The Durban ICC Board has announced Ms Julie-May Ellingson as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Durban ICC after she served in an acting capacity since April 2011. Ms Ellingson holds a degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ms Ellingson joins the ICC from a strategic project unit which she headed from 2005. As Head of Strategic Projects Unit, Ms Ellingson was responsible for driving Durban’s 2010 and beyond strategy along with the city’s 2010 FIFA World Cup responsibilities. Under Ms Ellingson’s leadership over R6 billion was invested in projects across the city. As Head of Strategic Projects Unit, Ms Ellingson has also acted as an advisor to the Boards of the Durban Point Development Company and Durban Marine Theme Park (Ushaka).
Ellingson said her vision for the ICC is twofold, “first it is to be the best convention centre in Africa, offering a unique African experience with the highest quality service and second to be a centre for knowledge sharing through which new jobs can be created locally, provincially and nationally”. They are also looking at positioning Durban and ICC as one of the world’s premier long-haul international conferencing destinations by attracting high profile international conferences and events to the Durban together with our partners in the local business tourism sector.
As CEO of Durban ICC Ellingson, said that they were looking at improving the organisation’s management systems and skills base and a programme of improvements to the infrastructure of the Durban ICC. National and domestic marketing of the Durban ICC will be refocused in recognition of global economic conditions and to ensure that there is an even spread of business from the various sectors within the business tourism industry. The International Convention Centre Durban (ICC) is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world where flexibility and versatility are key factors in the design of as a state-of-the-art centre.
The Chairperson of the ICC Board, Ms Mato Madlala commented that the ICC Board is extremely pleased to have secured Ms Ellingson as CEO as Ms Ellingson is well known for her passion and hard work .