Transnet Appoints New Leadership Team to Drive Recovery Plan

  • Transnet appoints new leadership team: Michelle Phillips as Group CEO, Nosipho Maphumulo as CFO, and Russell Baatjies as Rail CEO.
  • Rigorous recruitment process ensures transparency, involving internal and external stakeholders, industry experts, and constant communication.
  • Board commends new appointments, emphasizing leadership skills and commitment to driving transformative change for Transnet's recovery.
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Lethabo Ntsoane

Transnet SOC Ltd. has announced the appointment of a new dynamic leadership team aimed at steering the company towards recovery and growth. The appointments come as part of Transnet’s efforts to implement its Recovery Plan and Freight Logistics Roadmap, signaling a strategic move to enhance operational efficiency and restore financial stability.

Rigorous Recruitment Process Ensures Transparency

The selection process for the key leadership positions involved meticulous recruitment, search, interview, and assessment procedures, overseen by Transnet’s Board of Directors. Utilizing both internal and external recruitment channels, including Executive Search Companies, ensured fairness and transparency in the selection process. The involvement of industry experts and constant communication with stakeholders further upheld the integrity of the process.

Meet the New Leadership Team

Transnet’s new leadership team comprises seasoned professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields:

Group Chief ExecutiveMs Michelle PhillipsMichelle Phillips brings over 21 years of experience within Transnet, demonstrating expertise in business and operations improvement initiatives.
Group Chief Financial OfficerMs Nosipho MaphumuloNosipho Maphumulo joins Transnet from Eskom Rotek Industries, bringing with her a wealth of experience in financial management across public and private sectors.
Chief Executive: Transnet Freight RailMr Russell BaatjiesRussell Baatjies, a seasoned professional at Transnet, boasts a distinguished career in operational management, particularly within the rail sector.

Key Qualifications and Achievements

Ms Michelle Phillips holds degrees in B Juris, LLB, and has completed executive development programs, showcasing her commitment to continuous learning and professional growth. Ms Nosipho Maphumulo, a registered Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in financial management, brings a strong understanding of regulatory frameworks to her new role. Mr Russell Baatjies, with qualifications in engineering and business administration, has demonstrated his capabilities in optimizing rail operations and asset utilization.

Board Commends New Appointments

The Transnet Board of Directors expressed confidence in the newly appointed executives, emphasizing their leadership skills and track record in driving transformative change. The appointments are expected to provide stability and certainty, enabling Transnet to focus on implementing its Recovery Plan effectively.

Looking Ahead

With the new leadership team in place, Transnet aims to accelerate the implementation of its initiatives, aiming for sustained improvement in operational and financial performance. Additionally, the recruitment process for a Group Chief Operations Officer (COO) is underway, further emphasizing Transnet’s commitment to enhancing operational efficiency and coordination.


The appointment of the new leadership team marks a significant milestone for Transnet as it charts a course towards recovery and growth. With a focus on transparency, expertise, and commitment to excellence, Transnet is poised to reclaim its position as a key driver of economic growth and development in South Africa.


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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo