Mark Lamberti | Business Leadership South Africa



Director: BLSA
Q: What role do you think business can play in building a prosperous SA for all? 

A: “Run, and be seen to run, innovative, ethical, racially-transformed, world-class businesses that create (or at worst, maintain) employment in a slow growth economy.”

Since 1 March 2014 Mark Lamberti (66) has been the chief executive officer of Imperial Holdings Limited, a South African-based international group of logistics and automotive companies, which employ over 51 000 people in 35 countries mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Kingdom and Europe. With revenues of R119b and pre-tax profits of R4.4b the Group ranks among the largest companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

From in 2008 he assumed his current role at Imperial, Lamberti was chief executive officer and a major shareholder of Transaction Capital Limited, a non-deposit taking financial services group which was listed on the JSE in June 2012.

On the 10th April 2014, Lamberti resigned as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Massmart Holdings Limited, a position he assumed on 1 July 2007 after serving for almost 19 years as founder, architect, chief executive and the largest private shareholder of this R72b-sales per annum, 37 000-employee wholesale and retail group, which was listed on the JSE on 4 July 2000. In June 2011, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, acquired a 51% controlling interest in Massmart at an enterprise value of R34b and invited Lamberti to retain his position as non-executive chairman.

Lamberti’s interest in education has led to his involvement as a benefactor, director, advisor or lecturer to a number of educational institutions including the Wits Business School where he is an honorary adjunct professor of Business Administration. He is currently a trustee and executive committee member of the National Education Collaborative Trust, which is a government, business, labour and civil society initiative in support of South Africa’s National Development Plan and Education Sector Plan.

Lamberti’s achievements have been widely acknowledged throughout his career, most notably in 2001 as the winner of the Ernst & Young South Africa’s Best Entrepreneur Award.

He holds a BCom, MBA, PPL, CD (SA).