Feb 28

February 2019 – Big Business sets sights on Repats for C-suite roles


Homecoming Revolution News
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa

Multinationals and big businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa have confirmed that localized C-suite talent works best on the continent. Find out why below.

If you’re a skilled candidate working abroad but interested in finding out about opportunities back home, make sure we’ve got your CV. If you’re an employer operating seeking scarce skill talent either at home or abroad, take a look at our list of Top Talent below or get in touch.

We had a busy February. Make sure you read this month’s Executives on the Move feature and read more about the targeted fintech talent event we recently hosted for Mastercard in London.

We hope you have a great month ahead.

Onwards & Upwards

The Homecoming Revolution Team

Mastercard and Homecoming Revolution host London Fintech event
Homecoming Revolution recently hosted a targeted talent event in London for leading global payments and technology company Mastercard to encourage top Nigerian fintech talent to return home.

The event, which took place on 14 December 2018 at The Park Plaza Victoria, was titled ‘Connecting you to priceless possibilities in Africa’ and aimed to inform the audience of the exciting career prospects for diaspora professionals with fintech skills.

Each candidate in attendance was carefully selected according to Mastercard’s specific talent requirements.

Other Mastercard employees in attendance included Ngozi Megwa, Mastercard Vice President, Market Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Obi Okwuegbunam, Mastercard Business Development West Africa and Carys Richards, Mastercard Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Middle East and Africa…Read more.

For more information on Homecoming Revolution’s tailored recruitment events, contact

Big Business sets sights on Repats for C-suite roles
Multinationals and big businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa have confirmed that localized C-suite talent works best on the continent.

At the recently held Deloitte Africa in 2019 Outlook Conference, Nabeel Laher, Head International Private Equity Old Mutual Alternative Investments, said, “We’ve found better success in employing executives who have ties back home in Africa. It is far easier for them to integrate into the business.”

Vuyo Ntoi, Head of Southern and Central Africa, African Infrastructure Investment Managers, confirmed these sentiments.

Faye Tessendorf, Managing Director at Homecoming Revolution, says this is exactly what the headhunting firm has found, with employers starting to place far greater emphasis on placing highly skilled African diaspora talent into executive positions…Read more.

Executives on the Move: iVeri Head of Business Development
Tamara Reddy has been appointed as Head of Business Development for payments technology company iVeri.

With more than two decades of experience, iVeri has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the payments industry across most African countries.

Within her new role, Tamara will be responsible for managing and driving all the aspects of income and value enhancement within the strategy of the company.

Comments Charna Felet, Head of Business Resources at iVeri, “Tamara will be a key stakeholder at iVeri. We are looking forward to welcoming her and watching her career leverage off the growth of our unique company.” Read more.

Seamless Southern Africa 2019
For Employers – See Our Talent Hot List
Please contact our headhunters if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:

South African EE Female – Marketing Head  – Financial Services
Rwandan Male – Head of Business Banking – Banking
South African EE Male – Executive Manager – Information Technology
Ethiopian Female – Director – Public Relations
South African EE Male – Principal Analyst Mergers & Acquisitions – Economics
Nigerian Female – Digital Marketing Executive – Marketing & Advertising
South African EE Female – Country Manager – Retail
Nigerian Male – Senior Account Executive – Computer Software
South African EE Male – Financial Manager – Marketing & Advertising
Nigerian Male – Chief Operating Officer – Consumer Goods
South African EE Male – Senior Software Engineer – Computer Software
South African EE Female – Marketing & Strategy Director – Marketing & Advertising
Ivorian Male – PMO Manager  – Telecommunications
South African Male – VP Financial Services – Banking
Zambian Female – Head of Foreign Operations – Banking
South African EE Female – Group Communications Head – Food Production
Kenyan Female – Business Development Lead – IT
South African EE Female – Consumer Insights Manager – Market Research
Kenyan Male – Senior Strategy & Innovation Manager – Investment Management
South African EE Female – Head of Marketing – Food & Beverage
Nigerian Male – HR Advisory & Strategy – Management Consulting
South African Male – National Operations Executive – Retail
Kenyan Male – Commercial Finance Lead Sub-Saharan Africa – IT
South African Male – Chief Commercial Officer – Logistics & Supply Chain
Nigerian Male – Head of Sales & Marketing – Banking
South African Male – Chief Commercial Officer – Logistics & Supply Chain
Ghanaian Male – Senior Business Development Analyst – Management Consulting
South African Female – Senior Business Analyst – IT

