Sasol Revamps Executive Team, Aims for Strategic Growth

Sasol Shake-up Leadership to Enhance Operational Efficiency and Innovation

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe

In a strategic move to enhance efficiency and operational coherence, Sasol, a leading entity in the energy and chemical sector listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), has announced a significant restructuring of its group executive committee’s portfolios. This reshuffle, effective from April 1, encompasses a realignment of key functions and executive duties, aiming to bolster the company’s leadership structure for improved performance and agility in the rapidly evolving global market.

At the helm of these changes, Simon Baloyi has taken over the reins as Sasol’s new president, CEO, and executive director, succeeding Fleetwood Grobler in a transition that marks a new chapter in the company’s leadership. Complementing this leadership change, Hanré Rossouw has been appointed as the CFO and executive director, reinforcing the financial stewardship of the company during a period characterized by market fluctuations and economic uncertainties.

The reshuffling extends to various critical areas within the executive committee, with Vuyo Kahla stepping into a multifaceted role as executive director and executive VP for commercial and legal. Kahla’s responsibilities span legal, intellectual property, compliance, assurance, information management, supply chain, and company secretarial services, reflecting the company’s commitment to robust governance and operational excellence.

Hermann Wenhold is tasked with the critical roles of mining, risk, and safety, health and environment as the executive VP, underscoring Sasol’s dedication to sustainability and responsible business practices. Victor Bester will continue to oversee operations and projects in Southern Africa as the executive VP, a position crucial for the company’s on-the-ground execution and strategic project delivery.

The marketing and sales domains for energy and chemicals in Southern Africa will be led by Christian Herrmann as the executive VP, while Charlotte Mokoena will helm the human resources and corporate affairs as the executive VP, driving the company’s people strategy and corporate relations. Dr. Sarushen Pillay has been designated as the business building, strategy, and technology executive VP, reflecting Sasol’s focus on innovation and long-term strategic growth.

In a noteworthy transition within the chemicals business unit, Brad Griffith, the current executive VP, will retire on June 30, with Antje Gerber set to succeed him on April 15 as the international chemicals executive VP. Gerber’s entry into Sasol marks a significant addition to the team, bringing fresh perspectives and expertise to drive the company’s chemicals business on a global scale.

This comprehensive realignment of Sasol’s executive committee is a strategic initiative aimed at enhancing the company’s agility, governance, and operational efficiency.

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