People: BP PLC (BP_p.L)
5 May 2015
Mr. Phuthuma F. Nhleko serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of BP Plc. He began his career as a civil engineer in the US and as a project manager for infrastructure developments in southern Africa. Following this, he became a senior executive of the Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank in South Africa. He later held a succession of directorships before joining MTN Group, a pan-African and Middle Eastern telephony group represented in 21 countries, as group president and chief executive officer in 2002. During his tenure at the MTN Group he led a number of substantial mergers and acquisitions transactions. He stepped down as group chief executive of MTN Group at the end of March 2011 and became chairman. He was formerly a director of a number of listed South African companies, including Johnnic Holdings (formerly a subsidiary of the Anglo American group of companies), Nedbank Group, Bidvest Group and Alexander Forbes. Phuthuma Nhleko’s background in engineering and his broad experience as a chief executive of a multinational company enables him to make a broad contribution to the board. This is particularly so in the areas of emerging market economies and the evolution of the group’s strategy. His financial and commercial experience is also very relevant to his work on the audit committee.
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