Ruwayda Redfearn takes up CEO role at Deloitte Africa, becoming the first female CEO in the firm’s history.
Ruwayda started her career as a trainee at Deloitte in 1997. Following her secondment in New York, she returned to Durban as a manager and was appointed to the partnership in 2004. She was appointed to lead the audit practice of the KwaZulu-Natal region in 2010. She also chaired the Global Young Partners’ Advisory Council, reporting to the global CEO. In 2011, she was appointed to the Deloitte Southern Africa board and remuneration committee.
In 2012, Ruwayda took up a CFO role at a global commodity trading business for three years. She returned to Deloitte in 2015 as the office managing partner for the KZN region and managed the risk advisory business for the Eastern Cape and KZN regions. She was appointed to the Deloitte Africa board in 2016 and chaired the firm’s remuneration committee, as well as serving as a member of the performance, reward, succession and nominations committee.
Ms Redfearn will be the fourth black CEO at Deloitte.