5 Kenyan Women Listed Among the Top 50 Names in Corporate Africa

By Korir Isaac / Published October 16, 2021 | 12:05 pm




KEY POINTS

The list has started a movement to give African women something larger to aspire to, like running a large, complex business - not just SMEs as is often the focus of women in business.


Top 50 African Women

Africa.com has listed 5 Kenyan women among the names of the 50 most senior women in Corporate Africa.

The Africa.com Definitive List of Women CEOs is distinguished in that it is data-driven. It utilized data provided by Bloomberg and evaluated over 1,400 companies listed on the 24 African stock exchanges.

The list yielded many more women from South Africa than any other African country, followed by Nigeria and Kenya. The finance sector had more women CEOs than any other sector, followed closely by technology.

Jane Karuku, the Group Managing Director and CEO of East African Breweries Ltd led the Kenyan list and was ranked the fourth in the continent.

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Africa.com Managing Director Laura Joseph noted that five companies including Bidvest, Microsoft, Old Mutual, Sonatel, and Sanlam had more than one woman on the list. 

The methodology included three sections:

  1. CEOs of African exchange-listed companies with a market cap over $150 million USD;
  2. Division heads of African exchange-listed companies where the division itself would be valued at over $150 million were it standalone; and
  3. Africa region heads, or country heads, of globally listed companies with a market cap of over $50 billion.

According to Africa.com Chair and Executive Editor, Teresa Clarke the list gives African women hope and something to always look up to.

“The list has started a movement to give African women something larger to aspire to, like running a large, complex business – not just SMEs as is often the focus of women in business,” she said.

