TOPIC: The courage to be authentic
Suzanne Ackerman-Berman is Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay, and Social and Ethics Committee Chairman. She graduated from UCT. Whilst a student, she was the first woman to chair the Rag committee, and was elected vice-chair of SHAWCO. After university, Suzanne received training in supermarket delicatessens and fresh food development at a supermarket chain in France. Returning to South Africa, she joined Pick n Pay as a trainee manager in fresh foods. During her seventeen years in the Company, she worked in various positions in the business. In 2001 Suzanne was promoted to General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility. In 2007 she was appointed Director of Transformation on the Group Executive. Suzanne has served as an executive director on the Board since her appointment in March 2010.
Suzanne is a guardian of the Red Cross Hospital Trust, and sits on the board of the SMILE Foundation SA. She is a patron of the Sunflower Fund, and was awarded the Louis Volks Humanitarian Award by the Lions Club and recently, August 2013, was awarded as a Honourary Member of Golden Key International Honour Society. In April 2010, Suzanne graduated as a Fellow of the First Movers Fellowship Programme of the Aspen Business Institute of Management. She co-authored a business book with Raymond Ackerman, “A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel”, dealing with the development of entrepreneurs in South Africa. A passionate proponent of enterprise development, Suzanne has addressed conferences both locally and internationally on the subject. In addition, Suzanne is chairman of the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation, and head of the Pick n Pay Small Business Incubator. She has represented Pick n Pay and South Africa at National Retail Federation conferences in New York, USA and Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Other listed company directorships: Alternate director of Pick n Pay Holdings Limited.