Palesa Phili
The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has a new chief executive, Palesa Phili.

Phili replaces outgoing chief executive Dumile Cele and her core function will be to drive and implement the strategic objectives of the Durban Chamber.

Durban Chamber president Musa Makhunga congratulated Phili on her appointment and thanked the board members who were tasked with the selection process in attracting a talented and experienced leader.

“I believe that Palesa’s appointment will reinforce the chamber’s position as a future-­focused organisation that adds value to our members and champions economic prosperity and sustainability in the region,” said Makhunga.

The chamber said that Phili had more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT and telecommunications sector, working for leading multinational companies within the sector. She had 10 years’ experience in executive positions within the sector, with added experience in board-level positions within the manufacturing and incubation sectors. Her skills and expetise included strong operational experience in strategic growth and market penetration into various customer environments.

She had worked for organisations such as Hewlett Packard, IBM and EMC Computers. Her most recent role was at MTN SA, where she was the regional head for MTN Business in KwaZulu-Natal.

Phili held a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Johannesburg, an advanced business management programme certificate, was a member of the esteemed South African Institute of Directors and sat on various boards including SmartXchange and Invotech incubators.

Phili said she was excited at the prospect of building upon the progress the Durban Chamber had made within the city and looked forward to working alongside the team and the board of directors to achieve the chamber’s strategic goals of boosting investment in eThekwini and creating a competitive business environment.

“I am passionate about Durban and in fostering wealth creation through securing more investment and sustainable economic growth in the region, as the increased economic activity will lead to meaningful social change and a more sustainable financial future for the region,” said Phili.