The Botswana Tourism Organization (BTO) is still looking for someone to fill the vacant position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), seven months after it became vacant following the departure of the parastatal’s founding CEO, Myra Sekgororoane.
This past week, BTO ran vacancy adverts in the local media for the second time, inviting candidates to apply to be shortlisted for the job. The BTO top post became vacant in December 2013 after the departure of the founding CEO Myra Sekgororoane, a tourism industry veteran who rebranded the then Botswana Tourism Board (BTB) into Botswana Tourism (BTO). She served the organisation for eight years.
At the beginning of the year, chairman of the BTO Board of Directors and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Neil Fit confirmed that the recruitment process for the parastatal’s substantive CEO has been put on hold to realign the direction of the organization.
“BTO is focusing on modalities to realign the organization’s direction and structure and therefore has put hold on recruitment of the CEO,” he said.
In December, Minister for Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama appointed Thabo Brain Dithebe as acting CEO, a position he still occupies. Once appointed, the BTO CEO will report to the Board of Directors, which comprises, amongst others Lawrence Khupe, Thabo Thamane, Cherri Briggs, Jonathan Gibson, Neil Fit and Thilo Naicker.
The substantive CEO will also be expected to take the lead on all strategic issues and manage the entire operations of BTO to ensure that it achieves its mandate. His or her focus areas are tourism marketing and development, developing new tourism products as well as project development. The CEO will drive execution of the BTO mandate and strategically lead, plan and implement tourism strategic objectives in consultation with the Board. Furthermore, the candidate will focus on investment growth and land use management, policy development as well as environmental and service quality management.
The BTO Board is a governing body appointed by the Minister for Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama. It is responsible for providing guidance, direction and support at policy and strategic levels as necessary for management to discharge its duties as stipulated in the BTO Act.