Pat Semenya: Classroom Success in a Corporate World

By Drum Digital
18 September 2015

Raised by teachers, Pat builds her career on the value of leaving a legacy through education.

Pat Semenya was recently appointed the new Market Head of South Africa for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Taking on a role that demands extraordinary attention to detail, Pat Semenya has the right mix of finance experience, starting off her career as an Audit Intern at KPMG, and Management Skills experience in both Government and the FMCGs sector. Pat Semenya’s attention to detail and ability to drive any team to success ensures the ACCA brand will be looked after.

“Pat is a great asset! Her capacity to identify issues and opportunities, envision paths of action, visualize objectives and results while executing them end-to-end and adapting her strategies when required, factually endorse her potential.” - Christian Mur, SR Strategic Business Developer, Nestlé The importance of passing down sound and adequate information to the next generation of professionals is high on Pat’s agenda. Pat draws on her success as skills learnt in the accountancy field, along with the lessons learnt from being a parent, business woman and wife. Her first strides into the finance sector started at the University of Johannesburg where she studied Financial Information Systems (FIS). Pat then went on to further her studies at Regenesys to acquire her Post-Graduate Diploma, and she is currently pursuing her MBA in the same institution.

Education opens up your mind to possibilities...

“Education opens up your mind to possibilities that were foreign and it offers opportunities to contribute in platforms that only a few have access to,” Pat said.

Juggling parenthood with Pat’s work commitments has created a unique leadership skill. Pat often reflects on the importance of culture as well going beyond the boardroom for inspiration. “Over the years, I’ve learned to look beyond the boardroom and as a parent, I learn every day, I look at the patterns of my children and I see lessons pertinent in business: persistence, vision, planning and strategy.”– Pat Semenya

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