5 big companies you probably didn’t know have black female CEOs

July 05, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Women

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Associate Editor

July 05, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Women

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BPSA CEO, Priscillah Mabelane

The South African chartered accountant, in 2017, became the first black CEO of BP Southern Africa (BPSA), one of the largest oil companies in the country. Her appointment came exactly six years after joining the organisation in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mabelane became the first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multi-national company. Prior to joining BP, she held various executive roles in a number of large South African companies, including Airports Company where she was the CFO; Ernst & Young where she was a tax director and Eskom Holdings Limited where she held various roles in finance, tax and general management. Mabelane is a qualified chartered accountant and has a BCom Honours in accounting.

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