Company Profile : Profile: Anne Pratt

Profile: Anne Pratt

Anne Pratt is a multi-awarded business woman and Managing Executive of one of South Africa’s leading executive search companies, Memela Pratt & Associates.

Ms Pratt holds a Social Science degree from Natal University (Economics, Industrial Psychology), an Honours degree in Psychology and an MBA degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. During her MBA she won the Nedcor award for the full-time student who made the most outstanding contribution to business. In 2014 she obtained an updated certification in Board Directorship, through GIBS, University of Pretoria Business School.
In 2015 she won Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards (Business and Professional Services Category) - for Africa, SADC, and  South Africa. In 2014 and 2011 she won the same award for South Africa. In 2009 Ms Pratt was a finalist and runner up for the BWA Necor South Africa's Business Woman of the Year Award (Entrepreneur Category). In 2003 Ms Pratt won the BWA Nedcor Gauteng Regional Achiever awards. In 2004, 2007 and 2009 she was nominated for the Top Women in Business and Government Awards in the Entrepreneur category.
She is a member of the Black Management forum, the Business Women’s Association, the Institute of Directors and participates regularly in leading business school panel discussions, guest lectures and at leading conferences. Ms Pratt is a member of the International Women’s Forum advancing women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. 

Anne Pratt began her career in consumer marketing in 1983 with Lever Brothers, Unilever, as part of its graduate recruitment programme. During this time, she also lectured at Natal University, Durban, in Consumer Psychology.

She joined major advertising agency McCann Advertising in 1988 where she was Client Service Director of the retail agency. Following her MBA, Ms Pratt was Marketing Executive and sat on the Management Board of one of the Altron companies, a major JSE listed company.

In 1995 Ms Pratt was a founding member of Woodburn Management Selection (Pty) Ltd and in 1998 formed Anne Pratt & Nyasulu (Pty) Ltd which became Anne Pratt & Associates at the beginning of 2001. In 2005 Totsie Memela became a 51% majority shareholder of Memela Pratt & Associates. Anne is Managing Executive of Memela Pratt & Associates (Pty) Ltd.
The executive recruitment company was featured in the “Best Companies to work for” in 2003. PMR Intelligence’s updated survey in 2004, rated the company in the category Top Management as the winner of the prestigious Golden Arrow Award. Memela Pratt & Associates is positioned as a premium, top rated executive search company in South Africa. 
Ms Pratt has developed an impressive track record in executive search and management selection for Senior Executive and Non Executive Board positions, across a wide range of disciplines and companies, working across borders in South Africa, Africa and globally.

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