By LOYD MATARE in Harare
TAWANDA Gusha has been appointed the first substantive chief executive officer of the Airport Company of Zimbabwe (ACZ), with a mandate is to ensure the firm contributes to the government’s National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
ACZ board chairperson Devnanda Popatlal said Gusha’s appointment would bring a new dimension to the company which is responsible for managing all of the country’s airports.
“We are confident that his strategic and operational knowledge of the aviation industry will bring very valuable and much-needed experience to the company as it seeks to fully operationalise and grow in line with the key national priorities as enshrined in the NDS 1.
“Part of his mandate will be to drive the implementation of the company’s 2021-23 Strategic plan and with it the completion of its separation from Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz), the finalisation of our staff recruitment process and the operationalisation of the company’s financial plans.
“Tawanda has demonstrated throughout the years his astuteness and capability as a business leader who can bring about impressive value creation. We look forward to working with him as the ACZ takes flight into the future.
“As the board, we are confident and enthused that, in line with our inclusive stakeholder engagement thrust, there will be sustained collaboration along the entire value chain in rendering the CE and his team the necessary support that they will require in fulfilling the company’s mandate,” Popatlal said.
He also said Gusha’s qualifications prove that he is eligible to operate at the helm of this strategic company.
“Tawanda brings to the ACZ over 21 years of experience in the aviation sector having worked in different capacities in Caaz which include air traffic controller, duty manager, regional airports manager and as director of airports and business development a position he held since June 2016 until his recent appointment.
“Gusha holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Midlands State University and a Bachelor of Science General degree (Biological Sciences & Geography) from the University of Zimbabwe.
“He also possesses various qualifications in aviation including a post graduate diploma in Aviation Management from the National University of Singapore amongst others.
“Furthermore, he has attended several capacity building programmes in the aviation sector both locally and globally,” Popatlal added.
The government unbundled Caaz into two entities last year to avoid conflict of interest, leading to the birth of ACZ.
Popatlal is deputised by corporate affairs guru George Manyaya and other board members are Rumbidzai Dihwa, Joseph Mabvure and Sinikiwe Gwatidzo. – Daily News