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ShirleyZinnShirley Zinn

Category: Women on Boards


Prof Shirley Zinn is the former Human Resources Director of Standard Bank South Africa and  the Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group and has since registered her own company: Shirley Zinn Consulting that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Leadership, Transformation and Education.

Prior to this she was the Group Executive HR at Nedbank. Before this, she was the General Manager for Human Resources at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). She is also currently an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria's Department of Human Resource Management and is the Past President of the Institute for People Management South Africa.

She started her career as a secondary school teacher of English, then moved to the University of the Western Cape where she lectured in Teacher Education. After this, she served at Southern Life as Training Manager and then moved to the Department of Public Service and Administration's: South African Management Development Institute, in Pretoria as Director. She held the position of Executive Employment Equity at Computer Configurations Holdings. Before her appointment at SARS, she filled the role of Regional Human Resources Director for Middle East and Africa for Reckitt Benckiser, a global company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

In addition to serving on the Monash South Africa Board and the Board of AdVtech,, she also is the past President of the Institute of People Management, the past Chair of the Institute of Bankers South Africa and sat on the Board of the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority, as well as Bankmed. She served as Trustee to the Standard Bank Group Retirement Fund. She also served on the HR Committee of the Board at SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants). She is a mentor to several women in the financial services industry. She is also a patron to the SAALED (South African Association for Learning and Educational Differences), past Honorary Patron of the Corporate Governance Framework, as well as a patron to the Friends Daycare Centre, for children with disabilities. 

She holds a BA (University of the Western Cape); Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed Honours (UNISA); M.Ed (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M  (Harvard) and Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) (Harvard).

She was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa.by Topco Media in 2008. She also was recognized by the Black Business Quarterly and received the Award for Top Woman in Business and Government and most Visionary Woman in 2008. She also received an award in Mumbai in 2007 for Global HR Leadership. In 2012, was listed in the Top 30 Wonder Women in South Africa by the Wits Business Journal.

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