Embattled business leader Mark Lamberti has resigned from the Board of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), it was announced, Monday.
This was the latest humiliation for the man, who recently also resigned from the Eskom Board.
It followed an insensitive and stupid remark, in which he referred to an employee of a subsidiary of the Imperial Group, of which he is still CEO, as a female employment equity appointee. He also turned her down for a promotion.
“BLSA members are committed to playing their part in creating a South Africa of increasing prosperity for all and to delivering economic growth, transformation and inclusion, amongst others, by encouraging and empowering senior black leadership,” said Jabu Mabuza, BLSA Chairman.
“Against this context, and following the recent High Court judgment on the merits in favour of Ms Adila Chowan (who had been insulted by Lamberti) and against Associated Motor Holdings, Imperial Holdings and himself, the BLSA Board appreciates Mr Lamberti’s apology.
“BLSA also appreciates the commitment provided by Mr Lamberti and the Imperial Board to accelerate the Imperial Group’s transformation initiatives of recent years.
“BLSA knows that its members will take from this moment important lessons on how better to manage the transformation so critical to the future of this country.
“Mr Lamberti is the BLSA’s longest serving director and has a strong track record of contribution both to the various businesses he has led and to the country. The BLSA Board thanks Mr Lamberti for the years of guidance and his service to BLSA.”