Fergus Marupen


Job Title: Head of HR

Company: Sappi South Africa


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.

2015 – Present           Group Head of HR, SAPPI
2012 –  2015               Acting COO, Business Unity South Africa
2010 – 2012                Chief HR Executive, ABSA Bank
2008 – 2010                Vice President of HR, BHP Billiton Energy Coal SA
2004 – 2008                General Manager, Kumba Resources/Kumba Iron Ore
1994 – 2003                HR Consultant, HR Manager, Deputy General Manager, Kumba Resources, Iscor Mining

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

About SAPPI: 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.


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