BP Appoints First Black Female CEO

BP Southern Africa (BPSA) has appointed chartered accountant Priscillah Mabelane as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mabelane is the first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multi-national company, marking a significant milestone in the organization and industry’s transformation journey.

She will take the helm on September, 1 exactly six years after joining the organization in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Prior to joining BP, Mabelane held various executive roles in a number of large South African companies. She worked at Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) as CFO, Ernst & Young where she was a tax director, and at Eskom where she held various roles in finance, tax and general management.

Mabelane’s appointment follows closely on the heels of two recent female senior executive appointments to the BPSA leadership team: Kelebogile Tseladimitlwa as Human Resources Director Southern Africa, and Prinisha Khoosal as Commercial Integration Manager, Southern Africa during the latter part of 2016.