DEFINITIVE LIST

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Of the 1364 companies listed on the 24 African stock exchanges, we screened for those companies with revenue of $100 million or more, or a market cap of $150 million or more, which yielded a list of 581 companies.  The public websites of these 581 companies were reviewed to identify female C-suite executives. Our team of researchers then examined the list of these women to determine those who have a title of chief executive officer or managing director or president AND have bottom line profit and loss responsibility. This resulted in the final list of 35 women CEOs.

Natascha Viljoen

CEO

Anglo American Platinum

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$30.9 billion USD Revenue 
Metals & Mining
South Africa

Natascha Viljoen

Nompumelelo Thembekile (Mpumi) Madisa

CEO / Executive Director

Bidvest Group

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$5.8 billion USD Revenue 
Retail
South Africa

Nompumelelo Thembekile (Mpumi) Madisa

Bertina Engelbrecht

CEO

Clicks Group

South Africa
Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$2.5 billion USD Revenue
Pharmaceuticals
South Africa
Bertina Engelbrecht

Lynette Francis Saltzman

Managing Director

Dis-Chem Pharmacies

South Africa
Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$1.9 billion USD Revenue
Pharamceuticals
South Africa
Lynette Francis Saltzman

Lizé Lambrechts

CEO

Santam

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$1.8 billion USD Revenue
Insurance
South Africa

Rosemary Oduor

Managing Director / CEO

Kenya Power & Lighting Ltd

Kenya

Nairobi Stock Exchange
$1.3 billion USD Revenue 
Energy
Kenya

Rosemary Oduor

Miriam Olusanya

Managing Director

Guaranty Trust Bank Limited

Nigeria

Nigeria Stock Exchange
$1.2 billion USD Revenue 
Finance
Nigeria

Miriam Olusanya

Albertinah Kekana

CEO

Royal Bafokeng Holdings

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$818 million USD Revenue
Finance
South Africa

Albertinah Kekana

Jane Karuku

Group Managing Director / CEO

East African Breweries Limited

Kenya

Nairobi Stock Exchange
$791 million USD Revenue 
Beverage
Kenya

Jane Karuku

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe

Managing Director / CEO

Fidelity Bank

Nigeria

Nigerian Stock Exchange
$600 million USD Revenue 
Financial
Nigeria

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe

Nathalie Alquier

CEO

Centrale Danone

Morocco

Casablanca Stock Exchange
$478 million USD Revenue 
Food Products
Morocco

Nathalie Alquier

Ruth Zaipuna

CEO

NMB Bank

Tanzania
Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
$451 million USD Revenue
Finance
Tanzania
Ruth Zaipuna

Rebecca Miano

Managing Director / CEO

Kenya Electricity Generating Company

Kenya

Nairobi Stock Exchange
$422 million USD Revenue
Energy
Kenya

Rebecca Miano

Nasim Devji

Group CEO / Managing Director

Diamond Trust Bank

Kenya

Nairobi Stock Exchange
$349 million USD Revenue
Finance
Kenya

Nasim Devji

Mercia Geises

CEO

SBN Holdings Ltd.

Namibia

Namibian Stock Exchange
$297 million USD Revenue
Finance
Namibia

Mercia Geises

Zanele Matlala

CEO

Merafe Resources Ltd.

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$292 million USD Revenue
Mining
South Africa

Zanele Matlala

Catherine Lesetedi

Group Chief Executive Officer

Botswana Insurance Holdings (BIHL Group)

Botswana

Botswana Stock Exchange
$287 million USD Revenue
Insurance
Botswana

Catherine Lesetedi

Anne Juuko

CEO

Stanbic Bank Holdings

Uganda

Uganda Securities Exchange
$238 million USD Revenue
Finance
Uganda

Anne Juuko

Mansa Nettey

Chief Executive

Standard Chartered Bank

Ghana

Ghana Stock Exchange
$208 million USD Revenue
Finance
Ghana

Mansa Nettey

Owen Omogiafo

President / CEO

Transnational Corp of Nigeria

Nigeria

Lagos Stock Exchange
$198 million USD Revenue
Energy / Hospitality
Nigeria

Owen Omogiafo

Jalila Mezni

CEO

Societe d'Articles Hygeniques

Tunisia

Bourse de Tunis
$191 million USD Revenue
Personal Products
Tunisia

Jalila Mezni

Diane Karusisi

CEO

BK Group PLC

Rwanda

Rwanda Stock Exchange
$184 million USD Revenue
Finance
Rwanda

Diane Karusisi

Jackie van Niekerk

CEO

Attacq Ltd.

