Property icon Pam Golding, founder and life president of the Pam Golding Property group, has been honoured by being presented with the award for the property category in the CEO Magazine's Most Influential Women in Business & Government Awards 2008.
A positive role model for women and for young South African entrepreneurs, Golding launched her career over 40 years ago from initially a hobby into a fully-fledged and highly successful global business. Over the years she has been honoured for her leadership skills and personal achievements with an impressive array of national and international awards - presented by her peers and the business sector.
The nomination process for the CEO awards began early in the year and calls were made for nominations in the 23 sectors, as outlined by the Department of Trade and Industry. While some categories did not receive nominations, the calibre of nominations received in the other categories was of a very high standard and in total winners were awarded in 17 of the categories.
Tina Thomson, former CEO of the Businesswomen's Association of South Africa and currently MD of Epiphany Leadership Training and Coaching, chaired the judging panel, which also included Vincent Maphai, Chairman of BHP Billiton, Russell Loubser, CEO of the JSE, Professor Stella Nkomo of UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership and Yvonne Finch, CEO of Yvonne Finch Consulting.
Nominees were required to give evidence of their impact in five areas, namely people skills, including developing people; promoting world class performance and best practice; ensuring profitability and sustainability; promoting sector or industry interests; and corporate social investment.