Our delegation in Cape Town
We are proud to lend their voice to discussions at the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Cape Town. Our delegation looks forward to meeting you.
Our delegation at the Regional Meeting will be led by Wendy Lucas-Bull, René van Wyk and Peter Matlare.
Wendy is the Chairman of Absa Group, a position which she has held since April 2013. She is also a founding member of Peotona Group Holdings, a women’s investment and development group.
She has over 35 years of senior executive experience in the Financial Services industry. Her last executive role was Chief Executive Officer of FirstRand Retail, which included First National Bank, WesBank, Outsurance and Firstlink.
Her former Non-Executive Directorships include those at Barclays PLC, Nedbank, Anglo American Platinum, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Dimension Data PLC, Alexander Forbes, Aveng (Deputy Chairman), Lafarge Industries South Africa (Chairman), Eskom, Rand Merchant Bank Holdings, Momentum Group, Discovery Holdings, Telkom South Africa and the South African Financial Markets Advisory Board.
Wendy served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment from 2011 to 2014.
René van Wyk
Chief Executive Officer
René is our interim Chief Executive Officer, a position he accepted after holding an Executive Director role on the Absa Group Board. René is the former Registrar of Banks and Head of Banking Supervision of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). Before joining Absa, René held a number of leadership roles at the Nedbank Group of companies, and KPMG.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: Absa Regional Operations
Peter is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Absa Group, and is responsible for the Absa Regional Operations business. He has held this position since 2016.
Prior to joining Absa, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of Vodacom South Africa and Executive Director of Commercial at Vodacom South Africa. Before joining Absa, Peter was the Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Brands, the largest food manufacturer in Africa.
Managing Executive: Investment Bank
Mike is responsible for delivering the Absa Corporate and Investment Banking Africa strategy, in addition to the Investment Banking franchise vision.
Mike previously held executive positions across the Group, including heading up the Markets business, and as the Absa (formerly Barclays Africa) Group Treasurer.
Before joining the Group, Mike was Head Emerging Markets Sales and Trading at JP Morgan (JHB) and spent several years at UAL Merchant Bank (JHB).