SAPPI: Fergus Marupen

Fergus has been with SAPPI since March 2015

Fergus Marupen, Group Head of Human Resources at SAPPI, joined Sappi in March 2015. Prior to Sappi, he held various positions at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) where eventually took the position of acting Chief Operating Officer. He was also the Group Executive of Human Resources for Absa and has held management positions at Kumba Resources and Kumba Iron Ore, where he worked his way up from being a graduate in training to general management level, and at BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa, where he was the Vice President of HR. He has long list of academic qualifications, including a BA Honours degree in Psychology, an MBA, and he completed an executive programme on Leading Change and Organizational Renewal at the University of Stanford.


Mar 2015 – Present:            Group Head of HR, SAPPI

Nov 2012 – Feb 2015:         Acting COO, Business Unity South Africa

Apr 2010 – Oct 2012:          Chief HR Executive, ABSA Bank

Aug 2008 – Mar 2010:         Vice President of HR, BHP Billiton Energy Coal SA

Jan 2004 – Jul 2008:            General Manager, Kumba Resources/Kumba Iron Ore

Nov 1994 – Dec 2003:         Graduate in Training, HR Consultant, HR Manager, Deputy General Manager, Kumba Resources, Iscor Mining


2013 - 2013:                         Executive Programme on Leading Change and Organizational Renewal, Stanford University Graduatw

                                             School of Business

2001 – 2003:                        MBA, University of Stellenbosch

1998 – 1999:                        Master Diploma in Human Resources, University of Johannesburg

1991 – 1992:                        Bachelor of Education, Education Management, University of Pretoria

1983 – 1988:                        BA (Hons), Psychology, University of the Western Cape


Sappi is a JSE-listed global company focused on providing dissolving wood pulp, paper pulp and paper based solutions with manufacturing facilities on three continents and an international sales network that markets the group's products to over 150 countries. Their dissolving wood pulp is used worldwide by converters to create viscose fibre for clothing and textiles, acetate tow, pharmaceutical products as well as a wide range of consumer products.