BONGIWE TINDLENI

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HEAD OF ABSA PRI­VATE BANK­ING Tindleni started her ca­reer as a phar­ma­cist but took the leap into the cor­po­rate sec­tor when she joined Ac­cen­ture as a con­sul­tant. In 2007 she en­tered the bank­ing sec­tor as a strat­egy an­a­lyst for FNB Com­mer­cial Bank­ing. This was fol­lowed by a year-long stint as a busi­ness man­ager for Bar­clays in the UK. She has held a num­ber of man­age­ment po­si­tions at Absa, and has been head of Pri­vate Bank­ing since 2014. She holds a Post­grad­u­ate Diploma in Man­age­ment (PDM) from Wits Busi­ness School and an MBA from the Gor­don In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Science. The op­por­tu­nity to move out of phar­macy launched my ca­reer out­side the space I had been trained in. Un­like other pro­fes­sions like en­gi­neer­ing or ac­count­ing, where peo­ple can ex­plore other ver­ti­cals in their ca­reer, it is not the same for health pro­fes­sion­als. Join­ing Ac­cen­ture was my big­gest break ini­tially. My sec­ond-big­gest break is my cur­rent job as Absa’s head of Pri­vate Bank­ing.

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