Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby once exercised oversight on state-owned entities (SOEs) as director-general of public enterprises. She now occupies ... the hot seat at a company often described as the “spinal cord” of South Africa’s economy. Meet CEO Derby's executive team at Transnet.
Within a few months, the adventure of BNP Paribas in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa will come to an end, with the cinching of the sale of its last two major subsidiaries – in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. The heir to the Comptoir National d’Escompte de Paris – former sponsor of the “colonial banks” created in the 1850s to “transform into cash the bond indemnities granted to owners who had lost the ‘ownership’ of their slaves”, according to French historian Hubert Bonin – has followed the pace of a certain French capitalism in Africa, both in its advances and in its eventual decline.