Thero Setiloane

Thero Setiloane

Dip. Mash. Mech, B.Sc (Mech. Eng)

Current position

CEO, Business Leadership South Africa

Current involvements

  • African Renaissance Holdings Limited (ARH) Chairman
  • Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Trustee / Board Member
  • General Electric Global Panel on Corporate Citizenship Member of GE’s Expert Panel on Corporate Citizenship
  • Heating Ventilation and Air-conditioning (Pty) Ltd, Director
  • Oro Group (Pty) Ltd Director
  • University of Cape Town Council Member




Employment history

  • University of Cape Town (1987 – 1990)
    Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
  • Anglo American Corporation of SA Limited (AAC) Management Trainee Scheme (1990 – 1995)
    Executive Management Programme aimed at creating an executive management cadre for the corporation. He was the second of four blacks to have been part of this programme
  • Transtel (a telecommunications company) Deputy CEO Commercial (1995 – 1998)
    As Deputy CEO (Commercial) he was required to look after all commercial aspects of the organization, i.e. acquisitions, purchasing, relationship with auditors, etc.
  • Real Africa Group (A Private Equity Group) Executive Director (1998 – 2003)
    As executive director of the Real Africa Group. He was required to focus on the evaluation of investment opportunities in the industrial / technological sectors and to assist in ensuring that all investments made achieved the required returns for shareholders.
  • AngloGold Ashanti Limited
    • (2003 to Feb 2006) General Manager Marketing
    • (Feb2006 – Nov 2007) Executive Officer
      Marketing, Member of Executive Committee
    • Dec 2007 – August 2011 Executive Vice President
    • Business Sustainability
  • Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) (A NPO)
    • (Sept 2011 – Present) Chief Executive Officer
      Business Leadership South Africa is an independent association whose members represent South African big business and major multinational investors. It is a forum for South Africa’s business leaders to exchange ideas on matters of current interest to the large companies of South Africa and other business bodies and to facilitate an effective business dialogue with government and other stakeholders. BLSA is a CEO or Chairman forum only.