Sharmla Chetty is appointed the CEO of Duke CE

She has served as president at Duke since 2019.

Duke CE has appointed Sharmla Chetty as its new chief executive officer effective 5 October. Sharmla has served as president of Global Markets, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, at Duke CE since 2019.

In her most recent role, Sharmla drove strategic alignment for the organisation globally and operations for its regional practices around the world. Prior to that, she founded the Johannesburg office in 2007 and grew it into the pre-eminent custom executive education provider on the African continent.

“I’m incredibly grateful to our board for the trust they’ve placed in me to lead this world-class organisation as we enter a new chapter of change, challenge, and opportunity for our clients and for the world,” she said.

“It’s an honour to build on Michael Chavez’s legacy of transformation and expansion of digital capabilities. As a firm, we will continue to support clients and global leaders in solving their most important and complex problems, to help leaders become force multipliers for positive change in their organisations and the world.”

Dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Bill Boulding said, “This change in leadership has us going from strength to strength. Michael was magnificent in rising to the challenges of the past year. Duke CE is stronger, more agile and more capable through Michael”s leadership.

“I am honoured to welcome Sharmla in her new role as CEO. Sharmla understands the transformational power of leadership and the role of leadership in driving positive societal change.

“She cares about and elevates others and is passionate about making those around her successful. She is the right person at the right time, as we embark on a period of substantial growth,” concluded Bill.