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‘It’s critical as the head of finance that you have an in-depth understanding of the operations.’
Finance Executive, Chris Strauss, describes his career in the food and food service industry as a life-long passion, and he believes it’s critical to understand the intricacies of business if you want to play an influential role in guiding the business.
‘I don’t even think I had a second choice as a career.’
Having left the corporate world to pursue contract advisory roles, Sandeep Gandhi now draws on 20 years of progressive experience with listed South African and multinational companies, highlighting that skills acquired over the years are transferable and not necessarily industry specific.
‘A Detour from the Traditional Accounting Path’
Scholtz Fourie has a demonstrated history of working in the travel and international chemical industries and in his role as CFO at Tourvest, he and his team have experienced and overcome the unchartered waters of the recent Covid lockdowns that affected most of the travel industry adversely.
‘Being a CFO is About Business Acumen.’
After gaining experience in a variety of roles at PwC, Roxane Leita, was approached by Investec to assist with the launch of Investec Life as their Head of Finance, where she faced the challenge to create finance processes from the ground up and she shares here the intricacies of this role.
‘The Baking Bean Counter.’
By her own admission, Gerda Janse van Vuuren believes she was an accountant before she even knew what an accountant was, and here she discusses her natural affinity for numbers, her role as CFO at SA Mint and her obsession with baking sourdough bread.
‘I definitely didn’t follow a conventional approach to becoming a CFO.’
Despite being a self-confessed late bloomer, Marius Möller has an impressive CV and extensive experience in senior financial leadership that led to his current position at Business Science Corporation, a fourth industrial revolution enablement company.
‘SAIBA Platforms Provide Benefits to Finance Professionals.’
Charles Mbale’s career experience has been predominantly in the NGO sector but in 2019 he established his own accounting practice and shares valuable insight for other finance professionals considering the same route.
‘The title CFO (SA) is a very critical but also, privileged title for me.’
Teboho Makakane represents the quintessential modern CFO, from humble beginnings as a motor mechanic, his diverse career and experiences have led him to being awarded the CFO (SA) designation, and he shares his expectations as he prepares to join SAIBA’s delegation to the CFO World Congress in Mexico.
‘I like to take the theoretical and make it practical.’
Fatima Darsot’s shares how her career has been enriched through her love for teaching and mentoring graduates by empowering them with practical knowledge that allows students to have greater confidence to advance their careers.
Purpose Fuelled by Passion
Responsible for a budget of R7.8 billion, Sarika Lakraj-Naidoo is a CFO who has always challenged the status quo and she continues to do so as she strives to ensure that state money is used for its intended purpose at Johannesburg’s Public Safety Department
Maverick CFO Thrives in the Music Industry
RiSA’s Nishal Lalla has solid financial experience, along with valuable skills that he’s gained throughout his career that enables him to be involved with all aspects of business at South Africa’s trade association for record companies.
From Farm Girl to Finance Executive
Having spent her career in the motor industry, Catherine Campbell-Ferreira admits that it’s an industry that’s in her blood and which she loves, but she also shares her views here on the role of women in accounting and how they can assist in the post-Covid recovery.