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$180 million USD Revenue
Real Estate
South Africa

Jackie van Niekerk

Lamia Tazi

CEO

Sothema

Morocco

Casablanca Stock Exchange
$178 million USD Revenue
Pharmaceuticals
Morocco

Lamia Tazi

Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane

Managing Director

Absa Bank Botswana Ltd

Botswana

Botswana Stock Exchange
$173 million USD Revenue
Finance
Botswana

Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane

Mukwandi Chibesakunda

CEO

Zambia National Commercial Bank

Zambia

Lusaka Stock Exchange
$170 million USD Revenue
Finance
Zambia

Mukwandi Chibesakunda

Mitwa Ng'ambi

CEO

MTN Rwanda

Rwanda

Rwanda Stock Exchange
$157 million USD Revenue
Telecommunications
Rwanda

Mitwa Ng'ambi

Godrey Ogbechie

Group Executive Director

RainOil Ltd

Nigeria

Lagos Stock Exchange
$154 million USD Revenue
Oil & Gas
Nigeria

Godrey Ogbechie

Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun

Vice President / Managing Director

Oulmès

Morocco

Casablanca Stock Exchange
$152 million USD Revenue
Beverages
Morocco

Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun

Leila Fourie

CEO

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$150 million USD Revenue
Capital Markets
South Africa

Leila Fourie

Njilan Senghore

Managing Director

Trust Bank

Gambia

Accra Stock Exchange
$128 million USD Revenue
Finance
The Gambia

Njilan Senghore

Oluwatomi Somefun

Managing Director / CEO

Unity Bank

Nigeria

Lagos Stock Exchange
$112 million USD Revenue
Finance
Nigeria

Oluwatomi Somefun

Mama Tajmouati

President

YNNA Holding

Morocco

Casablanca Stock Exchange
$97 million USD Revenue
Construction
Morocco

Mama Tajmouati

Amelia Beattie

CEO

Liberty Two Degrees

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$58 million USD Revenue
Real Estate
South Africa

Amelia Beattie

Faith Mabu Nteta

Managing Director

Sechaba Breweries

Botswana

Botswana Stock Exchange
$19 million USD Revenue
Beverages
Botswana

Faith Mabu Nteta
DEFINITIVE LIST

DIVISION HEADS

The methodology for this group is identical to the methodology for Group 1, except that the entities evaluated were the divisions of the 581 companies, such that the divisions themselves have standalone revenue of $100 million or more, or a market cap of $150 million or more.  The women running these divisions must have a title that clearly demonstrates that they are the chief executive with profit and loss responsibility for the division. This analysis yielded 25 women CEOs.

Mpumi Zikalala

CEO, Kumba Iron Ore

Anglo American

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$31 billion USD Revenue
Mining
South Africa

Mpumi Zikalala

Kerrin Land

Managing Director / Personal Finance and Wealth Management

Old Mutual

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$8.7 billion USD Revenue
Insurance
South Africa

Kerrin Land

Prabashini Moodley

CEO, Sanlam Corporate

Old Mutual

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$8.7 billion USD Revenue
Insurance
South Africa

Prabashini Moodley

Kanyisa Mkhize

CEO, Sanlam Corporate

Sanlam

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$8.1 billion USD Revenue
Insurance
South Africa

Kanyisa Mkhize

Abena Osei-Poku

Managing Director, Absa Bank Ghana

Absa Group

Ghana

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$7.8 billion USD Revenue
Finance
Ghana

Abena Osei-Poku

Mizinga Melu

CEO / Managing Director Absa Zambia

Absa Group

Zambia

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$7.8 billion USD Revenue
Finance
Zambia

Mizinga Melu

Vivien McMenamin

CEO, South Africa

Mondi South Africa

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$7.6 billion USD Revenue
Paper & Forest products
South Africa

Vivien McMenamin

Mariam Cassim

Group CEO, Financial and Digital Services

Vodacom

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$6.0 billion USD Revenue
Telecoms
South Africa

Mariam Cassim

Hannah Sadiki

CEO, Financial Services

Bidvest Bank / Bidvest Group

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$5.8 billion USD Revenue
Finance
South Africa

Hannah Sadiki

Kerry Cassel

CEO, Financial Services Sector

Motus Holdings

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$5.7 billion USD Revenue
Retail
South Africa

Kerry Cassel

Zyda Rylands

CEO, Woolworths Food

Woolworths Holdings

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$5.1 billion USD Revenue
Retail
South Africa

Zyda Rylands

Fhulu Badugela

CEO, MultiChoice Africa Holdings

The MultiChoice Group

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$3.3 billion USD Revenue
Media
South Africa

Fhulu Badugela

Yolisa Phahle

CEO, General Entertainment and Connected Video

The MultiChoice Group

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$3.3 billion USD Revenue
Media
South Africa

Yolisa Phahle

Nevine Wefky

President, Corporate Credit and Investment

Commercial International Bank

Egypt

Egyptian Stock Exchange
$2.9 billion USD Revenue
Finance
Egypt

Nevine Wefky

Richelle Crots

Regional CEO, SA Commercial

Aspen Pharmacare Holdings

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$2.5 billion USD Revenue
Pharmaceuticals
South Africa

Richelle Crots

Ramatoulaye Diallo Shagaya

Managing Director, Orange Finances Mobile Services

Sonatel

Senegal

Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres
$2.1 billion USD Revenue
Telecoms
Senegal

