International Panel Judges

Jo Pohl
Chair, Africa at Hansal International

Jo Pohl is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA); a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), she holds a post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales; and is a Professional Banker of the Institute of Bankers (PBSA) and member of the Institute of Directors (IOD). She recently joined Bowman Gilfillan as the Group CFO and is the non-executive Chairperson for Africa at Hansal International. 

Prior to this, Jo consulted to a listed fund, served as Group CFO and Executive Director for Telesure; Africa CFO for Standard Chartered Bank, Finance Director of UBank and the Head of Finance for Barclays Africa, the Middle East and Indian Oceans. She also chairs the board of the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa, is a member of the 30% Club Southern Africa Steerco, Sanari Capital Advisory Board and One Young World (OYW) Local Organising Committee. She was identified by Euromoney as one of Africa’s top 20 rising stars in 2014 and is an adjudicator for the Technology Top 100 (TT100), Accenture Innovation Index and Gender Mainstreaming Awards. 

Why did we select Jo to serve on our international panel of judges 
and as Deputy Chair of The CFO Junior National Case Study Competition?

Besides Jo’s track record of serving as a judge for other high-profile business awards, she played a key role as judge in the 2016 edition of The CFO Case Study Competition –charging the teams to deal with difficult questions around the projected financial performance and the resulting key investor ratios (ROE, EPS, D/E) that were at risk of not meeting market expectations -as such, she brings invaluable experience in judging a global case study competition set within the context of a listed multinational.  

AMANGO –just like MCOM, our 2016 case study – is yet another turnaround story: it needs to implement a massive corporate re-organisation in order to regain investor confidence, and there are critical risk and governance oversight issues that will arise; it needs to decide whether or not to unbundle its residential property portfolio and use the proceeds to de-delver its balance sheet, but the board wants an assessment of the resulting impact on key investor risk and return ratios as well as on its share price.  Jo has the kind of background and track record in evaluating and executing such strategic moves - as such, we look forward to her immense contribution to the international panel again this year!

Furthermore, Jo’s passion for leadership development and empowerment, her double chartered accounting professional designations, and service on the SAICA Exam Committees brings a perfect blend of professional and academic expertise that will add immense value to the complex task of judging the teams. Most especially, the Project Board needed an experienced hand in finance, strategy and judging other business awards, to deputise and provide strong support to the Chief Judge of The CFO Junior in undertaking the arduous task of balancing the technical finance aspects of the AMANGO case, and the multiple business, ethical, decision-making and leadership that the teams have to grapple with!

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