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South African banker Sim Tshabalala earns $2.8-million salary from Standard Bank in 2022

by Mfonobong Nsehe
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South African banker Sim Tshabalala, the CEO of Standard Bank Group, Africa’s biggest lender by assets and one of the continent’s most valuable financial services groups, received a total compensation of R53.9 million ($2.88 million) from the leading lender in 2022 due to his pivotal role in the group’s financial performance.

The total compensation for 2022 exceeded the previous year’s total reward of R48.59 million ($2.61 million) by an impressive 10.9 percent. This increase comes against the backdrop of the group’s robust financial performance in 2021, with total income reaching R156.9 billion ($8.41 billion) and earnings of R39.38 billion ($2.11 billion).

Tshabalala’s 2022 compensation package comprises a base salary of R10.5 million ($553,130) and a performance-based short-term incentive of R8.65 million ($455,674) derived from the bank’s exceptional performance during the fiscal year.

He also received a long-term incentive award of R10.65 million ($571,397) from the lender to acknowledge his unwavering dedication to the group and his wealth of expertise as a seasoned professional.

Simpiwe Kenneth Tshabalala (Sim Tshabalala) is a name that resonates throughout the corridors of Standard Bank Group, a financial giant that has cemented its position as Africa’s largest banking group by assets. Tshabalala has effectively held the reins as CEO and executive director of Standard Bank Group since his appointment in 2017.

The South African multimillionaire banker and executive, who also occupies a position on Standard Bank Group’s board, initially joined the lender’s project finance division in 2000, prior to his appointment as managing director of Stanbic Africa between 2001 and 2006.

His ascent to the CEO role in Sept. 2017 came after four years as group deputy CEO of Standard Bank Group, a position he assumed in 2009. His tenure was marked by the group’s attainment of numerous milestones.

Since assuming the mantle of CEO, Sim Tshabalala has led Standard Bank Group to impressive financial milestones, with the group’s headline earnings soaring by 37 percent from R25.02 billion ($1.7 billion) in 2021 to R34.2 billion ($1.83 billion) in the fiscal year 2022.

The lender’s total assets have consistently expanded in recent times, swelling from R2.7 trillion ($144.5 billion) in 2021 to R3.0 trillion ($160.6 billion) in the closing year of 2022.

Apart from his executive and governance roles, Sim Tshabalala owns a minority 0.031-percent stake in the leading lender, which translates to a total of 511,200 shares—a stake presently valued at nearly $5.3 million.

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