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Jo-Ann Pohl

Jo-Ann Pöhl

Group Chief Financial Officer
Category: Inclusive Leader Award

Jo has experience that spans start-ups to listed corporates; having operated locally, regionally and globally. She was appointed Acting CFO at Texton Property Fund Ltd in May 2017.

Previously she was an Executive Director and Group CFO for Telesure Investment Holdings leading the Group Finance, Treasury and Risk teams playing a pivotal role in executing on Group strategy. Prior to that she worked at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) as CFO for Africa and was an executive member of the Africa and global Finance Management Groups providing leadership, strategic direction, governance oversight, external stakeholder management and business partnership to 15 countries in Africa and globally for Finance. Finance, the Africa shared service centres and corporate real estate teams fell under her remit.

Jo has held leadership positions as an Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Ubank Limited responsible for Finance, Treasury and Strategy and the Head of Finance for Barclays Africa, the Middle East and Indian Oceans.

She chairs the board of the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa, sits on the Advisory Board for Sanari Capital and was a non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe Limited, Wealthport (Pty) Ltd, Rockport (Pty) Ltd. She is part of the South Africa Boss of the Year alumni for 2013, was identified by Euromoney as one of Africa’s top 20 rising stars in 2014 and is a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) class of 2015.

Jo is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA(SA) and ACCA member) and Professional Banker of the Institute of Bankers in SA (PBSA) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales.

She is highly principled and passionate about empowering people and philanthropy. She counsels cancer patients, works with entrepreneurs, is a member of the 30% Club Southern Africa Steering Committee and an adjudicator for the GMA and CFO case study. She has been a sponsor and mentor on the Global Women in Leadership and Africa Emerging Leadership Programmes, mentored on the Black Entrepreneurship Initiative and served on SAICA’s (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) Initial Professional Development and Exam Committees and adjudicated the Technology Top 100 (TT100) awards.

She is married to a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, has four children and enjoys traveling, art, history and motorbike riding.