Betting on a Darkie

GIBS Dean, Prof Nicola Kleyn in conversation with Mteto Nyati, Group CE of Altron and former CEO of MTN.

Mteto Nyati knew years ago as a schoolboy in Mthatha, working behind the counter at his mother’s trading store, that he wanted to fix and build things. 

After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering at Natal University, he turned down a Rhodes scholarship and headed for Johannesburg to take up a position at Afrox. He was the only black engineer and the sole advice he received from his superiors was ‘don’t mess up’. He didn’t. Today Nyati is one of South Africa’s top CEOs, having steered Microsoft South Africa and MTN South Africa out of troubled times. He is currently guiding the transition of Altron from a family business, started at the height of apartheid, into a high-performing international IT company with a social conscience.

About the Speaker: 
Mteto Nyati is group chief executive and executive director of Altron. He served as CEO at MTN, where he was responsible for returning the business to growth by overhauling employee
engagement and transforming customer experience. Named as one of Yale University's World Fellows in 2004, he is also a joint winner of the IT Personality of the Year Award 2013.

Additional Info:

Registration: 17:45

Starts: 18:00

Ends:19:30

A light supper will be served after the event.

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  • Professor Nicola Kleyn (Dean)

    Nicola Kleyn is the dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science. In addition to her responsibilities at GIBS, she also lectures on various marketing-related academic and company-specific short courses she also consults to a number of organisations seeking to grow customer, brand and reputational equity.


    She worked previously at Investec Bank where she managed the learning and development function and at Edgars in a store control capacity. She also spent seven years lecturing marketing to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the faculty of commerce at Wits University.


    Nicola has been recognised as an established researcher by the National Research Foundation, achieving a C1 NRF rating. She has published articles in a number of academic journals including: California Management Review, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, International Marketing Review, Journal of Marketing Intelligence and Planning, South African Journal of Business Management, and Management Dynamics on the topics of marketing and ethics. She has also presented a number of conference papers at both local and international academic conferences and is a regular contributor to the popular press.

     

    In 2017, she was appointed as member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Product & Brand Management.

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