Terence Makari has just walked into a bees’ nest. Four days before the opening of the new Strand Hotel in Swakopmund, the hotel’s owner and operator, Ohlthaver & List Leisure, announced the appointment of its new Managing Director, Makari. The new hotel is the flagship of O&L Leisure.
Makari has taken over the reins from international hotelier and industry veteran, Bruce Hutchison who retired at the end of August.
Makari became part of the O&L family in 2001 when he was appointed as Manager: Human Resources for Pick n Pay Namibia – a position that was broadened with time to incorporate other Retail businesses at the time, such as Windhoek Schlachterei; Lumber City; Kraatz Steel, and Rieck Joinery. Five years later, he joined Hangana Seafood in August 2006 as Human Capital Manager for a period of two years. This was followed by his appointment as Human Capital Manager for Namibia Breweries Limited in July 2008, a position he held until his recent appointment as Deputy Managing Director of O&L Leisure.