MTN Business sponsors CEO conference

MTN Business proud to be the headline partner of the 2010 Leading CEO Council

June 29, 2010

MTN Business proud to be the headline partner of the 2010 Leading CEO Council

MTN Business, a wholly owned subsidiary of MTN Holdings, is proud to be the leading sponsor of the 2010 Leading CEO Council – a unrivalled annual event where South Africa’s top businessmen and women unite to discuss leadership issues and to mentor those who will succeed them. The four-day Initiative features seminars, workshops and debates where 24 of today’s top leaders (12 female and 12 male) will help to mould the leaders of tomorrow.

Says Angela Gahagan, managing executive at MTN Business; “MTN Business is set on being true catalysts for change in Africa and what better way than to be involved in an initiative that invites South Africa’s leading CEOs to network and share their expert knowledge and visions for the future in an informal setting.”

This year, twelve top female CEOs will join twelve of their male counter parts, along with twenty-four selected protégé. The protégés will be independently handpicked from the top university graduates around the country by The Brightest Young Minds. This year, the CEOs and protégés will also be accompanied by four matriculants – two boys and two girls from both the public and private school sectors. These four candidates will be top matriculants who are involved in Make a Difference – a foundation aimed with unflagging zeal to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged yet academically talented young South Africans by creating exceptional educational and related opportunities. In a South African first, this year, the Leading CEO council will bring together three generations of some of the best minds in South Africa.

All participants in the Initiative have been hand selected by Endorsement and Media Partners of the CEO Council, and they have been invited to participate in the dinner debates during weekend, where topics will centre on current affairs, leadership and innovation – all key areas for Africa’s sustainable growth. Additionally, attendees will also be invited to participate in workshops that cover aspects of leadership such as the core attributes of leadership, the legacy of leadership and the possibility of potential to name but a few. This is the only platform that allows future leaders to engage in constructive dialogue with the current leaders, and to forge invaluable relationships and associations.

CEOs are recognised throughout the world for their expert knowledge and skills set associated with their line of work. “South African CEO’s are held in high regard in their respective industries and sharing expertise and knowledge with each other and their protégés should be considered crucial for the further growth and development of Africa’s business landscape,” says Gahagan.

The 2010 Leading CEO Council is aimed at achieving this in this distinctive environment “Learning doesn’t stop when one reaches the top. In fact, it is often when one learns the most. There is a multifaceted nature to leadership, coaching and mentoring and we are proud to bring together such a diverse group of people to share experiences, visions and advice,” concludes Gahagan.

With the focus on South Africa in 2010, South Africa was selected as the host country for this year’s council. The country’s scenic beauty, diverse wildlife, kaleidoscope of cultures and heritages and the great outdoors provides an ideal setting for the Leading CEO Council. As a result, this year’s council will take place from 29 October – 31 October 2010 at the new flagship Hyatt Regency worldwide, The Hyatt Regency Oubaai. In an area renowned for its pristine beaches, indigenous forests and nature reserves, the exclusive resort’s position between the ocean and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains provides a perfect location for such a platform.

The 2010 event is spearheaded by MTN Business as The Headline Partner, supported by further local and global partner brands – such as Glenrand MIB, Nokia, BMW, Pam Golding Properties, Microsoft, Jameson, Tracker, South African Tourism, The Western Cape Tourism Board, The Hyatt Regency Oubaai, Brightest Young Minds, Heidrick & Struggles, Make a Difference, Matchboxology, The House of Monatic, Levis Strauss, Spitz, Avis, Carlton Hair International, Clarins, M.A.C., Southern Right, Toast & Co; Badimo Gas, Murray & Roberts, Peotona and Alison Gregg Public Relations. Further information can be viewed at