Isuzu Motors South Africa appoints Penelope Jabulile Mkhwanazi as Senior Vice President

SOUTH AFRICAIsuzu Motors South Africa has appointed Penelope (Penny) Jabulile Mkhwanazi as the Senior Vice President for Revenue Generation Rest of Africa and International Markets.

In her new role, Penny is responsible for all revenue generation in the Rest of Africa markets, including Sales and Aftersales.

Penny joins Isuzu from Isanti where she held the role of Chief Executive Officer. Her impressive work experience spans over 20 years in various industries such as manufacturing, mining, construction, fast-moving consumer goods, and entrepreneurship.

President and CEO of IMSAf Billy Tom, says the Isuzu leadership is delighted to welcome Penny on board.

“Her vision for the business and extensive experience across the various sectors make her ideally suited to lead and build the long-term growth and sustainability of IMSAf in African markets,” said Billy Tom.

Some of Penny’s previous leadership roles include Executive Head Customer Fulfilment for Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa, Country Manager and Director for Zambia Barloworld Equipment, and General Manager Free State Lesotho.

“I join Isuzu at a very exciting and transformative time where our call to action is that of breakthrough and growth,” Penny said.

“The rest of Africa markets are our greatest opportunity to fulfil this call to action. I am humbled to be part of this journey and confident that the Isuzu team will relentlessly, and with passion, answer this call to action.”

She obtained a BSc (Biochemistry and Microbiology) qualification from Wits University in 2002 and completed a Management Development Programme from the Cyril Ramaphosa World of Learning in 2003.

She went on to achieve a brewing qualification from the Institute and Guild of Brewing of London in 2003 and later achieved a Master Brewer Diploma from the same institution in 2006.

Isuzu Motors South Africa has invested R580 million (US$35.98m) to support component localisation. This investment includes the provision of the supplier tooling needed to manufacture specific components in preparation for the recently launched all-new seventh-generation D-Max bakkie, Briefly News reports.

This has been a four-year journey for the Japanese company and one they have travelled together with their local suppliers, as they embarked on a new sourcing strategy at the beginning of 2018.

The process included classifying local suppliers that had the technical capability to manufacture a list of the brand’s components required for the new bakkie.

Localisation is the process where an increased percentage of the parts and costs of a motor vehicle is either assembled or manufactured in South Africa rather than imported.

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