experian EMEA COO Marco Benvenuto said: 

“We are committed to providing end to end continuity and customer centricity to our clients, and strong leadership to our Experian Africa employees. We are therefore very pleased to welcome Ferdie to the team. His extensive experience in financial services, particularly at local and global banks operating on the continent, makes him an excellent fit for this role and we are confident in his ability to drive future growth for Experian across Africa.”