MICHELLE POT­GI­ETER

Finweek English Edition - - TOP WOMEN - I took higher-grade math­e­mat­ics in high school and I got to know about quan­tity sur­vey­ing. I ad­vise learn­ers to take maths as most skills for jobs in the coun­try re­quire maths. I in­ter­viewed a can­di­date for a po­si­tion in my team who, within the pe­riod of

DI­REC­TOR OF COR­PO­RATE MAR­KET­ING AND COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS AT SAM­SUNG ELEC­TRON­ICS SA Pot­gi­eter is re­spon­si­ble for Sam­sung South Africa’s mar­ket­ing port­fo­lio. She pre­vi­ously held man­age­ment po­si­tions at var­i­ous prom­i­nent com­pa­nies in the tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, in­clud­ing Telkom, Cell C, Sen­tech and LG Elec­tron­ics South Africa. Pot­gi­eter com­pleted her MA.Ed and PhD de­grees at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria and ob­tained her MBA de­gree from DeMont­fort Univer­sity (UK). Early in my ca­reer I worked as an aca­demic at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria. I was part of a pro­ject to bring ed­u­ca­tion to learn­ers in needy towns and cities Telling my fa­ther I wanted to do quan­tity sur­vey­ing. He was sup­posed to pay my fees, and it was not his first choice for me. I had to con­vince him and make him un­der­stand what quan­tity sur­vey­ing is. He told me to do what makes me happy. Now both my par­ents are proud of my choice and where I am in my ca­reer. Dis­ap­point­ments, fail­ures and set­backs are a nor­mal part of life and as the leader of a com­pany, I con­stantly have to re­mind my­self “we have a prob­lem, let’s see how we can fix it”. As a woman, a mother Man­dela Washington Fel­low for 2015, Mthiyane is cur­rently in the US as part of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Young African Lead­ers Ini­tia­tive. Mthiyane grad­u­ated from the USB with an MBA de­gree in 2014. She also has a BA Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Science and IT de­gree from the Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land, an MDP from the Unisa school of Busi­ness Lead­er­ship and a grade A se­cu­rity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Mthiyane started an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Ibutho Youth Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IYO) with the aim of giv­ing young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate the coun­try they want to live in. She also heads Zoluhle Poly­mer­ics, a com­pany that man­u­fac­tures glass re­in­forced plas­tic composites us­ing 3D-print­ing tech­niques.

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