First woman chief executive for Transnet

August 7th, 2017, Published in Articles: Vector

 Shulami Qalinge has been appointed chief executive of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), becoming the first female chief executive of the organisation. She succeeds Richard Vallihu who has been appointed group executive: Operational Readiness, Transnet Corporate Centre.

Qalinge will provide strategic direction and leadership in the implementation of the overall TNPA strategic objectives and operational targets, including total oversight of the operation of eight commercial ports with more than 3500 employees. She will also drive Transnet’s overall strategy to ensure attainment of growth targets and compliance to the National Ports Act of 2005.

She joined Transnet 23 years ago as an engineering technician at Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). She rose through the ranks and held various general management positions at TFR and at the group corporate office before joining the group chief executive’s office as general manager. Qalinge has a demonstrable track record in people management and development, results orientation, building successful teams and a vast knowledge and understanding of the Transnet corporate direction and its operations. She also holds an MBA from De Montfort University in the UK.

Qalinge, an industrial engineer by qualification, has most recently been Transnet’s group executive: Strategy, where she was responsible for leading and directing Transnet’s growth strategy in international markets, with particular focus on generating revenue from the rest of the African continent and the Middle East.

Contact Transnet National Ports Authority, Tel 011 351-9001