Natalie Jantjies

3rd April 2020 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Natalie Jantjies

Full Name: Natalie Jantjies

Position: Digital transformation director at Heineken South Africa

Main Activity of the Company: Heineken South Africa sells, markets and distributes beers and ciders on the South African market

Date and Place of Birth: July 12, 1979, Cape Town

Education: BCom (management accounting), University of South Africa; management development diploma, Gordon Institute of Business Science; digital business certificate, IMD

First Job: Lab assistant at F.Hirst & Company

Career History Prior to Current Position: Head of information technology (IT) at Heineken South Africa – 2017 to 2019; portfolio manager, program manager, systems manager and business analyst at South African Breweries – 2009 to 2017; business analyst at British American Tobacco – 2008 to 2009; project accountant, business analyst and procurement manager at Peninsula Beverage Company – 2004 to 2008

Size of First Pay Packet: R10 000 a year, in 1997

First Job with Present Group: Head of IT, in 2017

Value of Assets under Your Control: R150-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 40

Management Style: Outcomes based and value focused

Personal Best Achievement: Being the first woman in my family to graduate from university, while working full-time

Professional Best Achievement: My current position on the executive team of Heineken South Africa and building a team from scratch for this new function

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My husband, Randall Jantjies

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My mentor for many years, Sandeep Seeripat

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Lillian Barnard, MD of Microsoft South Africa

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Jack Ma

Philosophy of Life: ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal’ – Winston Churchill

Biggest Ever Opportunity: I love travelling and have been to 15 African countries over the past five years – we live on an amazing continent

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not having the financial resources to study full-time after matriculating

Hope for the Future: That we get the education system in South Africa functional and effective

Favourite Reading: Harvard Business Review

Favourite TV Programme: Anything narrated by David Attenborough

Favourite Food/Drink: Ice-cold Heineken

Favourite Music: Classics

Favourite Sport: Golf

Favourite Website:

Hobbies: Reading, golf

Car: I do not have one – Uber works wonders

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Loud chewing

Favourite Other South African Company: Capitec Bank

Favourite Foreign Company: Heineken International

Married: To Randall Jantjies, since June 1, 2002

Children: None

Clubs: Bryanston Country Club