Jo Pohl

Jo was appointed Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for Telesure Investment Holdings in October 2015. She leads the Group Finance, Group Treasury and Group Compliance Functions and plays a pivotal role by enabling, and driving, the execution of the Group Strategy that will provide optimal return for the Shareholder.

Previously she worked at Standard Chartered Bank as the Chief Financial Officer for the Africa region. She was an executive member of the Africa and global Finance Management Groups responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, governance oversight, external stakeholder management and business partnership to 15 countries in Africa and globally for the Finance function. Finance, the Africa shared service centres and corporate real estate teams across the continent fell under her remit. Prior to her appointment at Standard Chartered Bank, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Ubank Limited responsible for Finance, Treasury and Strategy and has also led the finance function on a Pan-African basis as the Head of Finance for Barclays Africa, the Middle East and Indian Oceans.

She is a director of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe Limited, Wealthport (Pty) Ltd, Rockport (Pty) Ltd and chairs the board of the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa. She is part of the South Africa Boss of the Year alumni for 2013, was identified by Euromoney as one of Africa’s top 20 rising stars in 2014 and is a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) class of 2015.

Jo is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Professional Banker of the Institute of Bankers in SA (PBSA) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales. She is a highly principled and passionate about people and philanthropy. She counsels cancer patients, works with young entrepreneurs, mentors women in business, is a member of the 30% Club Steering Committee for Southern Africa, SA Marketing Awards Council and an adjudicator for the 2015 Technology Top 100 (TT100) Awards. She has been a sponsor and mentor on the SCB Women in Leadership Programme and Africa Emerging Leadership Programme, mentored on the Black Entrepreneurship Initiative and served on the SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) Initial Professional Development and Exam Committees.

She is married to a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, has four children and enjoys traveling, art, history and motorbike riding.