Reeza Isaacs


Job Title: former group FD

Company: Woolworths


Reeza Isaacs joined Woolworths in June 2013 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer, and was appointed Finance Director in November 2013. He retired in December 2023.

He was previously the senior partner for the Western Cape EY office and a partner from 1999. Reeza has worked across multiple business sectors, including manufacturing, retail, oil, gas, asset management and insurance and with a wide variety of entities, including, listed, private and owner-managed entities. He served as the Lead Partner for several of EY’s largest Cape Town clients, including Engen, Coronation, Woolworths, Metropolitan Life, Sanlam and Truworths.

Reeza is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee. He has a B.Com from the University of Cape Town. Reeza was awarded the CFO of the Year award of 2016 from CFO South Africa. 

2013 – 2023         Group Finance Director, Woolworths Holdings Ltd
2013 – 2013         Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Woolworths Holdings Ltd
2010 – Present    Executive Director, Woolworths Holdings Ltd
2010 – 2012         Engagement Partner, Woolworths Holdings Ltd
2011 – 2013         Regional Senior Partner, EY
2010 – 2011         Managing Partner, EY
2007 – 2010         Leader of Audit Business, EY
1999 – 2013         Partner, EY
1991                       Article Clerk

1987 – 1991         B.Com, Accounting, UCT
1985                       Matric, Belgravia High School.


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