The Durban ICC has named Nicolette Elia-Beissel, current operations director, as acting chief executive officer to ensure a smooth transition, and to lead the Durban ICC’s executive team while the board considers candidates to take on the position permanently.
The Durban ICC board announced the resignation of Julie-May Ellingson as chief executive officer earlier in the week. She spent more than three years heading up the organisation. Ms Ellingson is expected to remain chief executive for the next two months to assist with the management change-over process, which will conclude by the middle of August.
Ms Elia-Beissel holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Diploma in graphic design in advertising. Her passion for the exhibition industry stems back14 years and she has experience project-managing various shows and pavilions, both locally and internationally. She is passionate about business events and has had the privilege of contributing to the industry as a board member of various industry associations such as SATSA and EXSA.
Mato Madlala, chairperson of Durban ICC, said: “Ms Ellingson 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.”
“Her influence was also not limited to commercial and economic progress. During her tenure, she was 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. The major improvements Ms Ellingson has made to the management systems of the Durban ICC will stand the organisation in good stead for years to come, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”