Absa appoints Dr Roze Phillips as Group Chief People Officer

Roze, who holds a medical degree and an MBA, has extensive experience on boards of directors.

Absa Group has appointed Dr Roze Phillips as the Group Chief People Officer. With more than 20 years of experience in consulting to consumer-related industry clients, Roze was the managing director of Accenture's Products industry group in South Africa, West Africa and East Africa, with special responsibility for Consumer Goods & Services. She joined Accenture's strategy practice in 1999, having previously worked as a researcher, doctor and specialist in medicine. At the same time, Roze worked primarily in the Products Operating Group focusing on consumer goods, healthcare and retail industries. Her experience consists of strategy formulation, business process re-engineering, business transformation and large-scale enterprise resource planning implementations and projects.

Aside from her medical degree, she also holds a master's degree in business administration. She is serving on the Accenture board of directors in South Africa, as well as the boards of Enablis East Africa and the Akha Black Economic Empowerment Trust, which owns 30 percent of Accenture South Africa.

She was recently the first female ever appointed to the board of real estate investment trust Spear REIT Limited, which invests in residential, industrial, retail, office and hospitality real estate properties. This appointment is particularly noteworthy given the property industry's reputation for under-representation of females in senior management.

Roze is a champion for transformation strategies that foster empowerment in the workplace and beyond and has also spoken extensively about the fourth industrial revolution and the impact this will have on business.

Previously a management consultant with 20 years' experience, Roze holds a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (MBChB), a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town and a postgrad Diploma in Futures Studies from Stellenbosch University Business School.