Cheryl Carolus is Executive Chairperson of Peotona Group Holdings. She was appointed Chairperson of the Board of South African Airways (2009) and serves on a number of listed and unlisted companies. She also works with NGO’s around young people at risk, conservation and conflict prevention.
She has held senior leadership positions in the liberation movement in South Africa and in the African National Congress since its unbanning in 1990 - 1997. She served as Deputy Secretary General under Nelson Mandela in the ANC. She was part of the ANC’s teams that negotiated the new Constitution and she coordinated the drafting of ANC policy for post apartheid South Africa. She served as South Africa’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (1998 – 2001). She was the CEO of SA Tourism 2001 – 2004. She was Chairperson of South African National Parks board for six years and currently serves on the boards of WWF SA and WWF International and International Crisis Group.
She has qualifications in law and education - (BA Law) and (BA Education).