Dr Rozett Phillips joins GIBS executive team

Roze will be the new director of value creation at GIBS.

University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has announced the appointment of Dr Rozett (Roze) Phillips as the school’s director of value creation.  The appointment is effective from 1 March 2021.

Roze is the former group executive: people and culture for Absa Group Limited and she joins the executive management team to help realise the school’s digitally led and people centred strategy. Together with the dean, she will be in charge of effecting a strategy to acquire, retain and grow GIBS’s portfolio of clients. 

On the appointment, Roze says, “I have a personal purpose of unlocking Africa’s abundance and a fundamental belief that learning is the gift you give your future self. I am very excited to join GIBS as [it’s] a formidable African institution that serves at the intersection of what I believe in and what I value. A perfect match!”

Prior to joining GIBS, she served on the Absa group executive committee and Absa board social and ethics and remuneration committees, spearheading the human capital and culture transformation agenda across the group. She was instrumental in leading the organisation’s people and culture team in its journey to digitally transform and transition all people management systems and processes from the previous ‘parent’ company, Barclays.

Prior to joining Absa, Roze was with Accenture for 18 years.  She was strategic advisory lead focusing on human capital management, supply chain and financial management, and digital transformation. She was also a member of the Accenture Africa regional council and the Accenture South Africa board of directors. She was also the Africa business lead: market sectors that catered to large-scale domestic and global clients in consumer services.

Roze holds a bachelor of medicine and surgery (MBChB), a master’s in business administration (MBA), both from the University of Cape Town, and a postgraduate diploma in futures studies from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. In 2019 she was appointed to serve on the board of the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) by the Minister of Higher Education.