why MD?

The name MD Selection is a fitting coincidence with the initials of the founder, Maha Deeb, whilst at the same time describing the executive and senior level that we operate at.

Maha Deeb - CEO

Maha established MD Selection in 1996. This represented a career move for her towards independence and entrepreneurship. It also created an outlet to address her passion for people and to focus on her skills in resource investigation.

The so-called brain drain was well under way by then and she was determined to make a contribution, however small, to stemming the tide. Her vow from the outset was to keep people in, and bring people back to SA, and not to aid and abet the exodus of talent for the wrong reasons.

Maha holds BA and LLB degrees from Wits University. An admitted attorney, she has also completed the Executive Development Programme through the Wits Business School and the Executive Leadership Network programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

She speaks English, Afrikaans, Arabic and French.

She practiced law at the leading firm, Werksmans, gaining experience in commercial negotiations and transactions, litigation and property law. She subsequently joined The Premier Group where she remained for 15 years. Initially she held the position of Legal Advisor and later Group Commercial Executive where she was involved in international negotiations and transactions, international arbitrations, due diligences, mergers, acquisitions, rights issues, listings and delistings.

In the last few years of her tenure at Premier she moved into general management inter alia holding the position of Group General Manager of United Pharmaceutical Distributors, then Premier's pharmaceutical distribution arm, now a Nu-Clicks subsidiary.

Her professional memberships include the Wits Business School Association and the Businesswomen's Association. Previously she has headed up the selection committee for the Business Woman of the Year Award.

She is a director of SALEAF a non-profit organisation, aimed at advancing the educational aspirations of deserving and underprivileged South African youth of Lebanese origin.

She has been a guest on radio and TV and has addressed conferences on subjects ranging from talent attraction and retention to change management and diversity. She has served as mentor on Gibs' 'Imbokodo' programme aimed at female executives.

She has conducted workshops at leading South African Business Schools in regard to career management.