Johannesburg - Business Against Crime SA (Bacsa) has appointed advocate Simi Pillay-van Graan as its CEO with effect from September 1, Bacsa said on Wednesday.

She would replace Dr Graham Wright, who had decided not to renew his contract after a long tenure of service, it said in a statement.

Bacsa thanked Wright for his invaluable contribution in the past 14 years, said Bacsa chairwoman Yedwa Simelane.

It welcomed Pillay-van Graan, who had worked for Bacsa for eight years as a senior project manager and executive.

Pillay-van Graan has a BProc LLB from the University of Natal, and an MBA from the University of South Africa.

She previously worked for the National Prosecuting Authority as a prosecutor and for the police as a specialist legal officer in organised crime.

She thanked Wright for his leadership and said she was honoured to be chosen as Bacsa's new CEO. - Sapa