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Joanna Bown

Executive Coach

English, Afrikaans, Italian


Joanna is an experienced senior consultant and a long-standing Oxford Group coach; she resides in London, UK and coaches for across multinational industries. She has good cultural and global life experience, which adds as a differentiator in her coaching.

Business background

Joanna is an experienced business and executive coach, she has been coaching for 16 years. Prior to this, Joanna was a Senior Vice President and Corporate Banker with Citigroup in South Africa for ten years, where after she also oversaw Citibank’s CEEMEA region for regional multinational business from Brussels and London, covering 16 global multinational industries (IT, Telecom, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Branded Consumer) across 38 countries, for some months. This previous experience as a Senior VP in global international banking allows her to understand key issues in the corporate world and how they relate to clients’ business environments and organizational objectives. Prior to Citigroup, Joanna was in sales and marketing for a number of years, which today informs her networking and global connector skills.

Joanna has a successful track record working and living in South Africa; Milan, Italy; and now in London, UK, coaching senior leaders and managers to measurably improve their business results, via one on one executive, team and group coaching. She coaches in the banking, financial, auditing, insurance, manufacturing and retail sectors, focusing on transformational and culture change, organizational development and coaching leaders towards obtaining deliverable results.

Joanna brings both a challenging and supportive approach, linked to a path towards purpose and meaning, to her client’s coaching process, and complies with the global ICF code of ethics.

Areas of expertise

Business, leadership and transition coaching linked to the client’s organizational objectives, to embody leadership and sustainable behaviour change.

Transition and culture change coaching; senior manager to leadership coaching; women in leadership coaching; career exit coaching; leadership development coaching.

Organizational transformation, strategy and culture change, facilitation of coaching skills

Education and professional memberships

Master level Integral Coach trained with USA New Ventures West and the University Of Cape Town, SA, Centre for Coaching, including six Mastery modules.

Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) with over 2500 hours of coaching.

Advanced Enneagram assessment, MBTI Level 1 assessment, and Hogan assessment practitioner.

Systemic Constellations used to clarify business outcomes, both one on one and with leadership teams (Advanced).

Somatic (body) intelligence coaching work, via Leadership Embodiment, levels 1 & 2 Member of ICF global, ICF UK and NVW, USA Centre for Coaching: ACC & PCC mentor

Coaching achievements

Coach to a Regional CEO managing 54 countries in the global Telecoms and Communications industry. Coaching focused on regional leadership development, building a network and growing the multinational business across the continent. Results included building strong teams in Adis Ababa and Lagos, assisting the client obtain a Leadership promotion in the EMEA region.

Coach to the CIO and Head of SAP for a large retail chain. Coaching focused on strategy, implementation and managing a supply chain, leadership development and managing a challenging implementation. Results included promotion to a leadership role of a large team and improved relationships between the retail group and SAP provider.

Coach to an Executive Director in a global Mining house. Coaching focused on developing a regional business strategy, leadership development and resulted in a successful project implementation and career promotion.

Coach to the Compliance Head for an international bank. Coaching focussed on stepping up the leadership role and managing complexity; as well as developing a strategic focus with large teams to embed a compliance culture across divisions. Results included a high functioning compliance team and promotion to an Exco position.

Coach to a senior Financial Audit & Risk Partner in an international Consulting group. Coaching focussed on growing leadership behaviour, team development & delegation, outsourcing, conflict handling and country role development. Results included client being promoted to a global role

Coach to a global IT Implementations Sales Head with client travelling globally and virtual coaching via skype.

Coaching focussed on regional leadership behaviour, creating large regional functional teams, and assisting to grow the EMEA business. Results included a promotion, streamlined regional team setups and a step up in EMEA revenues.

Coaching Industry experience in Corporate and Investment Banking, Finance and Audit, Mining, IT, Manufacturing, Engineering, Retail, Pharmaceutical and Telecommunications.

Recent clients

Anglo American, Barclays, Deloitte, EBRD, Luxottica, Mercer, Rabobank, SAP, Adidas, Bombardier, Canon, Sanofi, EasyJet, Astra Zeneca