A Selection of Job Opportunities
E-commerce Director – Retail – Johannesburg
Chief Commercial Officer – Pharma – Abidjan
Managing Director – Agriculture – Nairobi
Chief Technology Officer – FMCG – Johannesburg
Regional Director – Manufacturing – Nigeria
Merchandise Executive – Food Retail – Johannesburg
CFO – FMCG – Lagos
Commercial Director – Agri-processing – Kampala
Finance Executive – Retail – Durban
Head of Product – Fintech Lagos
Head of Campus & Operations – Software Development – Johannesburg
Managing Director – PR agency – Johannesburg
CIO – FMCG – Cape Town
Finance Executive –  Retail – Durban
Head of Category – Food & Beverage – Johannesburg
Category Director – Consumer Electronics – Johannesburg
Country Manager – Agriculture – Maputo
Technical Manager – Agriculture – Harare
Country Manager – Fintech – Lagos
CEO – Telcos – Abidjan
Managing Director – Fintech – Cape Town
Country Manager – Agriculture – Dar es Salaam
Sales Director – Fintech – Nairobi
Group Tax Executive – Professional Services – Johannesburg
We are continually working on many roles in addition to the ones above. So, if you’re in the market, please make sure we have your CV so we can match you to opportunities as they arise.
Mail & Guardian Upcoming Events
Out & About
#FounderNation Launch

Homecoming Revolution CEO Angel Jones was one of the keynote speakers at the launch of #FounderNation, a movement focused on empowering and uniting females in business. #FounderNation is born of the idea that by pulling together to solve our problems and do better business, we will accelerate our businesses and our communities and country towards our greatest potential. Other keynotes included Nontokozo Madonsela (Group CMO MMI Holdings), Sarah-Jane Boden (Founder SoulProviders Collective), Nokwazi Mzobe (Author & Founder Matoyana Business Solutions) and Marang Setshwaelo (Publicist & Co-owner DreamCatcher).

Zanele Ntuli (Marketing & Strategy Director MDOT)

Lebo Madiba (CMO Etion Limited)

Angel Jones, Giselle Bussiahn (CEO Happy Media Africa) & Naledi Mashego (Founder & MD Cherry Republik)

Angel Jones speaking at #FounderNation

Speakers on stage at #FounderNation including Jo-Anne Sudbury (Founder Upstage Productions), Sarah-Jane Boden (Founder SoulProviders Collective), Nokwazi Mzobe (Author & Founder Matoyana Business Solutions) and Marang Setshwaelo (Publicist & Co-owner DreamCatcher), Nontokozo Madonsela (Group CMO MMI Holdings) and Angel Jones

Nokwazi Mzobe and Naledi Simon (Office Coordinator at Homecoming Revolution)

M&G SA Economy

This one-day conference brought political analysts, economists, business leaders, industry experts, civil society and government who shared insights on factors that will influence the South African economy in 2019. The event unpacked the current state of affairs, major developing trends and forecasts, policies and influences in the economy as well as implications for businesses in South Africa.

Paul Noumba Um (Country Director South Africa World Bank) & Faye Tessendorf (Managing Director at Homecoming Revolution)

Isaah Mlanga (Executive Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes)

Marc Lubner (CEO Afrika Tikkun) & Busisiwe Mavuso (COO Business Leadership South Africa)

Homecomer Stories:

We’re happy beyond words to be home

Antwane King and her family returned home from New Zealand two years ago. She reflects on her journey since returning.

It’s two years since we returned home, and I feel physically sick at just the thought of ever living elsewhere. We are happy beyond words. It was a privilege to live in both New Zealand and Australia and travel worldwide. But I wouldn’t swap this life and my newfound friends for anything. The best part is that my kids are happy.


‘It was always my plan to move back’

Obinna Okwodu, Founder and CEO of Fibre, returned to Lagos in 2015. He speaks about why he returned home and some of the advantages and disadvantages of returning…Read more.

MBTN Accelerating Ideas Conference 2019