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Accelerate Cape Town, the business-led initiative aimed at bringing together stakeholders in the Cape Town region to develop and implement a long-term vision for sustainable, inclusive economic growth, has geared up for the year ahead with new additions to its membership and the selection of a new board.
Guy Lundy, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, says they are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead. “With a growing membership of Cape Town’s top corporates, and a new board that brings together a team of some of the city’s most experienced business leaders, we are ready to take full advantage of 2010.”
Five new members have joined the organisation recently. They are Standard Bank, Fruit & Veg City, Johnson & Johnson, Odgers Berndtson South Africa and Philip Morris. This brings the total number of members to 40.
Accelerate Cape Town appointed a new board earlier this year. Guy Lundy retains his position as CEO, while Jock McKenzie, a director at Sappi and Coronation Fund Managers, is chairperson. Other members include director-level representatives from Media24, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Allan Gray, Engen, British American Tobacco SA, Webber Wentzel, Chevron, Coronation and Old Mutual.
“Aside from bringing new viewpoints and insights to the board, a number of the new board members are key to projects that help steer our agenda of driving long-term, sustainable economic growth for the region,” says Lundy.
Many of the other new board members also provide ongoing support in publicising Cape Town as a vibrant economic destination. Lundy says their insights will prove particularly valuable this year, as the business community in the Cape – and Accelerate Cape Town - focuses on maximising the opportunities that the World Cup brings to the region.
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