Here is the whole list

The Africa.com 2021 Definitive List of Women CEOs
RankNameTitleCompanyCountryStock ExchangeMarket Cap
1Natascha ViljoenCEOAnglo American PlatinumSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$37.6 billion USD
2Mpumi MadisaCEO / Executive DirectorBidvest GroupSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$3.6 billion USD
3Lizé LambrechtsCEO / Executive DirectorSantamSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$1.9 billion USD
4Miriam OlusanyaManaging DirectorGuaranty Trust Bank LtdNigeriaNigeria Stock Exchange$1.4 billion USD
5Jane KarukuGroup Managing Director and CEOEast African Breweries LtdKenyaNairobi Stock Exchange$1.2 billion USD
6Helena ConradieCEOSatrix 40South AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$650 million USD
7Leila FourieCEOJSESouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$640 million USD
8Ruth ZaipunaCEONMB BankTanzaniaDar es Salaam Stock Exchange$505 million USD
9Nathalie AlquierCEOCentrale DanoneMoroccoCasablanca Stock Exchange$500 million USD
10Catherine LesetediGroup Chief Executive OfficerBotswana Insurance HoldingsBotswanaBotswana Stock Exchange$445 million USD
11Mansa NetteyChief ExecutiveStandard Chartered BankGhanaGhana Stock Exchange$425 million USD
12Anne JuukoCEOStanbic Bank HoldingsUgandaUganda Securities Exchange$370 million USD
13Keabetswe Pheko-MoshaganeManaging DirectorAbsa Bank Botswana LtdBotswanaBotswana Stock Exchange$346 million USD
14Jackie van NiekerkCEOAttacq LtdSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$323 million USD
15Jalila MezniCEOSociété d’Articles Hygiéniques LILASTunisiaBourse de Tunis Stock Exchange$304 million USD
16Amelia BeattieCEOLiberty Two DegreesSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$281 million USD
17Mercia GeisesCEOSBN Holdings Ltd (Standard Bank)NamibiaNamibian Stock Exchange$277 million USD
18Rebecca MianoManaging Director and CEOKenya Electricity GeneratingKenyaNairobi Stock Exchange$275 million USD
19Miriem Bensalah-ChaqrounVP, Managing DirectorOulmesMoroccoMC/Casablanca Stock Exchange$230 million USD
20Diane KarusisiCEOBK Group PLCRwandaRwanda Stock Exchange$205 million USD
21Nasim DevjiGroup CEO and Managing DirectorDiamond Trust BankKenyaNairobi Stock Exchange$178 million USD
22Nneka Onyeali-IkpeManaging Director and CEOFidelity BankNigeriaNigerian Stock Exchange$165 million USD
DIVISION HEADS
23Kanyisa MkhizeCEO Sanlam CorporateSanlamSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$8.6 billion USD
24Vivien McMenaminCEO South AfricaMondi South AfricaSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$7.7 billion USD
25Nevine WefkyPresident of Corporate Credit and InvestmentCommercial International BankEgyptEgyptian Exchange$5.7 Billion USD
26Yolisa PhahleCEO General Entertainment and Connected VideoThe MultiChoice GroupSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$3.8 billion USD
27Kerrin LandManaging Director, Personal Finance&Wealth ManagementOld MutualSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$3.7 billion USD
28Prabashini MoodleyManaging DirectorOld Mutual CorporateSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$3.7 billion USD
29Hannah SadikiBidvest Financial Services CEOBidvest Financial ServicesSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$3.6 billion USD
30Ramatoulaye Diallo ShagayaManaging Director Orange Finances Mobile ServicesSonatelSenegalBourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières$2.2 billion USD
31Aminata Kane NdiayeCEO Orange Sierra LeoneSonatelSenegalBourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières$2.2 billion USD
32Kerry CasselCEO Financial Services SectorMotus HoldingsSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$1.1 billion USD
33Anet AhernCEO PSG Asset ManagementPSG KonsultSouth AfricaJohannesburg Stock Exchange$819 million USD
34Nanees AdelCSH Managing DirectorCleopatra HospitalEgyptEgyptian Exchange$468 million USD
35Hélène EchevinCEO, CIEL HealthcareCIELMauritiusStock Exchange of Mauritius$166 million USD
REGIONAL HEADS
36Teju AjaniManaging Director NigeriaAppleNigeriaNASDAQ$2.1 trillion USD
37Juliet EhimuanDirector West AfricaGoogleNigeriaNASDAQ$2.1 trillion USD
38Kendi Ntwiga-NderituCountry Lead KenyaMicrosoftKenyaNASDAQ$1.9 trillion USD
39Lillian BarnardCEO South AfricaMicrosoftSouth AfricaNASDAQ$1.9 trillion USD
40Nunu NtshingilaRegional Director, AfricaFacebookSouth AfricaNASDAQ$836 billion USD
41Aida DiarraSenior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan AfricaVISA IncSouth AfricaNew York Stock Exchange$466 billion USD
42Chantal Umutoni KagameCEOMTN RwandaRwandaRwanda Stock Exchange$361 billion USD
43Yvonne IkeManaging Director, Sub-Saharan AfricaBank of AmericaNigeriaNew York Stock Exchange$332 billion USD
44Cathy SmithMD Sub-Saharan AfricaSAPSouth AfricaFrankfurt Stock Exchange$171 billion USD
45Ireti Samuel-OgbuCEO Nigeria and GhanaCitibankNigeriaNew York Stock Exchange$151 billion USD
46Mariam Kane-GarciaCEO South Africa&Executive VP Southern AfricaTotalEnergiesSouth AfricaEuronext$122 billion USD
47Angela Kyerematen-JimohRegional Head North, East. and West AfricaIBMGhanaNASDAQ$119 billion USD
48Brenda MbathiPresident GE East AfricaGeneral ElectraKenyaNew York Stock Exchange$111 billion USD
49Mpumi ZikalalaManaging Director, de Beers Group Managed OperationsDe Beers GroupSouth AfricaDe Beers$61 billion USD
50Taelo MojapeloCEO and Vice PresidentBritish Petroleum Southern AfricaSouth AfricaLSE/London Stock Exchange$59 billion USD





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