Sylvia Chahonyo

Job Description: 
Country Manager
South Africa and General Manager, Moodys
Sylvia Chahonyo is Country Manager, South Africa and General Manager, Moody’s Investors Service South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Sylvia will be instrumental in delivering Moody’s Africa strategy in 2015 and beyond and will help advance Moody’s continued expansion in the African market. Our extensive investment in this region has resulted in significant growth over the last three years: Moody’s now has 111 credit ratings across Africa, comprising 67 global scale ratings and 44 national scale ratings.
Sylvia is driving Moody's increased focus on customer service, relationship building and business development across Africa; our immediate priorities are related to significant opportunities in the sub-Saharan region. In her role as General Manager, Sylvia will oversee Moody’s South Africa operations and be responsible for directing and coordinating the company’s business as well as the regulatory and key client relationships in the region.
A lawyer by training, Sylvia has 13 years’ experience in corporate and investment banking with the Standard Bank Group, where she was most recently responsible for structuring, executing and originating DCM transactions in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, Sylvia worked in Standard Bank's global markets team and for Stanbic Kenya (now CFC Stanbic), where she headed the legal, compliance, credit support and corporate governance departments.
Sylvia was also the first Kenyan to participate in the Clipper Round the World and Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races. She has an LLB (Hons) from the University of East Anglia and is admitted as an advocate in the High Court of Kenya.