NWR strengthens EXCO team

07 May 2018 Author  

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) on Monday announced the appointment of Talita Horn as its new Chief Financial Officer, and Julia Mutumbulua as its new Chief Human Capital Officer, effective beginning of May. 

In a statement, NWR said the two executives join the State-owned tourism and hospitality company with vast experience within their respective areas of expertise that will significantly benefit the organisation in steering it towards sustainable growth.
Horn has vast experience as a Charted Accountant and Internal Auditor, having worked in South Africa, United Kingdom and Namibia. 
“I will aim to strengthen and protect the financial condition of the company,” Horn said about her appointment.
“I am quite excited to join NWR because my working career has now come full circle, with my first job being in the hotel trade many years ago, followed by me qualifying as a chartered accountant, and now back to the hospitality trade.” 
She said she is excited to be given the opportunity to contribute to the Namibian economy, by maximising the multiplier effect of the tourism dollars coming into the country. 
“With the expectation from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and the Ministry of Public Enterprises, that commercial SOEs are driven by business objectives, I cannot wait to develop our talent, and build a stronger support function, so that the team can give tourists what they want – a memorable experience of Namibian hospitality.” 
Before joining NWR, Horn was a partner at PwC Namibia responsible for Internal Auditing Services. 
Mutumbulua holds a B Comm in Human Resources, and a B Comm. (Hons) in Industrial Psychology, both obtained from the University of Western Cape.  
She obtained her talent management competencies over the years through consulting at State-owned Enterprises across various industries, and in the private sector. 
She spent seven years of her career in South Africa where she studied and completed her internship in Psychometrics. 
She spent another four years at the coast in various entrepreneurial capacities. Her last appointment before joining NWR was at PwC as the Recruitment Manager.
“My focus would be in blending heightened job satisfaction and enhanced productivity in NWR for both the individual and the organisation through focused developmental interventions informed by psychological assessments and competency support, as well as by fostering a work environment where the individuals feel valued and respected regardless of work levels,” Mutumbulua said. 
NWR’s Managing Director, Zelna Hengari, said she is delighted to have women of such calibre as part of her new executive team.
She said their mere presence at the senior level shall contribute to gender equality within the workplace at NWR in particular and the tourism industry in general.  
“Being able to attract such considerable talent to our executive team is a testimony to the rise of the NWR brand within the marketplace and we are determined to build on the progress we have made,” Hengari said.


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