Success is a collective thing, says Marsh Africa's Michelle Pienaar

CFO SA caught up with some of this year's CFO Awards nominees.

In a round of CFO Award nominee engagements, CFO South Africa MD Graham Fehrsen sat down with Michelle Pienaar (CFO of Marsh Africa) and Dean Subramanian (CFO of ArcelorMittal) to talk about their experiences of the CFO Awards process, both of which were positive.

Michelle's whole team was in attendance to see her receive her CFO Award nominee trophy and it was a touching moment to see the team celebrate together.

Michelle said:

“We just never have the chance to sit and reflect, so you often don't see the progress you and your team have made. Success is a collective thing – I would be nowhere without my really great team!”

Dean was equally emphatic about the lack of time to reflect. He said:

“I've been here just over three years and it's been a whirlwind ride. The business has been going through some tough times and when this awards process arrived, I was a little unsure about whether to accept the nomination. In the end, it was a really good way to reflect and acknowledge the team around me for the huge effort they've put in.”

Although Dean recently announced that he would be leaving ArcelorMittal, he says he is hugely grateful for the opportunities the tough market conditions threw his way. “I've learnt so much and I think it will stand me in good stead. Being recognised for this work is also nice, given how well regarded the CFO Awards are,” he said.

Pictured, from left to right: Ben Jamera, FP&A South Africa; Jaco Steenkamp, FP&A South Africa; Ugen Pillay, Head of FP&A for Africa and South Africa; Shonisani Ramovha, FP&A South Africa; Melissa Bryant, FP&A for Rest of Africa and Guy Carpenter; Michelle Pienaar, CFO Marsh Africa; Toni Schoombie, Executive Assistant to CFO; Wikus Dippenaar, FP&A South Africa