Experience

  • Vice President: Group Communication and Brand

    at Sasol Limited

    September 2014 - at Present

    Gauteng

    As VP: Group Communication and Brand Management, I serve on Sasol’s global Corporate Affairs executive committee and report to the Senior Vice President: Corporate Affairs. I have global responsibility for internal and external communication, including media relations, social media, employee communications, corporate marketing, inclusive of sponsorships and brand management, as well as issues and crisis communication management. I oversee a team of more than 25 people, with three direct reports, namely the senior managers for Group Internal Communication, Group External Communications and Group Brand Management, with accountability for a budget of around ~R100 million (~US$8m).

  • GM Operations: Group Communication

    at Sasol Limited

    July 2012 - August 2014

    Gauteng

    As GM Operations: Group Communication, I reported to the Group GM: Communication for the Sasol Group. My role was deliberately broad and entailed the development of strategies, providing counsel and support on both internal and external communication, with a bias towards the former. My main duties comprised strategy development to support communication and reputation management on group-wide issues and projects. This was in the form of communication plans, encompassing message/content development and positioning, stakeholder engagement, issues and crisis management support (as required), as well as developing policies, systems and tools to improve communication flow and reach with our respective internal and external audiences. I also oversaw the company's strategy and entry into the social media space.

  • Country Communications Manager

    at Shell South Africa

    January 2009 - June 2012

    Gauteng

    As Country Communications Manager, I served on the Shell Country Management Team reporting locally to the Country Chair/VP Sales & Operations and globally to the VP Downstream Communications based in London, UK. I managed and directed all communications practice areas for Shell South Africa, including social investment, while providing support and expertise to other African countries where Shell had a presence, particularly during a project to disinvest from Shell’s downstream businesses in 19 African markets.

  • Marketing Executive: Public Relations

    at Business Connexion Group Limited

    September 2008 - January 2009

    Gauteng

    As Marketing Executive: Public Relations, I reported to the Chief Marketing Officer and was responsible for internal and external communications, as well as investor relations and social investment.

  • State Information Technology Agency

    at General Manager: Corporate Communications

    February 2007 - August 2008

    Gauteng

    As General Manager: Corporate Communications, I reported to the CEO and served on the Executive Management Committee responsible for external and internal communications, as well as government relations.

  • Group Communications Specialist

    at Sasol Limited

    April 2005 - January 2007

    Gauteng

    STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING - Consulting and advising senior management on key issues / projects (e.g. Import Parity Pricing, Windfall Tax) - Advising operating units on communications management and strategy - Formulating communications and reputation management strategies to support group and business unit-specific strategic priorities - Strategic issues management (e.g. Strikes) POLICY DEVELOPMENT - Develop group-wide communication policies and guidelines to standardise communications activities within Sasol Limited - Internal Communications Policy - External Communications Policy - Internet Governance Policy and Guidelines - Intranet Governance Policy and Guidelines MEDIA RELATIONS SUPPORT - Profiling of company/senior management in the news media - Scripting of corporate news releases (as required) - Dissemination of appropriate information to the media - Organisation of media events

  • Communications Manager

    at Arcelor Mittal SA

    April 1999 - March 2005

    Gauteng

    STAFF COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS - Design, development and implementation of internal communications, publication of company newspapers and consulting to operating units on communications issues INVESTOR RELATIONS - Operational responsibility for investor relations - Design and production of the company annual report - Annual and interim results communications, advertising - Events project management (presentations / site visits) MEDIA RELATIONS - Profiling of company/senior management in the news media, liaison with and communications to the news media and crafting media releases CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT - Review and selection of projects and managing terms and conditions with beneficiaries CORPORATE ADVERTISING - Provision of input into conceptualisation and development of campaigns ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS - Overall responsibility for e-communications and policy related matters SPONSORSHIP MANAGEMENT

  • Communications Officer

    at Nedbank Group Limited

    November 1996 - March 1999

    Gauteng

    STAFF COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS - Provision of input into the design, development and implementation of internal communications - Editorial management of flagship company newspaper, Forum (12 editions per year, distributed to 17 000 employees) - Design and production of corporate brochures - Provision of input into the development & implementation of staff communications programmes - Operational responsibility on staff communications programmes MEDIA RELATIONS SUPPORT - Scripting of corporate news releases (as required) - Organisation of media events CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT - Events project management (in conjunction with responsible manager) - Communications responsibility on projects SPONSORSHIPS - Operational management of corporate sponsorships

Education

  • MBA

    at Gordon Institute of Business Science

    2006 - 2008 (2 years) Gauteng

  • BA (Hon) Communications

    at University of Johannesburg

    1997 - 1998 (1 year) Gauteng

  • BA Communications

    at University of Johannesburg

    1994 - 1996 (2 years) Gauteng

  • Matric

    at Verital College

    1982 - 1993 (11 years) Gauteng

Languages

  • English Native

  • Afrikaans Conversation

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