Mpumi Madisa

Nompumelelo Thembekile Madisa (born 1980), known as Mpumi Madisa, is a South African businesswoman. On 8 March 2019, she became CEO-designate of Bidvest Group, the first black and African female to be appointed CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange top 40 company, seen as signalling a new advancement in gender transformation in business in South Africa.

Madisa was born in Mohlakeng, west of Gauteng in South Africa. She grew up in Sebokeng to the south of Johannesburg. She is one of four siblings. She had her primary and high school education at Sancta Maria Junior High and Mondeor High School respectively. She furthered at the Wits University where she changed her major from a science course to mathematics, statistics and economics. She now holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics, a BComm honours degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Finance and Investment, all from the Wits University.

Right after completing her tertiary education, she was employed by Hollard Insurance as a trainee marketing assistant. She worked there for 18 months and then left to work at Prestige, a Bidvest subsidiary specialising in cleaning. At Prestige, she served as client relations manager, a position that was created for her and the beginning of a career trend. Three years later, she left Prestige to work in the public service where she was chief director of transformation at the Gauteng department of agriculture and rural development. On returning to Prestige, she served as corporate affairs director in charge of four departments and sales director. A few months later, she was promoted to work at the group level and was appointed to the Bidvest board. On 8 March 2019, she became the first woman to be appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bidvest Group, a position she assumed fully in July 2020.

As CEO of the Bidvest Group, Madisa has masterfully balanced tradition with forward-thinking approaches, leading the company to unprecedented heights. Under her guidance, Bidvest has evolved into a dynamic force across industries, including services, trading, and distribution. Her visionary leadership has helped the company navigate through complex economic landscapes, positioning it as a stalwart in the competitive global market.

A staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion, Madisa is passionate about empowering women in the workplace and promoting equal opportunities for all. Her relentless pursuit of gender equality has garnered widespread recognition, earning her a place among the most influential women in business.

While her commitment to Bidvest remains unwavering, Mpumi Madisa is equally dedicated to uplifting her community and nurturing the next generation of leaders. She actively engages in philanthropic initiatives, supporting education, entrepreneurship, and social development programs throughout South Africa.

An avid reader and lifelong learner, Madisa continuously seeks knowledge from various sources, drawing inspiration from both classical literature and contemporary business thought leaders. Her inquisitive nature and open-mindedness have contributed significantly to her ability to adapt to an ever-changing business landscape.

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