Michael has more than 22 years’ experience in the financial services sector and is celebrated as being at the forefront of business leadership, innovation and technology.
He held various CEO positions throughout the FirstRand Group, including founding eBucks and turning around FNB HomeLoans, before being appointed as CEO of First National Bank (FNB) in 2004 at the age of 36.
During the decade at the helm of the Bank, he led FNB to be named the “World’s Most Innovative Bank” in the 2012 BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards held in Washington, DC and in 2011 he made the Top Five list of SA Newsmakers of the Year for FNB’s social media presence.
Michael serves on the boards of several companies, including, CodeX, Invenfin, Compuscan and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). In line with his passion for technology he is actively involved in funding and mentoring small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Michael holds a PhD in economics and a law degree, both from the University of Stellenbosch. He also attended the Singularity University executive program in Palo Alto.