File image - US First lady Michelle Obama stands with Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Hatang has been appointed as the centre's new CEO. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has appointed Sello Hatang as its new CEO.

“He will commence his duties on 1 June 2013, succeeding the current CEO Achmat Dangor, who is due to retire at the end of June,” the centre said in a statement.

Dangor was retiring after seven years of service.

Hatang is currently the spokesman for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

He has also worked for the SA Human Rights Commission, was director of the SA History Archive (SAHA) at Wits University, and continues to serve on its board. - Sapa