Absa Group appoints Johnson Idesoh as chief information and technology officer


He is one of two other group executives appointed to start on 1 January 2023.

Johnson Idesoh has 25 years of experience leading digitalisation in regulated industries, as well as a track record of delivering and embedding digital strategies that improve customer experience and increase digital customer numbers.

According to Absa, these appointments represent a step forward in the company’s goal of building a winning, talented, and diverse team.

“The appointments build on the positive momentum that was achieved through executive committee changes and operating model refinement earlier this year,” says Arrie Rautenbach, Absa Group’s chief executive officer. “The appointments strengthen our leadership team, adding to the bench of skill, experience and diversity appropriate to, and supportive of our ambition to be a leading pan-African bank.”

Johnson was named CIO of Old Mutual in April 2018, a position he will hold until his term begins in January. He also serves on the CABS executive board on a part-time basis. He was previously the CTO of Old Mutual Emerging Markets. Johnson worked as an IT strategist and architecture director for Aviva for several years. He has also worked as a programme director and VP for drug development information at AstraZeneca. He began his career as a consultant manager at Accenture.

Johnson holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and recently completed Harvard’s prestigious C-suite programme. He was one of 162 executives who took part in the 202nd session of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management programme, which is a hybrid programme that can be completed through a combination of full-time, live online, and on-campus learning.

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