TransNamib executives suspended due to poor marketing performance

31 May 2017 06:20am
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) – The TransNamib Board of Directors has said it suspended two executives because the marketing department is under-performing and there is a need to realign the business towards improving performance and customer satisfaction.
A media statement on Tuesday said the department’s poor performance came after the manager in the business development and marketing department resigned.
Executive of strategy and stakeholder management, Hippy Tjivikua and property executive Struggle Ihuhua were on Monday suspended from active duty and are prohibited from entering TransNamib premises without the written and expressed permission of the Board.
An internal memo informing staff of the executives’ suspension on Monday explained that the action was enforced for the company to conduct an investigation into allegations levelled against Tjivikua and Ihuhua.
“As a result and in consultation with the Executive team, the Board resolved that Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Feldmann - who has marketing expertise - take up the Acting position as Executive Commercial and Marketing,” reads the statement, adding Feldmann on Monday offered to resign as acting CEO to take up that position.
The Board further decided to rotate the Acting CEO position amongst the Executives on a monthly basis pending the appointment of the substantive CEO, something that according to the statement is 80 per cent completed.
The statement went on to say the positions of the suspended executives shall remain vacant until the investigation process, envisaged to not take more than two weeks, is complete.
The national railway utility has over the past years been making headlines over suspending a CEO accused of various irregularities, sacking other staff and being under consideration for liquidation as a public enterprise to streamline operations.
The Board in the statement elaborated on the “streamlining of operations”.
“The board aims to rightsize the company via voluntary early exits and voluntary early retirement as the first two options. Whilst retrenchment of employees cannot be ruled out, such retrenchment shall be undertaken as a last resort and in compliance with the law.”