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Heymans has a track record that includes more than ten years at Absa where she held key positions including Managing Executive of Retail savings and investments, CFO of retail channels, savings and investments, and National Fleet Manager of Absa Fleet Management. She has also held positions as CFO at Standard Chartered Bank, as CFO at Imperial Financial Services and as CFO and Chief Customer Officer at UBank. She will spend this month working closely with outgoing Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Angela Pillay, who departs at the end of April, to ensure a smooth transition. 

Michael Sassoon, CEO of Sasfin Holdings Limited, explains, “Harriet is an excellent match to achieve our objectives at Sasfin. Her large bank experience, exposure to asset finance, and supporting SMEs at UBank provide us with a diversity of experience that will advance the trajectory we are on. Most importantly, as a purpose-led organisation, we are always searching for those driven to support local businesses and improve our economy. It's a critical ingredient that matters to us.”

Heymans responds, “The relationship model that Sasfin focuses on is what many businesses need because the bigger financial players do not offer this level of attention, agility and solutionist thinking to this segment of the market. Sasfin adds value to customers and is passionate about contributing to society.”

“I have had the privilege of working in operational and financial roles over the last two decades. Observing and engaging with what matters to customers is imperative as it offers extra dimensions to key decisions made. Many local businesses and investors need a higher-touch level of service and accessibility, support and education, and I am specifically excited about how finance can support our businesses to play a role in sustainably delivering those capabilities. 

“My first goal is to make sure that the integration between finance and business is optimised to ensure that we deliver value to all key Sasfin stakeholders. As we continue to streamline processes, we can help our clients grow their businesses and global wealth,” she concludes.

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Elisheva Gilbert
Chief Marketing Officer, Sasfin Holdings Limited