Jacko Maree – Chairman of Council
Jacko Maree is a proud Old Andrean (Upper 1973), is married to a DSG Old Girl and is a past parent of both College and DSG. Jacko holds a BCom (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University, an MA from Oxford University as a St Andrew’s College Rhodes Scholar, and a PMD from Harvard University.
Jacko enjoyed a stellar career in the financial industry, which culminated in his role as the CEO of Standard Bank Group from 1999 to 2013. Jacko also chaired the Liberty Holdings Board from 2015 to 2022, and is still the Deputy Chairman of the Standard Bank Group, a position which he has held since 2016.
Jacko was appointed as one of President Ramaphosa’s Investment Envoys in 2018, tasked to raise R1,2billion to kick-start the country’s economy.
Jacko joined the St Andrew’s College Council in 2012 and was appointed Chairman in 2014. His extensive experience in executive and non-executive roles of large companies has equipped him to understand and deal with the complex trade-offs that are required to ensure College’s viability and long-term sustainability. Jacko has been involved in numerous initiatives at College, and he played a leading role in overseeing and raising over R55 million for the #AcademicExcellence project. Under his chairmanship, College has been well managed financially.
Jacko writes :
The five years I spent at College and the St Andrew’s College Rhodes Scholarship which was subsequently awarded to me, have shaped my life. I have always felt the need to give back to St Andrew’s College, and serving on Council was one of the ways to do so.