PwC South Africa CEO elevated to chief executive of entire Africa practice

20 December 2018 2 min. read
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Dion Shango, who has been Chief Executive Officer at PwC Southern Africa since 2015, has now been elevated to the position of Chief Executive for PwC’s entire Africa operations. In order to allow for a smooth transition, Shango will begin at his new position as of July next year.

The selection was made out of 400 candidates for the position, constituted from the entire body of Partners in the Big Four accounting and advisory firm’s Africa operations. The Africa practice includes the region of Southern Africa, which will give Shango a strong foundation to build upon.

In addition, the Africa operations include the West and East Africa, both of which are expanding as major economic centres not only on the continent, but also as important investment destinations for businesses across the globe. Shango will help clients across Africa attract this investment.

PwC South Africa CEO elevated to chief executive of entire Africa practice

Having completed one degree in accounting and auditing from Pretoria University and another from Unisa, Shango began his professional career at PwC, where he has remained ever since. According to him, the firm offers the ideal balance and conditions for his personal and professional ambitions. 

“I knew that PwC was where I wanted to be. The firm has a great combination of young people and experienced people keen to share their knowledge and wisdom. It’s a great place to build a career,” says Shango, commenting on his commitment to the firm and the success he has achieved thus far.

In 2015, Shango became the first person of colour to be awarded the position of CEO for PwC’s Southern Africa practice. Shango was also exceptionally young at the time, but had already demonstrated the necessary leadership skills at the relatively young age of 39. Shango not replaces Hein Boegman, who has been CEO at PwC Africa for over a decade.

During his time as CEO, PwC Southern Africa has made great strides in its business profile, having made a number of strategic acquisitions in addition to investing in establishing new commercial spaces to work out of. More importantly, the firm has offered key insights and recommendations during a turbulent time in South Africa’s economy.