As a highly skilled, seasoned retail specialist and entrepreneur, Marianka has extensive experience in new retail developments and existing shopping centre management, including a wealth of strategic and operations know-how. After completing a Bcom in Communications from the Vega School of Brand Communications, Marianka started her career as Leasing Manager at Finlay and Associates in 2009, where she was responsible for major clients. She then joined Investec Property Fund as Senior Portfolio Manager, and was involved several refurbishments and new developments, in addition to managing organisations existing retail portfolio. Marianka then served as Retail Executive at Abreal for the listed fund, Pivotal. In 2015, she was appointed as Managing Director of Finlay Mall Leasing. She has since purchased the company which has enabled her to implement her vision within the retail industry. During her time as Managing Director at Finlay Mall Leasing, she also launched the Ancora Internship Program which has exceeded all expectations with the company now employing several of the graduates as permanent staff. Currently Marianka is working on the Ancora Group Foundation which is aimed at assisting south Africa’s youth with support and mentorship to reach their full potential, as well as instilling awareness with SME’s throughout South Africa regarding the benefits of educating the youth.
Marianka was honoured with the industry’s coveted Young Achiever Award for the Gauteng regional area. She was a Finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women awards 2017 when she was nominated for Top Women in Property category. Ancora Property Group won the 2018 Standard Bank Top Women Awards for Top Gender Empowered Company in Retail and was the Finalist for the Gender Mainstream Awards in the category for Women Empowerment in the workplace.