Simon Adams


Job Title: CFO

Company: Nando's South Africa


Simon Adams has been the chief financial officer of Nando’s South Africa since February 2017.

Simon received a B.Com honours degree in accounting and qualified as a CA(SA) from the University of Johannesburg.

After serving his articles for three years at RSM Betty & Dickson in Johannesburg he served as an audit senior at the company. He then moved to Anglo American, where he served as financial accountant, followed by Japan Tobacco International, where he served as a financial accountant.

In 2009 he was appointed the commercial manager of AVI before joining Mondelēz International in 2011 as a FP&A category finance manager. He was promoted to head of finance for the company’s Kraft Foods Kenya division in 2012 and to finance business lead of central and east Africa in 2014.

Before joining Nando’s, Simon served as the CFO of south, east and central Africa at BIC.

For his work as the CFO of Nando's South Africa, Simon has been nominated for the 2021 CFO Awards. 

2017 – Present     CFO, Nando’s South Africa
2015 – 2017          CFO: South, East and Central Africa, BIC
2014 – 2015          Finance business lead: Central and East Africa, Mondelēz International
2012 – 2014          Head of finance, Kraft Foods Kenya, Mondelēz International
2011 – 2012          FP&A category finance manager, Mondelēz International
2009 – 2011          Commercial manager, AVI
2008 – 2009          Financial accountant, Japan Tobacco International
2008 – 2008          Financial accountant, Anglo American
2005 – 2008          Audit senior & article clerk, RSM Betty & Dickson

2001 – 2004          B.Com honours, CA(SA), University of Johannesburg

About company: Nando's is a South African restaurant chain that specialises in Portuguese-African food, including its signature flame-grilled peri-peri style chicken.

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