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BP appoints first black female CEO

by Federica Tedeschi

Chartered accountant Priscillah Mabelane has taken over as BP Southern Africa (BPSA) CEO from Daniel Odogwu, in September.

She joined BPSA as CFO in 2011 and has more than 20 years of service in a number of key leadership positions within large South African companies, including the role of tax director at EY.

Mabelane is the first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multi-national company, marking a significant milestone in the organisation and industry’s transformation journey.

BPSA chairperson Thandi Orleyn welcomed Mabelane by saying: “Given her proven track record in her previous executive roles, we are confident that Priscillah will be a strong leader for our business, especially as we continue to explore new areas of growth and development,”.

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