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Shepherd Shonhiwa

Shepherd Shonhiwa

Chairman of Nedbank Zimbabwe Limited
Executive Business Governance Adviser
Category: Women on Executive Committees in Multinationals
  • MBA, majoring in business strategy and marketing.(Univ of Zim/Halifax Canada)
  • Honours, B.Admin (Industrial Psychology). (Unisa)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration. (Unisa)
  • Diploma in HR/Training Management. (IPM SA)
  • Diploma in Social Science. (Univ of Rhodesia)

 Professional Memberships/awards:

  • Chartered Director – Institute of Directors Southern Africa
  • Fellow – Institute of Directors Southern Africa
  • Fellow – Institute of Personnel Management, Zimbabwe


  • Executive Trusted Adviser in corporate governance, executive leadership and strategy in the African continent.
  • Independent non-executive chairman of Nedbank Zimbabwe Limited
  • Independent non-executive chairman of National Tyres Services Zimbabwe limited
  • Independent non-executive chairman of Lidwala Engineering Consultants SA Held CEO,
  • Executive and non-executive board positions in many mainstream sectors in the southern African region over the past 35 years.

Achievements/Career Highlights:

  1. Business growth strategies resulting in substantive expansion of Easigas Southern Africa Revenue, sales and assets
  2. Turnaround of Tepco Petroleum Limited through implementing effective management systems, operating strategies and results – oriented performance culture (2001/2).
  3. Business rationalisation of Mobil operations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and(1983 – 85).
  4. Rationalisation of Times Media group and established a Management Services Division with Service Level Agreements within group operations. (1998 – 2000).
  5. Turnaround of Times Media Eastern Cape division trading(2000 – 01).
  6. Establishing McDonald’s South Africa from zero base including recruitment and training of the first 65 restaurant managers, 8 franchisees and opening the first 37 restaurants including employing 3000(1995 – 97).
  7. Launching Sunday World (first newspaper launch in SA for 14 years) and building a common culture with competent staff. (1999).
  8. Launching of Sports day, the first sports daily newspaper in SA and its subsequent closure for non-(1999).
  9. Introducing formal strategic and succession planning in the Times Media group in 1998.
  10. Pioneering, planning and executing offshore investment projects for Times Media in Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Ghana.
  11. Authored first book published in 2001, “Signposts to Service Excellence – The African Paradigm”.
  12. Authored second book published in 2006, “The effective Cross-cultural manager”

Pastime Activities: Golf, writing books, reading, travelling and meeting people of different cultures.