Testimonials of Leadership Excellence

What Global Board Chairmen Say

My impression of you is as follows: “Whilst you are deeply concerned with discrimination, your approach is positive.  You appreciate that these odds can only be overcome by hard work and exemplary behavior. I have never detected any bitterness in you, mainly the determination to succeed by creating value and sharing insights with all your colleagues.  You have never expressed the view that the world owes you any favors, only demonstrated the hope that the playing field is level. It is not surprising that Nelson Mandela as a role model, plays such a big part in how you live your life. You are not afraid to say what you think.  You are neither selfish nor defensive: you open yourself to other people, share your insights and feelings with them.  This has encouraged many people to likewise open doors for you, invite you into their space and share insights with you. This is because you are a concerned person: the values you strive for are those relating to growth, eradication of disadvantage, non-racialism, and working together. Strange as it may sound,  you demonstrate the values that a true child of South Africa should have: empathy,  respect for others, people-centrism. We South Africans have grown under difficult circumstances. We have experienced some of the worst things human beings can do to each other.  Some of us have experienced the collective shame of what this is, and rather than bitterness chose the path of reconciliation, love, and growth.  This is our philosophy of Ubuntu.   You are a great example of the determination to be human that Ubuntu represents. I can only hope that you will have the opportunity to continue contributing to our beloved country’s success in years to come

Mr. Fred Phaswana

Current Joint Chairman of Mondi plc, Chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, and Non-Executive Director of Naspers Limited. Former Global Chairman Standard Bank Group (listed on the Shanghai stock exchange and the JSE), Chairman of BP Southern Africa, Chairman of Transnet (a large state entity), Chairman Anglo American South Africa, Chairman Ethos Private Equity, Board member of Anglo American plc.

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Dr. Lazarus Zim is a South African businessperson. Currently, he is Chairman at Afripalm Resources Pty Ltd. and Non-Executive Chairman at Mvelaphanda Resources Ltd. He is also on the board of 5 other companies. He applauds the Executive search work of the company, Anne Pratt & Associates done by Anne and her formidable team.

Dr. Lazarus Zim has held several Executive and Non-Executive senior positions including Non-Executive Chairman at Telkom SA Ltd., Chairman of Pinnacle Point Group Ltd., Chairman at KollagenX Corp., Non-Executive Chairman of Northam Platinum Ltd., Chairman for Trans Hex Group Ltd., Non-Executive Chairman of Zambezi Platinum (RF) Ltd., President at Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Chief Executive Officer-South Africa at Anglo American Plc Chairman of Kumba Iron Ore Ltd.

Dr. Lazarus Zim

Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer for Anglo American South Africa Ltd. (all subsidiaries of Anglo American Plc)
Managing Director at MTN International (Pty) Ltd. and Managing Director at SuperSport International Holdings Ltd.

What Cabinet Ministers and the Nelson Mandela Foundation Chairman Say

“The selection panel (including several Ministers in the Cabinet) is amazed and inspired by the depth of talent and expertise displayed. It gives me hope for the country. You are the best!”

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Cabinet Minister
South African Government

“Anne Pratt and their team of consummate professionals inspire confidence in their ability to professionally oversee and run a process which you, the client, would otherwise have trepidation about – assessing and selecting an effective CEO and leader, in an open and transparent way. Confident the result would be universally accepted whatever the outcome”.

The late Prof. Jakes Gerwel

Former Chairman of the Board
Nelson Mandela Foundation

What High Profile Board Corporate Clients Say

“It was great working with Anne and the team. They are unique in their understanding of Government and Cabinet processes viz-a-viz key state-owned entity leadership needs and requirements. There is the depth of relationship with high caliber potential leaders, advisory support, and an appropriate sense of urgency.”

Ms. Busi Mabuza

Airports Company of South Africa

“Anne Pratt has a substantial track record in the industry and has been rated by Japan Tobacco International as one of the most professional and top service level consultants in the world.”

Mr. G. Courvoisier

Former President: Human Resources
Japan Tobacco International, Geneva

“High quality service throughout the process and ensuring we have the right leader at the right time for the current challenges.”

Advocate Sesi Baloyi

Former Board Chairperson
National Health Laboratories Services

“No compromise in quality. Understand customer unique needs. Effective communication throughout.”

Mr. Louis von Zeuner

Non-Executive Director
Telkom Board

” A professional who does understand and respond succinctly to a client brief. A unique research filtering system. A very professional, competitive (Global) service.”

Ms. Santie Botha

Former Chancellor
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

“Anne and her team are great! They offer a flexibility in their approach and there is personal involvement at the Partner level.”

Mr. Mike Teke

Former Group HR Director
Impala Platinum

“They always close an assignment and are very focused.”

Mr. Paul Norman

MTN Group Executive: Human Resources
MTN Global Group

“I must commend you for your professional approach, your complete understanding of the brief given to you and your continuous and expert communication with myself and my ExCo during the entire process. Thank you for a job exceedingly well done.”

Mr. Mike Edwards

Former Executive Director
Forestry South Africa

“Speed, quality of profiling and briefing upfront as well as clarifying the brief. Supply a range of candidates. Constant feedback on where the candidate is at. The company filled a difficulut position well and beyond expectation.”

Mr. Dave van Eeden

Executive Director: Human Resources
University of Cape Town

“Anne Pratt and a team of professionals who demonstrate an attention to detail and offer a courteous and professional service. They delivered the best CEO.”

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

Former Chancellor, University of Cape Town
Board Member, Nelson Mandela Foundation and numerous other Board positions

“Anne and her team have an ability to attract quality candidates who would otherwise not be interested in the position, and a sensitivity to the client’s strategic needs.”

Mr. Joseph Leshabane

DDG, Chief of Operations
National Department of Housing

“Anne and the team have the ability to research, assess and match the best leader to the culture and the challenge.”

Mr. Rodney Ichikowitz

Core Group Africa (Apple)

“Anne and her team have a rigorous process and follow through, high calibre consultants, a passion and an ability to deliver a good end result.”

Ms. Elizabeth Warren

Former Global HR Director
Standard Bank

“Very professional and very thorough.”

Mr. Peter Squires

Former Chief Executive Officer

“Anne and the team have a good knowledge of the market, a sense of urgency, an ability to meet deadlines, good consultants to work with.”

Mr. Talaat Laham

Former Chief Executive Officer
Ciment de Sibline S.A.L. Lebanon

“Speed, quality of profiling and briefing upfront as well as clarifying the brief. Supply a range of candidates. Constant feedback on where the candidate is at. The company filled a difficulut position well and beyond expectation.”

Mr. Dave van Eeden

Executive Director: Human Resources
University of Cape Town

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