African Bank announces new CPO, Gcobisa Ntshona


The young leader will be responsible for leading the bank’s human capital department.

Former HR director at LexisNexis Gcobisa Ntshona is now the chief people officer at African Bank.

Gcobisa, who joins the JSE -listed financial institution as of this month, is expected to continue cultivating what the bank calls a “high-performance culture” that will support and drive its strategic and business objectives.

Gcobisa began her career in 2010 at Shell South Africa as a learning and development specialist, and quickly rose through the ranks to become human resources manager.

She later joined Barclays, the retail and business bank, as a human resources business partner, where she designed and implemented the strategic intent of different businesses .

Taking to her LinkedIn, Gcobisa described leaving LexisNexis as a bittersweet moment: “It’s never easy to leave behind a team and an organisation that has been so instrumental in shaping one’s professional journey. But as I reflect on the opportunities I’ve had, the skills gained, relationships built and the impact made, one is indeed ready for a new challenge and a fresh perspective. I’m incredibly grateful to all my colleagues and leaders throughout my time here. I’ve learned so much from them and will always cherish the memories we’ve made together. As I embark on this new adventure, I’m excited to bring all that I’ve learned and experienced in the journey ahead.”

Gcobisa boasts an array of qualifications, including an MBA from the Henley Business School, a BA Honours in human resources management and industrial relations from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, a business certificate from the University of Neurtigen (Germany), a management advanced programme qualification from the Wits Business School and most recently, a certificate in global leadership and management from Yale School of Management.

An industry leader of note, Gcobisa has been a panellist at the HR Indaba where she shared insights into how HR professionals can keep up with workplace demands in a post-pandemic era and on how to effectively manage change management.

Commenting on her appointment, group chief executive officer of African Bank Kennedy Bungane said the organisation will benefit from her wealth of experience. “We are delighted to welcome Ntshona to the team and we know she will add value and make a difference to our growth trajectory. Her skills, together with her combined years of experience, will propel African Bank to new heights.”

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