Mr Barend Kruger completed his schooling at Heidelberg Hoër Volkskool, and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Pretoria (1980). He served his articles at Peat Marwick Mitchel & Co (KPMG), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (1981) and completed the Advanced Programme in Management at Harvard Business School (1996).
Barend (or Ben as he is fondly called), joined Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank in 1985, and having fulfilled various leadership roles in Corporate and Investment Banking, was appointed as Chief Executive in 2001.
In March 2013, he was appointed as Co-Chief Executive of Standard Bank Group. Mr Kruger currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of ICBC Standard Bank PLC and Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC Board.
On the 31 December 2018, Mr Kruger retired from the Boards of Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, The Standard Bank Group Limited and Stanbic Bank Africa Holdings Limited.
On the 01 June 2018, Mr Kruger was appointed to the JSE Board.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of South Africa and the Institute of Directors. Ben also served on the Board of The International Institute of Finance.