Mark Lamberti urges ‘sensitivity and humility’ in redressing the past
Lamberti also apologises to staff for the difficulties related to Adila Chowan and race controversy
Imperial Holdings CEO Mark Lamberti, who stepped down on Wednesday after being embroiled in a racial controversy with a woman staff member, has urged business leaders to redress the past "with sensitivity and humility". In a letter that went out on the same day, Lamberti also apologised to staff for the difficulties they had endured over the past few weeks and thanked them for their commitment to excellence. He apologised separately to the employee, Adila Chowan, who won a civil case of discrimination against him, when the High Court in Johannesburg found that he had "impaired her dignity". Lamberti will step down on April 30 and will be succeeded by former group chief financial officer Osman Arbee on May 1. Arbee is now CEO of Motus, one of the group’s two divisions, a role which he will still hold. Chowan was fired in September 2015 after she laid a grievance against Lamberti, whom she said had referred to her as "an employment equity candidate" and had denied her the promotion op...