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Executive Director: North and West Africa, Sanlam Emerging Markets

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Margaret Dawes joined Sanlam in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer of Sanlam Developing Markets, now called Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM). In 2008, she was appointed to head up the Group’s African business portfolio outside South Africa. In September 2015, Dawes took on a new portfolio as SEM’s Executive Director North and West Africa, taking responsibility of Sanlam’s R6 billion investment in the Saham group, as well as the original SEM West Africa businesses.


Dawes says she has experienced no barriers in climbing the corporate ladder at Sanlam and has been afforded great opportunities for development. She says there is no differentiation in terms of gender, and nothing is stopping her from getting where she wants to be. Sanlam has increased the complement of women in leadership positions, senior and middle-management levels from 30% to 42% in 10 years.


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