University of Pretoria has appointed Executive Director of Faculty, and Senior Lecturer, Dr Morris Mthombeni as Interim Dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He will commence the role on 1 July 2020. Mthombeni will fulfil this role until such time that a permanent dean is appointed following an extensive and exhaustive process by the University of Pretoria. In the meantime, he will work with Professor Nicola Kleyn, the outgoing dean, who steps down at the end of June for a post at the Rotterdam School of Management, in the Netherlands, to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Mthombeni has a PhD in Corporate Governance from the University of Pretoria, an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School and an LLB, B. Proc, B. Juris from the University of South Africa. He has a wealth of corporate experience with a cumulative 28 years in the financial services industry. Prior to joining GIBS in 2014, Mthombeni held several leadership positions at Liberty Life and Momentum, culminating in a four-year tenure as chief executive officer at Momentum Investments and as an executive director of MMI Holdings Limited. Mthombeni has also held roles in several public and private boards over his career. He was recently appointed as a non-executive director at Investec Bank Limited.
In addition to his leadership work, Mthombeni is a passionate academic and has received accolades from students and academics, both from within and external to GIBS. On academic programmes his primary focus has been the PhD and DBA programmes as well as the masters programmes where he lecturers in the areas of corporate strategy, corporate governance, environment of business, and innovation. He also lectures on GIBS’ flagship Global Executive Development Programme, Board Leadership Programme, and the Harvard Senior Executive Leadership Programme for senior managers and executives.
“I am humbled and honoured to serve GIBS in this role, as the School continues to navigate its way through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working with the GIBS executive team to maintain the high standards established by the former dean, Prof Nick Binedell, and enhanced by the current dean, Prof Nicola Kleyn. Having worked under the leadership of Professor Kleyn for the last six years, I have great admiration for what she has achieved during her tenure as dean. She has been a remarkable leader and I wish her the best in her time at RSM,” said Mthombeni.
Outgoing Dean of GIBS, Professor Nicola Kleyn said: “I would like to congratulate Morris on his appointment. It is comforting to know that GIBS will be led by an individual with such a distinguished record including service to the GIBS community. I believe his leadership with the support of a strong executive will guide the School during these globally challenging times.”
GIBS which was recently ranked as the top African business school for Executive Education by the London Financial Times for the 17th consecutive year. The School’s flagship MBA is also one of the most sought after MBAs in the country.
Vice-Chancellor of UP, Professor Tawana Kupe said, “I would like to thank Dr Mthombeni for his willingness to serve as the Interim Dean of GIBS whilst the University is busy with the recruitment and selection processes for the Dean’s position. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Dean, Professor Kleyn, for her dedicated and noteworthy service to the University.”