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DEVELOPMENT: Accelerate Cape Town To Get A New CEO


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Business think tank and leadership network facilitator Accelerate Cape Town has appointed Chris Whelan, former associate director of Ernst & Young, as its new CEO with effect from 1 July 2012.


Accelerate Cape Town’s incumbent CEO, Guy Lundy, will be stepping down after five years at the helm of the organisation, whose members include 45 of the largest corporates in the Western Cape.

Accelerate Cape Town Board Chairman Jock McKenzie, who was on the selection panel for the CEO position, said: “We ran a rigorous selection process over a period of several months, and I am confident that this has ensured the best successor for Guy. We were all impressed with Chris’ broad experience, as well as the enthusiasm he showed for the work that Accelerate Cape Town is doing.” 

McKenzie continued: “Guy and the team at Accelerate Cape Town have done outstanding work over the last five years, and I know the organisation will continue to grow and to deliver on its mandate under Chris’ leadership.  Chris has the full endorsement of the Board, and our member companies have also expressed their unqualified support for his appointment.”

Lele Mehlomakulu, Board Member of Accelerate Cape Town and Human Resources Director for Allan Gray, was also on the selection panel for Whelan’s appointment.  “The panel was unanimous that, out of a number of very impressive applicants, Chris was the right individual to take Accelerate Cape Town forward.  His global experience base, as well as his vision for Accelerate Cape Town and the city region, impressed us enormously.  Chris has the full support of Allan Gray in its capacity as a member of Accelerate Cape Town and we are confident that he will ensure that the organisation will continue to grow and to partner with other regional stakeholders on the economic agenda of the region.”

Whelan holds a Masters degree (Cum Laude) in Futures Studies from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He has extensive experience in the fields of strategy development and business performance improvement, and has worked in these spheres as a management consultant with a range of large corporates such as Woolworths, Edcon and Shell.  He has also worked extensively with the City of Cape Town.  Most recently, Whelan worked for Ernst & Young, both in South Africa and Australia, initially as Senior Manager in Performance Improvement and later, working across 22 countries, as the company’s Chief Knowledge Officer for the Asia Pacific region.

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