OBITUARY | Peter Matlare looked into the eye of the tiger and ...

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OBITUARY | Peter Matlare looked into the eye of the tiger and roared

The Absa deputy CEO bounced back from disaster and cemented his legacy by pulling off a rare feat

Chris Barron

Peter Matlare, who has died at the age of 60 from Covid-19 complications, had messed up spectacularly as CEO of Tiger Brands and had zero executive banking experience when Absa CEO Maria Ramos made him the bank’s deputy group CEO and gave him one of the most fiendishly challenging jobs in the sector.

This was in effect to turn 1,267 branches of Barclays bank across 12 countries in Africa into Absa branches after Barclays’ sudden 2016 decision to cut its stake in Absa from 63% to 14.9%.

Absa had been running these banks under the UK bank’s brand since 2013, but Barclays decided it had had enough of emerging market risk and now Absa had to rename and rebrand them...

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