Lynne du Toit is CEO of Juta and Company, South Africa’s oldest publishing house and specialist academic and education retailer, and a leading provider of legal and regulatory information and local student textbooks.
Having majored in English and Archaeology at UCT followed by a post-graduate HDE, Lynne initially entered the teaching profession. Drawn to the publishing industry, she was appointed as Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press Southern Africa and subsequently served as Marketing Director and Director for Trade sales. Having experienced the full scope from education to academic to trade publishing, Lynne relocated to London with the Walt Disney Company as Publications Director and subsequently to Paris to assume the role of Global Director for Disney Publishing Worldwide where she was instrumental in Disney’s successful diversification into English Language teaching in Asia.
On returning to South Africa as CEO of Juta in 2006, under her watch Juta has enjoyed sustained double digit growth in turnover and operating profit focusing on the core Academic and Law publishing businesses and retailing while strategically diversifying into training and learning and information solutions. The scholarly UCT Press imprint was also relaunched at her initiave. In 2010 she was awarded her Executive MBA Cum Laude through the GSB at UCT and received the gold medal for outstanding achievement.
Lynne also serves on the board of DALRO and the UCT Alumni Advisory Board.