It is with sadness that we at the South African Association for the Conference Industry must announce the resignation of the Chairperson of the Association, Zelda Coetzee.
Ms Coetzee has been part of SAACI during some of the organisation’s greatest moments and achievements, overseeing much that we have achieved and being responsible for many of our successes in recent years.
Running her own business ventures, which require her full dedication, while also raising her family. For this reason, SAACI chief executive officer Adriaan Liebetrau says: “I do believe our family must always be our first priority, and we respect Zelda’s decision to step down as chairman of our Association to focus on her business and family life.
“Zelda will remain on the board as immediate past chairperson until December 2016. Our current vice-chairman Wayne Johnson will step in as acting chairman until our next board meeting takes place during Meetings Africa in February 2016 when the board will decide on a way forward.
“Please join me in wishing both Zelda and Wayne well for the year ahead. We wish to thank Zelda for being the vision behind our Strategic Business plan and many other new innovations our members are now accustomed to.”
Zelda has assured the members of SAACI that while she will step down as chair with immediate effect, she is still committed to the Association and the industry at large and will remain available as immediate past chair.
Wayne Johnson, acting chair, says: “SAACI has always been a passion of mine and I am ready and committed to stepping into the role of acting chairperson of the Association. With the support of the Exco, Board, Committees and members, I am confident that the transition will be smooth and we will continue to drive the strategy in promoting the benefits and value of being a member.” We look forward to having Mr Johnson’s expertise at the helm of SAACI’s board.
“We wish Ms Coetzee well with her endeavours, and that she may be prosperous with her children Christopher and Annabelle. She will be marrying her fiancée Willem, in April; her business ventures will allow her to dedicate more time to her family in line with her wishes. It has been an honour to have Zelda with SAACI in various leadership positions since the start of her business tourism career. We extend our greatest thanks to her for her service, and we will continue to build on her legacy as the leader of one of the most rapidly-developing and successful organisations in the South African business tourism industry.