Jenitha John

Senior Vice Chairman of the Board
IIA Global
Chief Audit Executive
FirstRand Ltd

Jenitha John is currently the Chief Audit Executive at FirstRand Ltd, the largest bank in South Africa by market cap. The audit team is 316 members strong servicing the Group’s footprint over the African continent, UK Operations and India.

She is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of corporate experience in diverse industries ranging from utilities to telecommunications, healthcare, insurance, motor, information technology and financial services. Her proficiency spans across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.  For the past 15 years, she paralleled her executive role by having served as a non-executive director of both public and private sector entities. Currently, she is a non-executive director on three top 120 listed company boards in South Africa, Tongaat Hulett (agriculture and property development), Nampak (product packaging) and Adcock Ingram (Pharmaceutical). She serves as the Audit Committee Chairman of these companies.

She has been in the internal audit profession for over 22 years and currently serves as Senior Vice Chairman on the Global Board of Directors of the IIA and Global Assembly servicing over 190 000 members worldwide. She also served on the Financial services Guidance Committee, the IPPF relook taskforce and the Committee of Research and Education Advisors.

In 2014, she was recognized as “South Africa’s Internal Auditor of the Year.” She spearheaded Combined Assurance within FirstRand and continues to foster robust risk management, reinforce rigorous internal controls and facilitate effective corporate governance across the Group.

She has addressed multinational conferences (as an executive and as a Board member) across the world on diverse topics ranging from internal audit, corporate governance, risk management, compliance, women in leadership and the impact of AI and robotics on industries, emerging issues in the financial services industry and the value of key performance indicators.

She is also active in many external forums as an ambassador of developing young minds and talent. She actively participates in mentoring circles, panel discussions and networking sessions around the world.


Thursday, 19th -10:10 to 10:50 a.m.

Plenary Session 3 - Adroit Auditing in a Transforming World

  • Internal Auditors today need to be nimble in a D2C4 World. My topic will address how auditors need to reskill, refresh and revitalize methodologies, competencies and tools to remain relevant and reinforce our role to enable organisational success and enhance value whilst business are transforming to accommodate the following:

    • Data & Digital disruption

    • Customer, Competition, Conduct & Compliance


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