Ramatoulaye Diallo Shagaya

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

CEO, Orange Sierra Leone

Sonatel

Senegal

Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres
$2.1 billion USD Revenue
Telecoms
Senegal

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

Kate Rycroft

Managing Director, Distell International

Distell Group

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$1.8 billion USD Revenue
Beverages
South Africa

Kate Rycroft

Abiola Bawuah

Regional CEO, West Africa

UBA Bank

Nigeria

Lagos Stock Exchange
$1.6 billion USD Revenue
Finance
Nigeria

Abiola Bawuah

Sally-Anne Jackson

Managing Director, Miladys

Mr Price Group

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$1.3 billion USD Revenue
Retail
South Africa

Sally-Anne Jackson

Elize Rogers

Managing Director, Arxo Logistics

Tharisa

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$596 million USD Revenue
Industrial / Mining
South Africa

Elize Rogers

Hélène Echevin

CEO, CIEL Healthcare

CIEL

Mauritius

Mauritius Stock Exchange
$446 million USD Revenue
Health Care
Mauritius

Hélène Echevin

Anet Ahern

CEO, PSG Asset Management

PSG Konsult

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$311 million USD Revenue
Finance
South Africa

Anet Ahern

Helene Weesie

Managing Director, Ghana Breweries

Diageo

Ghana

Accra Stock Exchange
$190 million USD Revenue
Beverages
Ghana

Helene Weesie

Nanees Adel

CSH Managing Director

Cleopatra Hospital

Egypt

Egyptian Stock Exchange
$126 million USD Revenue
Health Care
Egypt

Nanees Adel
DEFINITIVE LIST

MULTINATIONAL REGIONAL HEADS

The methodology for this group started with an analysis of global corporations with revenue over $10 billion who who have operations in one or more countries on the African continent.  The regional heads of these companies were analyzed to identify women chief executives for an Africa region or an African country, with profit and loss responsibility for the country or region.  This analysis yielded 14 women CEOs.  Women in this group are ranking by prioritizing those women who run the Africa region ahead of those who run a single African country.

Nunu Ntshingila

Regional Director Africa

Facebook

South Africa

NASDAQ Stock Exchange
$132.5 billion USD Revenue
Technology
South Africa

Nunu Ntshingila

Yvonne Ike

MD, Head Sub-Saharan Africa (ex-RSA)

Bank of America

Nigeria

New York Stock Exchange
$93.7 billion USD Revenue
Finance
Nigeria

Yvonne Ike

Cathy (Prim) Smith

Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa

SAP

South Africa

Frankfurt Stock Exchange
$31.2 billion USD Revenue
Technology
South Africa

Cathy Smith

Aida Diarra

Senior Vice President / Head of Sub-Saharan Africa

VISA Inc.

South Africa

New York Stock Exchange
$25.5 billion USD Revenue
Financial Services/Technology
South Africa

Aida Diarra

Teju Ajani

Managing Director, Nigeria

Apple

Nigeria

NASDAQ Stock Exchange
$378.3 billion USD Revenue
Technology
Nigeria

Teju Ajani
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Juliet Ehimuan

Director West Africa

Google (Alphabet Inc.)

Nigeria

NASDAQ Stock Exchange
$257.6 billion USD Revenue
Technology
Nigeria

Juliet Ehimuan

Taelo Mojapelo

Chief Executive Officer

bp Southern Africa

South Africa

London Stock Exchange
$211.2 billion USD Revenue
Energy
South Africa

Taelo Mojapelo

Mariam Kane-Garcia

Managing Director, South Africa

TotalEnergies

South Africa

Euronext Stock Exchange
$207.5 billion USD Revenue
Energy
South Africa

Mariam Kane-Garcia

Kendi Ntwiga-Nderitu

Country Lead, Kenya

Microsoft

Kenya

NASDAQ Stock Exchange
$184.9 billion USD Revenue
Technology
Kenya

Kendi Ntwiga-Nderitu

Lillian Barnard

CEO, South Africa

Microsoft

South Africa

NASDAQ Stock Exchange
$184.9 billion USD Revenue
Technology
South Africa

Lillian Barnard

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu

CEO, Nigeria and Ghana

Citibank

Nigeria

New York Stock Exchange
$75 billion USD Revenue
Finance
Nigeria

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu

Brenda Mbathi

President, GE East Africa

General Electric

Kenya

New York Stock Exchange
$74.2 billion USD Revenue
Energy
Kenya

Brenda Mbathi

Patricia Obo-Nai

CEO, Vodafone Ghana

Vodafone Group

Ghana

London Stock Exchange
$59.7 billion USD Revenue
Telecoms
Ghana

Patricia Obo-Nai

Yolanda Cuba

Vice President, SEA Region

MTN

South Africa

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
$11.9 billion USD Revenue
Telecommunications
South Africa

Yolanda Cuba
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