WBCG’S JOHNY SMITH NAMED AFRICA’S CEO OF THE YEAR IN LOGISTICS
Mr Johny Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, was named as the continental winner in the sector of Logistics at an awards ceremony hosted by CEO Communications in Johannesburg on 30 October 2014.
CEO Communications, recognises the influence of men and women across a range of sectors through their programmes ‘Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government' and ‘Titans – Building Nations’. Over 11500 nominations from 43 African states were received from across the continent.
A powerhouse of top-‐tier executives gathered at the Gallagher Convention Centre to celebrate Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans – Building Nations. The Gala Dinner was one to remember as the African roadshow was ended off by recognising the Continental Winners in each economic sector. The event was attended by most finalists from across the continent. Regional Winners wererecognised at regional events in South Africa, Mauritius, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Ghana and Cameroon earlier in the year.
The Gala Dinner aimed to give these individuals a chance to be recognised alongside their continental counterparts. With over 600 attendees this was truly the opportune time for Africa to Unite. Hosted by Derek Watts with Entertainment by Yvonne Chaka Chaka added much to an already star-studded event!
Mr Smith received both the Regional and Continental titles for his informed and non‐traditional approach to leadership. In his address, Programme Patron, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele CEO of SAMSA, emphasized that Africa needs more authentic leaders who lead with integrity, credibility and technical competence. Men and women who are able to find solutions to the problems faced by the people of this continent.
African men and women were recognised from 20 sectors across the Continent of Africa.
Mr. Smith has said “This could not come at a more opportune time where Namibia has incorporated into its National Development Plan 4, to develop Namibia as a Logistics Hub for the SADC region. I feel very blessed and honoured to receive this award as recognition for exploring the trade opportunities for other countries via Namibia during the past 8 years at the WBCG.