Mondel?z International appoints Cebile Xulu

Xulu will be the company's HR Business Lead for Southern and Central East Africa.

Mondel?z International, one of the world's largest snacking companies, has appointed Cebile Xulu as their HR Business Lead for Southern and Central East Africa. Based in Johannesburg, she is responsible for the HR agenda of the company’s Southern and Central East African operations and is a member of the Mondel?z International Middle East and Africa HR Leadership team.

Xulu has previously worked in Amsterdam at the headquarters of Heineken International, where she was the Leadership and Capability Development Manager for Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Before that, she had been at Masonite Africa, Sara Lee HBC, the A-Cubed Institute and Tongaat Hulett.

“I believe that a strategic investment in people development helps an organisation and its individual employees meet their goals,” says Xulu. “Within the companies that I have worked for, I have been fortunate to benefit from significant South African and international development programmes myself – at Wits Business School, Harvard Business School, London Business School and the Switzerland-based Institute of Management Development.”

Xulu built her international career following initial studies in Industrial Psychology at the University of Zululand. Her career spans across both multi-national and local companies.

Joost Vlaanderen, Managing Director, Mondel?z International, Southern Africa, says the company is delighted to have secured someone with Xulu’s breadth of experience and training because her background makes her especially insightful and strategic, which will be of importance for what is a vital role within the organization.

Says Xulu: “I subscribe strongly to the principle of Ubuntu, and throughout my career I have seen the power of empathetic leadership to improve and sustain employer-employee relations, especially in a racially-diverse workplace. My international experience underlines that this is vital everywhere, although I would say that in South Africa today, we need to re-emphasise mutual respect and understanding as a basis for negotiation and achieving win-win outcomes.”