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Thomas Kgokolo


Thomas Kgokolo

Expertise: Strategy DesignStrategy ExecutionKeynote SpeakingLeadership

Thomas Kgokolo was appointed the interim CEO of SAA to oversee the national carrier’s transition from business rescue (December 2019 – April 2021) to Market re-entry. The brief of re-entry into the market was realised when SAA took to the skies domestically on the 23rd of September and regionally from the 27th of September 2021. Currently, he is the CEO of Finequity Pty Ltd, a company responsible for business turnarounds and finance strategies of the business.

Mr. Kgokolo has extensive senior management experience, having been CEO at both Air Traffic Navigation Services and South African Airways.  He has more than 10 years of experience at a Non-Executive Director level. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Gordons Institute of Business Science (GIBS), where he is also an award-winning lecturer in finance and strategy. He is currently studying toward a Ph.D. in business turnarounds strategies.

Mr. Kgokolo, is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Top MBA student in Leadership and Accountability Award in 2017, and more noteworthy, he was honoured with the Emerging Leader Award by the University of South Africa’s School of Business Leadership in 2018. In 2021, he was awarded top public sector CEO 2021.

He was previously CEO at Air Traffic Navigation Services SoC and Chief Financial Officer at the Competition Commission of South Africa.  Some of his current roles are that of Board Chair at Mineworkers Provident Fund and Non-Executive Director at Sizwe-Hosmed Medical Fund.

Speaking Topics:

  • Governance.
  • Public sector leadership.
  • Strategic turnarounds.
  • Financial Strategies.

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