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Johny jumps from Walvis Bay Corridor Group to TransNamib

Johny jumps from Walvis Bay Corridor Group to TransNamib

After 11 years as Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), Johny Smith last week bade farewell to the Corridor Group and joined, national rail operator, TransNamib as the new Chief Executive Officer.

The TransNamib Board of Directors this week officially announced that they have appointed Mr Smith as the new CEO and he took office on 1 February.

According to the board announcement, Smith holds a B Comm degree and a Masters in Business Administration, thus, well suited for the position with more than 25 years commercial experience in the fields of telecommunications, land and sea transportation.

After a thorough and rigorous search process we are delighted that Johny Smith has agreed to join TransNamib as its CEO. He has excellent business experience and the drive to help us take TransNamib to the next level of growth and development. We look forward to working with him and the Executive Team in transforming the Company and building a railway network fit for the future,” said Chairman of the Board, Paul Smit.

In terms of leadership roles, he serves as the Chairperson for the Alliance for Corridor Management in Africa, Chairperson of Telecom Namibia and Commissioner of the National Planning Commission. Prior to joining TransNamib, Smith was the Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, which constitutes a Public Private Partnership (PPP) of transport and logistics stakeholders

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group Chairman meanwhile said, Smith will continue to play a significant role in the development of the Corridor Group by virtue of his new role.

According to the Chairmain, Clive Smith, the current Project Manager: Logistics Hub has been appointed as Acting CEO until the Board of Directors appoints a substantial CEO. He has 20 years of commercial and management experience having previously held various developmental and management roles in the Banking, Fishing, Transport and Logistics sectors.

Clive Smith is currently serving on the Board of Roads Authority as well as the Namibia Trade Forum. He additionally is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Logistics Master Plan, the Technical Committee of the National Single Window Project and was the Deputy Chair for the Transport Thematic Working Group responsible for the development of the current National Development Plan 5.

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