ShapeShifter

Running Bidvest doesn’t scare me! - Mpumi Madisa (39)

When I joined Bidvest, I was 23 years old…

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

I was introduced to Brian Joffe quite early in my career. It was probably the scariest moment of my life…

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

Six years ago; both Brian and Lindsay said to me the role of CEO could be in reach for me… I remember just about falling off my chair… I just decided I’m going to do my best…

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

When Mpumi Madisa becomes Bidvest’s new CEO, she will be the first female to lead the company.

She will be the only black woman CEO of a JSE Top-40 company.

At 39, she’ll also be the youngest.

The emergence of Mpumi Madisa as Chief Executive of a major corporation in our economy is a significant personal achievement that also signifies a new advance in gender transformation in business.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Madisa, who joined Bidvest in 2003, has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment, a BComm Honours in Economics and a BSc in Economics and Mathematics.

Bidvest employs 137 000 people.

It has a market capitalisation of R72 billion.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Madisa for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).

My career progression was very quick…

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

At one time I was sitting on 22 boards…

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

It is male-dominated… it’s a reflection of corporate South Africa… regardless of gender, we’re really about, ‘Do you understand the business, and can you add value?’…

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

I’ve grown up in Bidvest… What I’ve been trained for is to run an organisation like Bidvest… it doesn’t scare me at all!

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

I’ve got a team of 130 000!

Mpumi Madisa, incoming CEO - Bidvest

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