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Jacko Maree honoured at ABSIP event

Former Standard Bank CEO is the first white person to be recognised by ABSIP for aiding transformation.

Former Standard Bank CEO Jacko Maree was the first white person to be recognised by ABSIP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) honoured former Standard Bank CEO Jacko Maree for transformational leadership in the financial services sector at a recognition dinner on Thursday.

Maree spoke to 567 CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702's Bruce Whitefield on Thursday night about his reaction to the recognition.

Maree said he was surprised to get recognition but was touched by the award.

"Last night was one of the most heart-warming experiences of my career."

The former Standard Bank CEO was the first white person to be recognised by ABSIP as making a big impact on the transformation of the South African economy.

Maree went through a segregated education and segregated work environment, but during the early 90s and realised people need to change along with the changing South Africa at the time.

"I've always believed in identifying bright young people in organisations and giving them the opportunities early, we need good quality people coming from universities so that their talent can be nurtured."

Maree added there were issues that had to be righted from the past long before there were laws such as BEE.

Maree said he was swept away by the whole event.

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