NAMIBIA Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has appointed Talita Horn as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as well as Julia Mutumbulua as its new Chief Human Capital Officer (CHC) as from the beginning of May 2018.
In a statement NWR said both executives joined NWR with vast experience within their respective areas of expertise that will significantly benefit the organisation in steering it towards sustainable growth.
The company said Horn will undoubtedly strengthen its executive team with her vast experience being a Charted Accountant and qualified Internal Auditor and having worked in South Africa, United Kingdom and Namibia. On her new role, Horn said that, “I will aim to strengthen and protect the financial condition of the company. I am quite excited to join NWR because my working career has now come full circle, with my first job being in the hotel trade many years ago, followed by me qualifying as a chartered accountant, and now back to the hospitality trade. “I am tremendously excited at the opportunity to contribute to the Namibian economy, by maximising the multiplier effect of the tourism dollars coming into the country. “With the expectation from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and the Ministry of Public Enterprises, that commercial SoEs are driven by business objectives, I cannot wait to develop our talent, and build a stronger support function, so that the team can give tourists what they want – a memorable experience of Namibian hospitality.”
Before joining NWR, Horn was a partner at PwC Namibia responsible for Internal Auditing Services.Another addition to the executive is Mutumbulua who holds a B Comm in Human Resources, and a
B Comm. (Hons) in Industrial Psychology, both obtained from the University of Western Cape. Mutumbulua obtained her talent management competencies over the years through consulting at SoEs across various industries, and in the private sector as a consultant too. She spent seven years of her career in a South African context where she studied and completed her internship in Psychometrics before further spending four years at the coast in various entrepreneurial capacities. Mutumbulua’s last appointment before joining NWR was at PwC as the Recruitment Manager. On her new appointment, she said that, “My focus would be in blending heightened job satisfaction and enhanced productivity in NWR for both the individual and the organisation through focused developmental interventions informed by psychological assessments and competency support, as well as by fostering a work environment where the individuals feel valued and respected regardless of work levels.”
NWR’s Managing Director Zelna Hengari expressed enthusiasm about the new appointments, as they affirm the long-term vision of making NWR a great company to work for and the leading company in Namibia’s tourism sector. Hengari said she was also delighted by the fact that the new executive team members were women of caliber whose presence at the senior level shall contribute to gender equality within the workplace at NWR in particular and the tourism industry in general. She concluded by saying that, “Being able to attract such considerable talent to our executive team is a testimony to the rise of the NWR brand within the marketplace and we are determined to build on the progress we have made.”
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