DURBAN ICC BOSS STEPS DOWN
By: Mbasa Khwaza
The Chief Executive Officer of the Durban International Convention Centre, Julie-May Ellingson, has resigned after three years at the helm.
Ellingson was appointed in November 2011, having served as acting CEO since April that year.
She did not provide reasons for her departure, other than that she was taking on a “new challenge”.
Ellingson expressed her gratitude to the board and staff for their support.
“I have really enjoyed my time with the Durban ICC and I am proud of everything we, as a team, have achieved over the past three years,” Ellingson said.
“Whilst it has been an honour and a privilege to lead this great organisation, it is now time to move on to a new challenge. I wish the company well and would like to express my gratitude to the Board, Executive Team and staff for their hard work and support over the past three and a half years.
“None of these achievements would have been possible without each and every one of you,” she added.
Durban ICC Chairperson, Mato Madlala said it was sad to lose a person of Ellingson’s calibre, but applauded her contribution over the past three years.
“Julie-May has done an outstanding job during her tenure. Under her leadership, the Durban ICC has achieved not only record profits but also made the highest contribution to economic impact, created the highest number of jobs and substantially increased our BBBEE spend,” Madlala said in a statement on Tuesday.
“During her tenure, she was also responsible for implementing the company’s skills development programmes including the introduction of a graduate programme, numerous social investment projects and the Durban ICC’s ISO certification for environmental responsibility.
“Her influence was also not limited to commercial and economic progress,” added Madlala.
“The major improvements Julie-May has made to the management systems of the Durban ICC will stand the organization in good stead for years to come and we wish Julie-May all the best in her future endeavours.”