Sonwabo Maholwana


Job Title: Head of People

Company: Novartis


Sonwabo Maholwanaiba was appointed as the Head of People and Organisation (P&O) at Novartis in March 2023. Prior to his current position, Sonwabo held several leadership roles in leading companies including Human Resources Director at Boehringer Ingelheim and Givaudan.  Sonwabo also served as a Human Resources Manager at Jaguar Land Rover Africa, Johnson & Johnson, Herbalife, and Samsung Electronics. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Wits Business School and Certificate in Labour Relations. He completed his National Diploma in HR Management at Buffalo City College in East London.

2023 - Present:     Head of People and Organisation (P&O), Novartis
2019 - 2023:          Human Resources Director, Boehringer Ingelheim
2017 - 2019:           Human Resources Director Africa, Givaudan
2015 - 2016:          Human Resources Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Africa
2013 - 2015:          Operations HR Manager, Johnson & Johnson
2010 - 2013:         Human Resources Manager - Africa, Herbalife
2008 - 2010:         Head of HR, Samsung Electronics
2005 - 2008:         HR Business Partner, RB (Reckitt)
2001 - 2004:         HR Business Partner, Kimberly-Clark

2017 - 2018:          PDBA, Business, Wits Business School
2016 - 2017:          Management Advancement Program, Wits Business School
2005 - 2005:         Certificate in Labour Relations, Industrial Relations, Wits Business School
1997 - 2000:         National Diploma - HR Management, Buffalo City College

About Novartis: Novartis is a global pharmaceutical and healthcare company that focuses on discovering, developing, and commercializing innovative treatments and therapies. Novartis is committed to improving patient outcomes and addressing unmet medical needs through its extensive portfolio of innovative medicines and healthcare solutions. 

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