Vivien McMenamin

Vivien McMenamin

Non-executive Director

Vivien McMenamin is the Chief Executive Officer of Mondi South Africa since September 2017. She joined the Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) board of directors in May 2023.

Academic Qualifications: MSc in Economics from the University of London and Advanced High Performance Leadership Certificate from IMD Switzerland

Skills and experience

Viv has over 20 years’ experience in the pulp and paper industry as part of Mondi. Viv’s roles have included Mondi Group Head of Sustainable Development and Director Land and Forestry, giving her significant sustainability experience and insight. In October 2017, she was appointed CEO of Mondi South Africa.

Viv was instrumental in the establishment of Mondi Zimele, Mondi’s small business development organisation and crafting Mondi’s innovative approach to land reform.

Prior to Mondi, Viv worked in government and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, serving Nelson Mandela as a member of the President’s Task Force on Local Economic Development and as a member of President Thabo Mbeki’s Economic Advisory Panel.

Viv previously served on the boards of SiyaQhubeka Forests, South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), Durban Girls College and Transnet.

Current external appointments

Non-executive director of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited.