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Executive Director Siemens Africa
Rita Nkuhlu is a South African citizen of Xhosa and Cambodian descent. She has a commercial background and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Thames Valley University, London.
She joined Siemens Transportation Systems in 1997 as a project commercial on railway signalling installations such as the Langlaagte and New Canada stations re-signalling projects in Gauteng as well as projects in Botswana and Zimbabwe. From 2000 to 2004 she then joined Siemens AG – Transportation Systems in Germany as part of a collaborating team between UK’s largest rail operator Rail track and Siemens, in what became known as UK’s first “open book” project to successfully re-signal the Dorset Coast line.
Nkuhlu returned to South Africa to take-up a Commercial Manager position at Siemens Enterprise Networks fixed line customer services division. In 2007, she joined the Healthcare Sector to commercially manage the Customer Services after sales support team.
In January 2011 Nkuhlu wanted to gain experience in Siemens’ corporate environment, and joined a world-wide project team in which she represented Siemens Africa. She was tasked with optimising and implementing bundled accounting and controlling processes and activities to better utilise skills and to streamline the accounting organisations within Siemens Africa.
In April 2011, Nkuhlu added the responsibilities of enterprise risk management and internal controls to her portfolio, by becoming Risk and Internal Controls Coordinator for the Southern African region.
Nkuhlu was appointed Executive Director Siemens Southern Africa on 1 April 2012.