Dr Candice Hartley (Watson)


Job Title: Chief People Officer

Company: KPMG South Africa


Dr Candice Hartley (Watson) is the chief people officer for KPMG South Africa appointed in May 2024. 

She was previously the group executive of human capital at AECI since 2020.

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.


2024 - Present        Chief People Officer : KPMG South Africa 
2020 – 2024:         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 KPMG South Africa 

KPMG provides audit, tax and advisory services. The firm works closely with  clients, helping them to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities. KPMG provides audit, tax and advisory services.

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