Kim Usher


Job Title: Group HR Executive, Africa

Company: Illovo Sugar


Kim Usher has been the group human resources director Africa at Illovo Africa since 2016.

Kim was previously the human resources director at ABI, the soft drinks division of SAB Miller, which is now a subsidiary of AB-InBev. It was there that she played a significant role in the integration with ABI and SAB Miller over a period of three years. In her current role, she assumes ultimate responsibility for the group human resources function.

Kim holds a masters in Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa and an MBA from Henley Management College. She is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Psychological Society of South Africa, as well as an associate member of the Association of Personnel Services Organisations and the Society for Industrial Psychology of South Africa. Kim is also a registered psychometrist and industrial psychologist.

For her role as group human resources director Africa at Illovo Sugar Africa, Kim has been nominated for the 2021 CHRO Awards.

2016 – Present     Group HR Director: Africa, Illovo Africa
2007 – 2015          Human Resource Director: ABI Soft Drink Division, SAB
2006 – 2007          Organisational Manager: ABI Integration, SAB
2004 – 2006          Senior Executive Manager: Organisational Development. SAB
2001 – 2004          Executive Manager: Human Resources Consulting, SAB
1999 – 2001          Executive Manager: Personnel Services, SAB
1997 – 1998          Senior Human Resource Manager, Fluor Daniel South Africa
1995 – 1997          Human Resource Manager, Standard Bank
1989 – 1992          Senior Personnel Consultant, The Communicate Personnel Group

2011                        Certificate in Financial Management, Gordon Institute of Business Science
2005                        M.Com (Industrial Psychology), University of South Africa
2000                        MBA, Henley Management College Brunel University
1999                        Advanced Labour Law Diploma, University of South Africa
1994                        B.Com (Hons), Industrial Psychology, University of South Africa
1988                        B.Com, Potchefstroom University

About Illovo Sugar Africa
Illovo Sugar Africa is Africa’s largest sugar producer and has extensive agricultural operations in six southern African countries, manufacturing sugar from cane supplied by its own agricultural operations and independent. The group also produces raw and refined sugar for its customers in the EU and the US, including high quality, speciality sugars made in Malawi and Zambia.

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