Shaanika steps down as Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive
After serving as Chief Executive Officer at the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) for more than half of its existence, Tarah Shaanika left the position at the end of September.
According to the President of the NCCI, Sven Thieme, Shaanika decided to leave his position of fourteen years and nine months of his own will after which an agreement was reached with the Board of Directors that September 2017 would be his last month as CEO.
“On behalf of the Board, the Secretariat and the entire membership of the Chamber, I wish to express our deepest appreciation and sincere thanks to Tarah for the selfless and impressive contributions which he has made to the growth and vibrancy of the NCCI. We value his unquestionable dedication to and passion for the work of the Chamber and the development of the Namibian economy in general,” Thieme said.
“While the Board of Directors reluctantly granted him his wish to leave the NCCI Secretariat to pursue other interests, we are happy that he has undertaken to continue making his contributions to the work of the Chamber and support the Secretariat and the Board in many other ways. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” Thieme added.
Although the departure of the current CEO has been known to us for some time, Thieme said that the Board has not been able to appoint a replacement before the end of September 2017 when the position became vacant. “This was due to several considerations, which the Board is still seized with,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Manager for Member Services, Charity Mwiya has been effectively appointed as the acting Chief Executive Officer pending the appointment of a ‘substantive’ CEO. Mwiya has worked at the NCCI Secretariat for a long time and as part of her responsibilities, she also worked as Company Secretary.
“The Board has confidence in her leadership abilities and we believe that she will provide strong leadership to the Secretariat in order for NCCI to continue delivering relevant services to members. The Board undertakes to support her and the entire team at the Secretariat both at Head Office and in all our branches,” Thieme stated.
“I trust that our members and stakeholders will embrace the leadership transition that is currently taking place at the NCCI Secretariat and that they will all individually and collectively provide their usual support to the NCCI,” he concluded.