General AviationWrenelle Stander bows out as CEO of Airlines Association of Southern Africa

Wrenelle Stander bows out as CEO of Airlines Association of Southern Africa

Wrenelle Stander is stepping down as the CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA).

AASA announced on 8 August, that Stander will leave the industry body following a handover to her successor.

Stander will now take up the role as CEO of WESGRO, the Western Cape and Cape Town tourism, trade, and investment agency.

In a statement from Wesgro, Wrenelle Stander said: “I am delighted to accept the great responsibility of leading such a world-class organisation in what is a critical time for our economic growth as a country and a province. Wesgro sits at the interface between government and business, which is a catalytic space that I am well versed in. Having been born in Cape Town and educated at Wittebome High School and later UCT – I am looking forward to returning to my hometown once again.”

Michael Spicer, Chairman of the Wesgro Board  added, “Wrenelle is an exceptionally experienced leader, with an impressive public and private sector track record and diverse skillset spanning across sectors that are vital for the province – particularly as we navigate complex global times. We are confident that she has the acumen to lead Wesgro into a new phase and will be an asset to the Western Cape in helping speed up provincial economic recovery and drive growth rates higher”.

She joined AASA earlier this year after leaving South Africa’s Comair as the CEO in December last year, taking over from Tim Harris who retired from the industry body after 19 years of service.

Stander holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the UK and a BA (Hons) from the University of Cape Town.

Her previous portfolio includes several key executive positions including CEO of Comair, Managing Director of South Africa’s Air Traffic Navigation Service (ATNS), and Sasol’s Gas business.

Wrenelle Stander began her career in South Africa’s National Department of Transport where she rose to become Chief Director Aviation and Maritime Regulation and also served as Deputy CEO of the SA Civil Aviation Authority.

Ekene Lionel
Ekene Lionel is an author for The Aviator Africa, covering military aviation. He has worked as a journalist and defense tech writer for 5 years, much of that time focusing on military and emerging technologies.

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