OFO No: 112101





Other names for a Director:

  • Alternative Director
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Company Director
  • Deemed (Shadow) Director
  • Executive Director
  • Independent  Non-executive Director
  • Managing Director
  • Managing Director (Enterprise / Organisation)
  • Non-executive Director
  • Senior / Lead Independent Non-executive Director

What is a Director?

A board of directors is a group of elected or appointed people who watch over (babysit) the activities, projects etc of a company. They make sure the company is on track and productive.

A Director does not have to be an employee of that company.

What does a Director do? (as part of the board)

  • chooses a chairperson for the board
  • establishes broad policies, goals and targets
  • selects the chief executive for the company
  • makes sure the chief executive is supported and reviewed
  • ensures that financial resources are available to company
  • makes sure shareholders are kept up to date with company’s performance
  • sets the salaries of the management staff

Are you . . . ?

  • highly skilled and experienced?
  • professional?
  • a person with great business aptitude?
  • analytical?
  • team player?
  • a decision maker?
  • confident?
  • a good communicator?

How do I become a Director?

You would have to be a long time in business, have load of experience and skills.
Once you have proved yourself in the corporate world, you would be invited to join a board of directors.


Qualification in specific occupation

Workplace experience


Workplace experience

Master of Business Administration

  • Rhodes University
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Free State 


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Corporate Services Manager … or … COO

Is becoming a Director the right career choice for me?