Candice Watson


Job Title: group executive of human capital

Company: AECI


Candice Watson has been the group executive of human capital at AECI since 2020.

Candice has over 15 years experience in human resources.

Prior to joining AECI, she was at British American Tobacco, starting in the role of area head of talent and organisational excellence before taking on the role of human resources director. She was previously the human resources director at Pernod Ricard, which she joined after serving as human resources business partner for Africa at Lenovo. Candice has held the role of human resources managing executive at Barloworld, human resources consultant at Standard Bank and human resources graduate at South African Breweries.

Candice is currently reading for a PhD through the University of Cape Town. She holds an MBA and PDBA from the University of Pretoria and a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg.

For her role as group executive of human capital, Candice has been nominated for the 2021 CHRO Awards.

2020 – Present: Group Executive: Human Capital, AECI

2016 – 2019: Director: Human Resources, British American Tobacco
Area Head: Talent and Organisational Excellence, British American Tobacco

2015 – 2016: Director: Human Resources, Pernod Ricard

2014 – 2015: Human Resources Partner: Africa, Lenovo

2009 – 2014: Managing Executive: Human Resources, Barloworld

2006 – 2009: Human Resources Consultant, Standard Bank

2005 – 2006: Human Resources Graduate, South African


2018 – Present: PhD, University of Cape Town

2010: MBA, University of Pretoria

2006: PDBA, University of Pretoria

2003: BA (Hons): Psychology, University of Johannesburg

About AECI
AECI is a diversified group of companies that has regional and international businesses in Africa, Europe, South East Asia, North America, South America and Australia. Products and services are provided to a broad spectrum of customers in the mining, water treatment, plant and animal health, food and beverage, infrastructure and general industrial sectors.

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