Old Mutual Emerging Markets: Anisha Archary

Anisha has been with Old Mutual Group since October 2009.

Anisha Archary joined Old Mutual as the HR Director for the Group’s Life Assurance business.  Now the Group HR Director at Old Mutual Emerging Markets, she oversees the people strategy for over 30 000 employees in more than 15 countries, including South Africa, the rest of Africa, Latin America and China. Her previous positions include HR Head for the Woolworths Foods Group and Head of Talent at the Woolworths Group.  

In addition, she has 28 years of progressive leadership experience across South Africa's largest transport parastatal, having been the HR manager at Spoornet and Portnet and later going on to become the executive vice president at South African Airways in charge of portfolios such as Global Passenger Services, Product and Customer Services. 

She has been a Non- Executive Director of UAP Holdings Limited since August 19, 2015. Notably, amongst several achievements, she was the winner of the Transnet Exceptional Leaders award for business acumen and was also trained in the Disney Approach to Quality Service in Orlando, Florida. She has a Master's degree in Psychology and has completed Leadership Programmes in Switzerland, South Africa and Harvard Business School.


2009 –Present: Various executive roles, including HR Director, at Old Mutal Life

                           Assurance, Old Mutual Plc and, currently, Old Mutual

                           Emerging Markets   

2007 – 2009:    Head of Talent and later Head of HR for the Food Group,


2005 – 2006:    Advisor, Interglobe Enterprises (India)

1992 – 2004:    Senior Manager, Western Cape, and later Executive Vice President

                          for Global Customer Service (Global Passenger services and

                          Product), South African Airways

1987 – 1992:    Various senior HR leadership roles across the Transnet Group,

                         including SAA (Airline), Portnet (Ports), and Spoornet (Rail).


         -             Executive Course on Leading Change and Organisational Renewal,

                       Harvard Business School

         -             Airline Management, International Management School (Geneva)

         -             MA, Psychology, University of KwaZulu Natal

         -             Development Programme in Labour Relations, University of South 


About Old Mutual Emerging Markets 

Old Mutual Group is an international investment, savings, insurance and banking group. The Emerging Markets business, which was established in 1845 in South Africa, has 11 million customers and over 30 000 employees, spread across 18 countries in Africa, China and Latin America..