The Barclays Africa Executive Committee oversees the execution of the strategy for the Group which includes Absa bank.

Arrie Rautenbach

Arrie is the Chief Risk Officer

Prior to his appointment, Arrie was Chief Executive Retail Banking responsible for managing Retail Banking across the African operations. He began his career with Absa Group in Bankfin in the late 1990s and has since held a number of leadership positions including Head of Retail Banking in South Africa and Managing Executive: Absa Card, Managing Executive: Customer Segments and Managing Executive: Branch network.

Qualifications: MBA, AMP

Bobby Malabie

Bobby is the Group Executive: Marketing and Corporate Relations

Bobby has held senior roles within Charter Life, Nedbank Group and South African Breweries. He then joined Liberty Group, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer: Marketing and Distribution.

Qualifications: BCom (Accounting), MBA, MDP (Harvard)

David Hodnett

David is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer

David joined the Executive Committee in 2008 and the Board as an Executive Director in 2010.

David is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer responsible for the Group’s South African operations. He completed his articles with KPMG and became a partner in the financial services team. He then joined Standard Bank group, where he was involved in group risk and retail credit functions. David joined the Group in 2008 as the Chief Risk Officer and became the Group’s Financial Director on 1 March 2010.

In December 2013, in addition to his role as Financial Director, David was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. From August 2016, he assumed responsibility for the Group’s South African operations including Retail and Business Banking and Corporate and Investment Bank. (Jason Quinn took over responsibility as Financial Director from 1 September 2016.)

Qualifications: BCom, CA (SA), MBA

Charles Russon

Charles is the Chief Operating Officer. He joined the Group in 2006 and the Executive Committee in 2014.

He completed his articles with KPMG and then joined Merrill Lynch in London as financial controller for credit products. Charles worked for Deutsche Bank in London and Frankfurt from 1998 to 2006 as the rates head of product control, before he joined Absa Capital in September 2006 as chief financial officer. He became the chief operating officer of Corporate and Investment Banking in October 2007 and regional head of finance for Barclays Africa in September 2012. Charles was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Africa Group in May 2014.

Qualifications: CA (SA)

Charles Wheeler

Charles is the General Counsel.

Prior to his appointment to the Group, Charles worked as legal consultant for Webber Wentzel, as Group Executive: Commercial Legal at MTN Group Limited until 2010 and as Director: Legal Services at Standard Bank until 2003.

Qualifications: BA; LLB; HDip (Tax)

Jason Quinn

Jason is the Financial Director. He joined the Board and Executive Committee in September 2016.

Before joining the Group, he was a partner at Ernst & Young Inc. Jason joined the Group in 2008 as the financial controller and was appointed as the Head of Finance 2014 after holding several senior finance positions.

Jason is a Director of Absa Life Limited, Absa Insurance Company Limited and Woolworths Financial Services Limited.

Qualifications:  B Acc, Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (Honours), CA (SA)

Maria Ramos

Maria is the Chief Executive Officer.

Maria was previously the Director-General of the National Treasury and in January 2004, she was appointed as the Group Chief Executive of Transnet Limited. Maria joined the Group as Chief Executive in 2009, and is a member of the Barclays PLC Executive Committee.

Qualifications: BCom (Hons) Economics, Institute of Bankers Diploma (CAIB), MSc Economics

Nomkhita Nqweni

Nomkhita is the Chief Executive: Wealth Investment Management and Insurance

Nomkhita most recently served as Chief Executive for Wealth and Investment Management having joined Barclays in June 2010. She spent the better part of her career at Alexander Forbes performing different functions from when she joined in 1997.Before joining Absa, she was managing director of Alexander Forbes Financial Services Holdings Limited.

Participation in external entities: Nomkhita also serves as a board member of the SA Mint and SA Bank Notes companies.

Qualifications: BSc, Post Graduate Diploma (Investment Management)

Peter Matlare

Peter joined the Barclays Africa Board as an independent director in 2011. In August 2016, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Group responsible for the Rest of Africa operations and is a member of the Executive Committee. He remains on the Barclays Africa Board as an executive director.

Peter began his career with the Urban Foundation and Citibank and gained international experience, particularly in Europe. Peter is the previous chief executive officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), chief strategy and business development officer of Vodacom SA Proprietary Limited and executive director of commercial at Vodacom SA Proprietary Limited. Most recently, Peter was the chief executive officer of Tiger Brands Limited.

Qualifications: BSc Honours (Political Science), MA (South African Studies)

Sarah Louw

Sarah is the Chief Executive: Human Resources.

She was employed at Anglo American Plc for 31 years, and most recently held the position of Head of Human Resources: Other Mining and Industrial Businesses

Qualifications: HDip (Labour Relations); Dip (Personnel Management) (IPM)

Yasmin Masithela

Yasmin is the Head of Compliance.

Yasmin joined Absa in 2011 and was previously the general counsel for Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance. She completed her articles with Webber Wentzel and became an associate in the South African project finance team. In 2011, Yasmin joined Siemens Limited where she later led the projects and export finance department. Prior to joining Barclays Africa Group, she was the partner at responsible for general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance at Phukubje Pierce Masithela. Yasmin is also a non-executive director of a public sector utility company and a company listed on the JSE.

Qualifications: LLB (UCT), Higher Diploma, Company Law (WITS) and LLM, Tax Law (WITS)

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