Until recently Mngadi was chief executive for Africa of Cendant Vacation Network Group, a division of the New York Stock Exchange-listed Cendant Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.
l He is a senior partner in a boutique investment house with interests in leisure property development, telecommunications and fast-moving consumer goods sectors;
l He is also co-founder of Mowana Five-Mile Communications, which the media recently presented as a frontrunner in a bid to acquire 7,5 percent of Vodacom South Africa (valued at R7,5 billion);
l He was vice-president and director of Coca-Cola Southern Africa from 1996 to 1999 when he was promoted to the company's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US. In the US he assumed the role of vice-president for business strategy and planning of the soft drink giant's worldwide public policy and communications division;
l In 2002 global Coca-Cola veteran and then Coca-Cola Africa president Carl Ware lauded him in US publications as "one of our best strategic minds";
l He is credited with leading the design and implementation of Coca-Cola's breakthrough strategies which repositioned the company for growth in southern Africa;
l In the US, part of his portfolio included strategic oversight for sponsorship contracts of the winter and summer Olympic Games, Fifa World Cup and CAF Africa Cup of Nations of which the multinational company was a major sponsor.
l He was one of the corporate leaders the South African government turned to to raise financial and material support to help Mali host the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 2002;
l Upon repatriating to South Africa in October 2003, he joined Cell C as its chief corporate and strategy officer, responsible for seven departments: strategy and business planning, business development, corporate communications, regulatory affairs and carrier relations, human resources, legal and business processes management; and
l An international relations alumnus from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, he was an award-winning editor before joining the corporate world in 1995.
l He is highly regarded in the private sector and has credibility with the government and civil society.