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Appointment of Mr Mike Mabasa as executive director of NAAMSA and impending retirement of the director of NAAMSA, Mr Nico Vermeulen

Appointment of Mr Mike Mabasa as executive director of NAAMSA and impending retirement of the director of NAAMSA, Mr Nico Vermeulen

With effect from 5th November, 2018, Mr Mike Mabasa, aged 44, joined NAAMSA as Executive Directordesignate of the Association and will succeed Mr Nico Vermeulen who will be retiring, at the end of March, 2019, as Director of NAAMSA after 37 years of service.

Mr Mabasa brings to NAAMSA vast commercial experience in the areas of public affairs and policy; economic regulation; advocacy and stakeholder management; marketing communications; transformation; media relations; and corporate philanthropy.

A Transport Economist and a Journalist by training, Mr Mabasa has considerable business experience in the aviation industry. He currently serves as Chairman of Air Services Licensing Council, a regulatory body under the Department of Transport which regulates domestic air services within the Republic of South Africa. He also served previously as Chairman of Air Traffic Navigation Service [ATNS], the International Air Services Council and he was a spokesperson and a member of the senior management team at the Department of Transport during the tenure of the late Minister Dullah Omar. Mr Mabasa’s experience in business spans several sectors of the economy over 20 years occupying senior management and executive positions in the private sector. He brings to his new role a track record of success from a number of multinational corporations such as The Heineken Company; Diageo [formerly Brandhouse Beverages]; Rio Tinto; Adcock Ingram; and Japan Tobacco International. Mr Mabasa is not new to the industry association landscape. He previously served as a non-executive director at the Tobacco Institute of South Africa [TISA]; Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use [ARA]; and the Pharmaceutical Industry Association of South Africa [PIASA].

Messrs N Vermeulen and M Mbasa will work together until end March, 2019 to facilitate a smooth transition and handover.

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