Netsai Mangwende was the former U.K. CFO for GroupM U.K., WPP’s media investment group. In her new role, she is responsible for leading the strategy and day-to-day management of GroupM U.K.’s Financial, Commercial and Business Operations Teams.
Netsai has extensive and commendable experience within financial and professional services and a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing large organisations in the U.K.
Previously Head of Finance, Great Britain, at Willis Towers Watson, Netsai worked as Business Partner to the CEO and was responsible for the commercially focussed financial management of GB operations. She has over 15 years’ experience in senior roles at complex multinational organisations including AIG, Royal and Sun Alliance, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the United Kingdom, Bermuda and Southern Africa.
From Zimbabwe, Mangwende qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC before moving to Deloitte in the U.K.
In 2011 she joined AIG as U.K. Head of FP&A before ascending to U.K. Finance Director and subsequently Head of Finance Business Partnering for UK and Europe in 2016. Mangwende then moved to Willis Towers Watson in 2016. Prior to that, between 2006 and 2011, Netsai held Finance Business Partner roles at RSA Insurance Group, working across the Chief Underwriting Office, Sales, Strategy and Distribution and Expense and Cost Management areas.
Netsai has been recognised for her achievements within the U.K. and is listed as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain on the Powerlist, BAME Board Talent Index and EMpower Ethnic Minority Executives. Netsai is also named as one of the 100 Women to Watch by Cranfield University and was accorded Women in the City’s Highly Commended Award.
Throughout her career, Netsai has been a strong advocate for education, continuous learning, and inclusion across the sector. She is a Trustee Board member of the Lloyd’s Tercentenary Research Foundation, a Council member of the Insurance Institute of London, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers “WCI” and most recently fundraised to support African Science Academy in Ghana and also fundraised to rebuild Mayezane Primary School in rural Zimbabwe helping to keep 214 children in school.