AFRICA – Experian, the global information services company, has appointed Ferdie Pieterse as the new chief executive officer for Experian Africa, effective immediately.

Pieterse is a seasoned Africa and emerging markets executive, with extensive pan-Africa experience. He has held various C-Suite roles in listed and non-listed entities within the financial services sector.

“We are committed to providing end to end continuity and customer centricity to our clients, and strong leadership to our Experian Africa employees. We are therefore very pleased to welcome Ferdi to the team,” said Marco Benvenuto, chief operating officer Experian EMEA.

“His extensive experience in financial services, particularly at local and global banks operating on the continent, makes him an excellent fit for this role and we are confident in his ability to drive future growth for Experian across Africa.”

For the past seven years Pieterse served as chief operating officer at Standard Chartered Bank, which saw his role expand from COO Africa for the Wholesale Bank to COO for the end to end Banking operations in Africa and the Middle East, covering 25 markets.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Pieterse was an executive director of a JSE listed services company serving as Financial Director and then Chief Operating Officer.

Pieterse holds an Honors Degree in Accountancy from the University of South Africa as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Banking (cum laude).

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant as well as a Certified Information Systems Auditor and alumni of the Said Business School of the University of Oxford where he attended the Leading Across Boundaries Executive Programme as resident student.

Experian plc is an Irish-domiciled multinational consumer credit reporting company. Experian collects and aggregates information on over one billion people and businesses including 235 million individual U.S. consumers and more than 25 million U.S. businesses.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, the company operates in 37 countries with offices in Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United States. The company employs approximately 17,000 people and reported revenue for 2018 of US$4.6 billion.

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Experian is a partner in the U.K. government’s Verify ID system and USPS Address Validation. It is one of the “Big Three” credit-reporting agencies, alongside TransUnion and Equifax.

In addition to its credit services, Experian also sells decision analytic and marketing assistance to businesses, including individual fingerprinting and targeting.

Its consumer services include online access to credit history and products meant to protect from fraud and identity theft. Like all credit reporting agencies, the company is required by U.S. law to provide consumers with one free credit report every year.

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