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African Bank adds tech heavyweight as new CIO

By , ITWeb
Africa , South Africa , 13 Sep 2021
Unathi Mtya joins African Bank as its new group chief information officer.
Unathi Mtya joins African Bank as its new group chief information officer.

African Bank has appointed Unathi Mtya as group chief information officer, the retail bank announced in a statement today. Mtya also joins the group executive committee.

Headquartered in Midrand, African Bank is licensed as a locally-controlled bank by the South African Reserve Bank. It has a countrywide branch distribution network.

Mtya joins African Bank from Grindrod Bank, where she served as chief technology officer. At Grindrod Bank, she was responsible for the efficient handling of the bank’s IT, planning and aligning IT within the business and managing the transition to new technologies.

Additionally, she spent time understanding the biggest technology trends in the banking industry, namely the acceleration of new technologies, the collaboration of banks and fintech firms, and the growing importance of customer experience, says the statement.

Says Kennedy Bungane, African Bank CEO: “Unathi is a tech enthusiast, a speaker as well as a member of the Forbes Technology Council. She will provide the required skill and expertise to translate our ongoing digital strategy into value-add experiences for our customers, and continue to build and expand on our IT capabilities.”

During her career, Mtya led multi-disciplinary technical teams across the ICT spectrum at senior management, general management and chief information/technology levels. She has also held key positions at BCX, the State IT Agency and Parliament.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Fort Hare, a professional certificate in CIO practice from Wits University and a Master of Science in technology management from Columbia University in New York, US.

“I have always been an advocate of value,” says Mtya. “My remit will include the consideration and implementation of technology platforms that provide value across all digital capabilities of African Bank.”

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