Event Details

Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald's will reflect on his leadership team's approach to trading through and commercially surviving not just a once-in-a-century pandemic but also navigating the impact in South Africa, which had one of the toughest lockdown regimes in the world. Given McDonald's business is an indicator of the state of the South African consumer, we will also explore what his organisation's current business performance suggests about the retail outlook as we move into 2021.

Malusi Ndlovu, GM of Old Mutual Corporate Consultants will join us to provide insight to how his organisation is allocating capital to industry sectors demonstrating resilience and/or bright commercial prospects over the medium-to-long term.

Strict health and safety protocols will be in place. No more than twenty people will be accommodated for this in-person session.

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8:30 AM - 9 AM
Registration and breakfast
9 AM - 9:20 AM
Welcome and introduction
9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Old Mutual: investing through the cycle
9:50 AM - 10:55 AM
McDonald’s reflections and projections
10:55 AM - 11 AM


  • Herman Warren (Network Director, Africa of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Herman Warren

    Network Director, Africa of The Economist Corporate Network


    Herman Warren is The Economist Corporate Network’s Network Director for Africa. Herman works with corporate clients to provide insight and analysis on a range of topics related to the broad and specific African context, helping clients to prosper in one of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic economic zones. He regularly chairs and moderates events and delivers custom briefings to senior executives. Herman is the author of a number of white papers on infrastructure, financial and commercial developments in the region. Herman has previously worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company, started and run a successful mobile technology company and has held senior posts in both public- and private-sector corporations. Herman holds a BBA degree in Finance from Howard University.

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  • Greg Solomon (CEO of McDonald's South Africa (Pty) Ltd)

    Greg Solomon

    CEO of McDonald's South Africa (Pty) Ltd

    Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s SA, started his career as a civil engineer. He joined McDonald’s SA in 1996 as a project manager and was instrumental in building many of McDonald’s first restaurants. He believes that to lead you have to have followed and this is evidenced in his multifunctional experience across the organisation, including Supply Chain, Marketing, Operations, and his current role as Chief Executive Officer. For Greg, good leadership is the ability to influence others, build trust and respect and align his team to a common purpose. His leadership has resulted in ten years of market share and profit growth whilst managing a diversified Franchise Portfolio. Greg is married and has two adult children and is passionate about family, wildlife and health

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  • Malusi Ndlovu (General Manager, Corporate Consultants at Old Mutual)

    Malusi Ndlovu

    General Manager, Corporate Consultants at Old Mutual

    Malusi has spent most of his career in the South African Employee Benefits industry. He has experience in retirement fund consulting, finance, product development, strategy and management. Since February 2017 he has held the role of Head of Old Mutual Corporate Consultants. He has a proven track record and brings a variety of experience gained through his previous work experience at Old Mutual, Liberty and MMI. An actuary, he is also a non-executive director of OMART, a cell captive life insurer and holds an MBA with distinction from Hariot-Watt University (UK).

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