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Siza Mzimela

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Siza Mzimela

Director of the International Air Transport Assoc


Siza Mzimela is a Director of the International Air Transport Association. She was the first female Chief Executive Officer of South African Airways (SAA), appointed in February 2010. Mzimela is the first woman to be appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s board of directors in 67 years. She was previously CEO of South African Express Airway (SAX). Mzimela's first job was in the small business and retail division of Standard Bank in 1991. Three years later she joined Total SA as a Corporate Planning Analyst responsible for managing capital projects, before joining SA Airways (SAA) in 1996 as a research analyst. After various promotions at SAA, Mzimela was appointed Executive Vice-President of global passenger services in 2001, later taking on responsibility for global sales and the airline's Voyager programme. She is also a board member of SA Tourism and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. In 2002, she was a finalist in the Nedbank Businesswoman of the Year Award.


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Independent Non-Executive Director | ANSYS LIMITED

Building, Construction and Engineering


Previous Position(s)

Chief Executive Officer | South African Airways (Pty) Ltd
South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality


Chief Executive Officer | South African Express Airways
South Africa | 2003 - 2010

Executive Vice-President | Global Sales and Voyager | South African Airways (Pty) Ltd
South Africa | 2002 - 2003

Executive Vice-President | Global Passenger Services | South African Airways (Pty) Ltd
South Africa | 2001 - 2002


Corporate Planning Analyst | Total South Africa
South Africa | 1994 - 1996

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University of Swaziland

Bachelor of Arts

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Nedbank Businesswoman of the Year Award | 2002

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