|Governor of the South African Reserve Bank|
November 2009 – November 2014
|Preceded by||Tito Mboweni|
|Succeeded by||Lesetja Kganyago|
10 August 1949 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Alma mater||University of South Africa|
Life and career
Both her parents were anti-apartheid activists and members of the South African Communist Party (SACP). They went into exile in 1969, together with Gill, her two sisters and brother. She completed her degree by correspondence with the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Industrial Psychology in 1976. She joined the SACP and the African National Congress (ANC). In 1970 she began working for the exiled ANC's Department of Information and Publicity (DIP) in London, later becoming the DIP's deputy secretary.
Marcus returned to South Africa in 1990 after the ANC was unbanned. She established the ANC's Information Department in 1990.
Politician and central banker
She was elected a Member of Parliament in 1994 and became Deputy Minister of Finance in the Government of National Unity of Nelson Mandela from 1996 to 1999, serving under Trevor Manuel. In 1999 she became Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank under Tito Mboweni. She held the post for five years but left due to a personality clash with Mboweni.
She then held the Professorship of Leadership and Gender Studies at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, before going into business, initially as chairman of Western Areas mining company and later as non-executive director of Gold Fields. In 2007 she succeeded Danie Cronjé as chair of Absa Group and Absa Bank.
She stepped down at the end of her five-year term in November 2014.
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