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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 is the Dean: Executive Education at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management and a full professor of Corporate Marketing.

    Until June 2020 Prof Kleyn was Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a position she held for five years. In addition to her executive management responsibilities at GIBS, Prof Kleyn is a researcher and teacher in the areas of Corporate Branding and Reputation Management. She is also an active strategic facilitator and enjoys moderating public events.

    Prof Kleyn a former President of the Board of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), the African representative on the CEEMAN board and a member of the global EYQ Fellows Program and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Gordon Institute of Business Science and MIB Trieste School of Management.


    • DBA (UP)
    • MBA (Wits)
    • B Com (Hons) (Wits)
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