Anglo American appointed Nolitha Fakude as chair of its management board with effect from September. She joined the group management committee of Anglo American as Group Director – South Africa.
Nolitha has also just published a book, Boardroom Dancing, she chats to Professor Nicola Kleyn, dean of GIBS, about her new role, career and book.
Boardroom Dancing is Nolitha's memoir of her journey as a business leader and advocate of transformation in the South African working environment.
Nolitha grew up as a shopkeeper's daughter in the Eastern Cape, studied at the University of Fort Hare and then entered the workplace as a Graduate Trainee at Woolworths.
Subsequently, she has worked in very senior positions at some major blue-chip companies, including Woolworths, Nedbank and Sasol. She was also MD and then Chair of the Black Management Forum.
Nolitha is held in high regard within business circles and serves on numerous boards. Although Boardroom Dancing is her personal journey, it is also a lesson for South Africans committed to the transformation of boardrooms and the economy, and for women looking for role models as they climb corporate ladders and become thought-leaders in their own right.
Nolitha is a humble leader who is widely respected as a pioneer who was at the forefront of transformation strategy, both within the companies she worked for and as a leader at the Black Management Forum where she worked with business, government and unions to drive change in South Africa.
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