PwC has appointed Shirley Machaba as its first female CEO for Southern Africa, effective 1 July 2019, replacing Dion Shango who has been appointed as CEO of PwC Africa.

Machaba has been a partner in PwC’s assurance services division for more than 15 years and has over 26 years of internal and external audit, risk management, compliance and governance experience within the private and public sectors across a number of industries.

Machaba also served as a member of the PwC Africa Governance Board and as chair of the PwC South Africa Governing Board from October 2012 to June 2018. She is currently PwC Africa’s governance, risk and internal audit leader, and diversity & inclusion leader for PwC Southern Africa.

Shango said: “PwC believes Shirley has the leadership skills, experience and influence to lead PwC Southern Africa in the coming years. We believe that Shirley is an excellent choice to lead our local firm, especially as the business continues to explore new areas of growth and development across Africa.”

Machaba said: “Being appointed to the PwC Southern Africa CEO role is a privilege. I’m proud of our partners’ confidence in me and look forward to leading the practice with a team of dedicated and capable partners and staff.”