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First woman CEO for PwC Southern Africa

PwC Southern Africa appoints its first woman CEO

PwC is proud to announce the appointment of Shirley Machaba as its new CEO for Southern Africa, effective from 1 July 2019. Machaba is the first black African woman to be appointed in this role within PwC in Southern Africa, marking a significant milestone for the firm.

Machaba takes over the reins from Dion Shango, who has held this position since 1 July 2015. Shango was recently elected as PwC Africa’s new CEO, also with effect from 1 July 2019 after a voting process by the PwC Africa partners.

Commenting on Machaba’s appointment, Shango says: “PwC believes Shirley has the leadership skills, experience and influence to lead PwC Southern Africa in the coming years. We believe that Shirley is an excellent choice to lead our local firm, especially as the business continues to explore new areas of growth and development across Africa.”

Machaba has a particular interest in how business is led and organises itself within the context of what feels like continual change. “Being appointed to the PwC Southern Africa CEO role is a privilege. I’m proud of our partners’ confidence in me and look forward to leading the practice with a team of dedicated and capable partners and staff,” adds Machaba.

Shirley has been a partner in PwC’s assurance services division for over 15 years. She is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Director Southern Africa (CD (SA)), and has over 26 years of internal and external audit, risk management, compliance and governance experience within the private and public sectors across all industries.

Machaba also served as a member of the PwC Africa Governance Board and as Chairperson of the PwC South Africa Governing Board from October 2012 to June 2018. She is currently PwC Africa’s Governance, Risk and Internal Audit Leader, and Diversity & Inclusion Leader for PwC Southern Africa.

Machaba has received several accolades. Among them are: In 2013 she was a finalist in the ‘Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government’ awards. She was honoured by African Women Chartered Accountants as ‘Audit Partner of the Year’ in 2016. She was honoured by the South African Professional Services Awards as the ‘Big 4 Professional of the Year’, as well as being named the overall ‘Woman Professional of the Year’ in February 2018. She is also a nominee for the 2018 ‘Business Women of the Year’ BWA award. The winner is due to be announced before the end of the calendar year.


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 Rianté Padayachee

Rianté Padayachee

Media and Communications Specialist, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 11 797 5727

Verena Pillay

Verena Pillay

Integrated Content Lead, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 797 4873

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