Professor Nicola Kleyn in conversation with Ben Kruger, joint CEO of the Standard Bank Group

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In the latest of the CEO conversations Professor Nicola Kleyn chats to Ben Kruger, about how the banking and financial services industry is holding up against the current economic headwinds. Given Standard Bank’s presence in 20 African countries, the conversation will flow into the African narrative and the bank’s commitment to driving growth across the continent. They will also discuss the impact of digital disruption across the sector and how it’s changing the future face of banking.  


Ben Kruger

Ben Kruger completed his schooling at Heidelberg Hoër Volkskool, and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Pretoria.

He served his articles at Peat Marwick Mitchel & Co (KPMG), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and completed the Advanced Programme in Management at Harvard Business School.

Ben joined Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank in 1985 and having fulfilled various roles in Corporate and Investment Banking was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive, in 1998 and Chief Executive in 2001.

During 2006 Ben was appointed Chief Executive, Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group until September 2008, whereafter he assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Standard Bank Group.

In 2011, in his role of Deputy Group Chief Executive, Ben assumed responsibility for both major banking business lines, Corporate & Investment Banking and Personal & Business Banking.

In March 2013 Ben was appointed as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Standard Bank Group Limited. Ben currently serves as a director of ICBC Standard Bank Plc, Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited and the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited.

Additional Info

Registration: 17:45

Event starts: 18:00

Event ends: 19:00

Cocktails 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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