Nkulu Madonko appointed as CEO

Nkulu Madonko appointed as CEO


In April 2019, the Common Good Board announced that it would be appointing a new CEO, as Klaas van Mill’s tenure was planned to draw to a close at the end of the year. The post was advertised in May and we quickly received many high caliber applications from all across the country, and even abroad.

A well-planned and rigorous process was put in place to shortlist, interview and conduct competency tests for selected candidates, over three rounds of interviews. In early November the Board reached a unanimous decision and we are very pleased to announce that Nkulu Madonko has been appointed as the next CEO of Common Good.

Nkulu brings a wealth of experience and a keen understanding of our South African context, to the role. He is passionate about social justice and familiar with the non-profit world, having served on the board of two NPOs, providing strategic leadership and business development oversight. Nkulu has deep knowledge of Human Resources, strong communication skills, and many years experience in business and senior leadership. Most importantly, we firmly believe that he is fully aligned with the ethos and values of our organisation. This, in combination with his many strengths, will be a tremendous asset to Common Good in the years to come.

Nkulu holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree and an Honours (Cum Laude), majoring in Industrial Psychology, from Rhodes University. He has an MBA (specialising in Executive Management) from the UCT Graduate School of Business, and will soon complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching through the South African College of Applied Psychology.

He is currently the Head Human Resources for Old Mutual Wealth – a business unit within Old Mutual Limited. He forms part of the Old Mutual Wealth Executive Management Committee and is also a Strategic Human Resources Business Partner to the Old Mutual Structured Finance Executive Management Committee.

Nkulu’s appointment will officially commence on 1 January 2020, however he and Klaas are already working together on a transition plan for the early part of next year. Klaas is not committed to a new role as yet, and will be available during this time to ensure a smooth and thorough handover.

Finally, we are freshly reminded that the choices we make for the organisation are not simply for its success, but for the greater good – so that stories of lives transformed by hope and opportunity continue to abound. We are confident that Nkulu is the right person to lead in this next season and remain full of faith and expectation for the future of Common Good.

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