Mark Wernich, cluster general manager for Taj Cape Town and Taj Pamodzi Lusaka has been named chairperson of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mr Wernich’s experience as a veteran of the hospitality industry stands him in good stead as he takes on this new role.
“The Cape Chamber of Commerce is the champion of business in the Cape, and small business in particular,” Mr Wernich said. “We are highly focused on creating a supportive community, where small businesses are backed not only by each other, but by key stakeholders within the city.”
Thanks to a career spanning more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, Mr Wernich is well-versed in cultivating relationships and encouraging buy-in from key role players. He has a special passion for driving business growth, having been integral to the growth of several iconic hotels in South Africa.
Mr Wernich’s career includes posts at a number of South Africa’s leading hospitality brands, where he has won several awards recognising his performance and commitment to excellence. His most recent appointment, as cluster general manager for Taj Cape Town and Taj Pamodzi Lusaka, sees him responsible for the expansion of the Taj Hotels brand into southern Africa.
“I am extremely proud to have been given custodianship of the Cape Chamber of Commerce. This platform gives me the chance to drive opportunities for the business and tourism sector, with benefits for all,” Mr Wernich said.