WBCG’S Johny Smith named Africa's CEO of the year in Logistics sector

November 5, 2014, 2:21pm



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.