South African fintech, Ukheshe appoints Lee Ziervogel as COO

Ukheshe has appointed its former President of Customer Delivery and Success, Lee Ziervogel as Chief Operating Officer.

South African fintech, Ukheshe appoints Lee Ziervogel as COO
Lee Ziervogel

In today's fast-paced, wealth-driven world where customer service often ends at the point of sale, true business success requires solid, customer-centric ethics.

This is the belief of Lee Ziervogel, the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer at fintech enablement company Ukheshe. "This is especially important for a fintech company like Ukheshe. It’s essential to manage our clients’ journeys with our highly technical products, because if they’re successful, so are we."

“I love being surrounded by an ethically sound team that operates from these solid business principles. One of Ukheshe's core focus areas is enabling financial inclusion, and enriching lives," she said.

Ziervogel’s people-centric approach ensured her success as President of Customer Delivery and Success at Ukheshe before stepping into the role of COO. She explains: "I was leading the part of the organisation that is responsible for ensuring we meet our promises to our clients. This needs to happen from several perspectives – regulatory and compliance, development, legal, marketing, and all the necessary cross-functional units. Delivering on promises to customers lies at the heart of every business success and something I look forward to carrying forward in my new role."

This of course required an end-to-end understanding of the organisation, which put her in the perfect position to take on the role of COO. "My previous role entailed regularly meeting with all the unit heads, unpacking what they did, understanding what their offering was, establishing what they required to implement client solutions, and then putting together a framework that enabled visibility and reporting across all projects. Essentially, it meant looking after the customer journey from developing the ongoing relationship with the client to providing support and processes to ensure their success."

Though she's a qualified chartered accountant, Ziervogel’s background saw her gravitating towards a more people-centric approach. She has worked in multiple industries including financial services, technology and mobile, as well as the public sector and professional services where she led business transformation, and strategy execution, together with solution design and implementation.

"I have an ability to bring together talent. I always joke and say I’m really a talent manager. My focus is on inviting talented people to stand up, solve issues, and make a tangible difference.  And at Ukheshe, I’m delighted every day by people’s smarts and out-of-the-box solutions in this regard."

The COO role will give her the ability to enable such solutions faster, she believes. "I’m most looking forward to having the broad focus that will allow me to unlock value and drive rapid growth. And I am excited to work alongside the Ukheshe founders to drive a dream of enabling embedded finance through a world-class fintech platform."

Recently, Ukheshe collaborated with Paycorp to boost cardless cash withdrawals at Cash Express branded ATMs. Earlier in February 2022, the fintech achieved a Level One Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) rating in South Africa.

B-BBEE is a government policy to advance economic transformation and enhance the economic participation of Black people — African, Coloured and Indian people who are South African citizens — in the South African economy.