Rhian Capostagno

Rhian Capostagno, a partner at Partners in Performance

Rhian Capostagno, a partner at Partners in Performance

19th April 2024

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Full Name: Rhian Celia Capostagno

Position and Company: Partner at Partners in Performance

Main Activity of the Company: Partners in Performance is a firm of management consultants

Date and Place of Birth: January 24, 1967, Wales

Schools and Tertiary Education: Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls; BScChem, University of Wales, Swansea

First Job: Pharmaceuticals sales representative

Career Path to Date: I was a sales rep in the UK from 1989 to 1991 and my first job in South Africa, from 1991 to 1996, was as a product manager. I then became a partner and shareholder in Gemini Consulting, from 1996 to 2002, and an independent consultant from 2002 to 2019, when I joined Partners in Performance

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated

Number of People under Your Leadership: As part of the Africa practice leadership, we grow and unleash potential in about 70 people

Management Style: I lead from the front – I never ask someone to do something I have not attempted

Personal Best Achievement: Double international sportswoman for my country, Wales

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Me

Person You Would Like to Meet: Elon Musk

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: John Kearney, former CEO of Pfizer South Africa

Philosophy of Life: Not Stated

Biggest Ever Opportunity: An opportunity to move to South Africa, as a relatively fresh graduate, on a two-year contract during probably the most unpredictable time in recent South African history – 1990 to 1991

Hope for the Future: On a country level, that South Africa delivers; on a work level, to make director before I retire; on a personal level, to see my daughter achieve her dreams and live a safe and happy life; and, healthwise, to be fit enough in my retirement to gad about the world judging International Federation for Equestrian Sports eventing shows

Favourite Reading: The Sunday Times newspaper. I have a personal challenge to complete the Samurai Sudoku during my 50-minute flight to work each Monday

Favourite TV Programme: All Creatures Great and Small, Father Brown and Strictly Come Dancing – none of them needs any brain power

Favourite Food and Drink: Rare fillet steak and avocado; Blue & Blue (Bombay Sapphire gin with tonic)

Favourite Music: Whatever has been loaded on Spotify for me

Favourite Hobbies: My farm and horses

Car: 1974 Jaguar E-type drophead, British racing green with black leather interior and chrome trim

Favourite Sport: Rugby

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Pasta (hard since married to a cooking Silician!), any food with less than substantial texture, and rusks

Clubs: Welsh Rugby Union Past Internationals Club

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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