NaCC appoints Shilongo
The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group announced Shilongo’s appointment this week.
Shilongo said: “To me the new appointment means that we are all called upon to serve our country in whatever capacity deemed feasible. This is not only an opportunity to serve my country but also an honour to make my contribution.”
Shilongo further stated that with the O&L exposure to business reality, he would be able to help NaCC to greatly fulfill its mission in terms of the letter and spirit of the laws under which it was created. He believes the NaCC will make use of the business sector input into its Board deliberations, thereby enabling better informed decisions.
O&L Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme, congratulated Shilongo on his appointment and said: “We are immensely proud of this assignment bestowed upon Gideon Shilongo, being one of us, as this is in line with our purpose ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’, our vision and values as well as our commitment to cultivate talent and leadership development where possible, because of the O&L Group’s belief in leadership potential of every individual. Furthermore, the appointment is testimony of the value of investing in people who are passionate about advancing our country. We are confident that Shilongo will only add value to the NaCC by sharing his insights and knowledge and contributing to the journey of Vision 2030.”
Shilongo added by saying: “As a result, the Group has been investing heavily in various leadership development programs for its workforce from which I have personally also benefited immensely. Given the diverse business portfolio that we have, the various markets in which we operate as well as many global JV partners we have and to which we have been exposed to; I would say that some of us have been privileged in experiencing best business practices that not many Namibians had access to. If this is what one means by cultivating leaders, then certainly this is the case with our Group.”
For people aspiring to serve on company boards he advised that there was nothing wrong for anyone to aspire serving on any company’s board, as long as such person’s interest was driven from a desire to make a positive contribution and nothing else.