Bosso to un­veil new CEO

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

HIGH­LANDERS are set to un­veil Nh­lanhla Dube as the club’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer next week.

Bosso de­cided to aban­don the in­ter­view­ing process and head­hunt their former sec­re­tary-gen­eral Dube de­spite Nku­l­uleko Ndlovu, a Bosso mem­ber, busi­ness and devel­op­ment con­sul­tant and a mem­ber of the Zim­babwe In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment and Bosso great Lawrence “Lofty” Phiri sub­mit­ting their CVs.

The CEO post fell va­cant fol­low­ing the ex­piry of Ndu­miso Gumede’s con­tract in De­cem­ber 2016. Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Em­mett Ndlovu has been hold­ing fort in a care­taker ca­pac­ity since Novem­ber 2016 when Zifa ini­tially banned Gumede from all foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore lift­ing the sanc­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

High­landers mem­bers passed a res­o­lu­tion at the club’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Jan­uary that a CEO be ap­pointed by the end of March.

Sources within the club told Chron­i­cle Sport that Dube has “al­ways” been the board and ex­ec­u­tive’s pre­ferred can­di­date, adding that the mem­ber who raised the CEO’s is­sue at the AGM was privy to Dube’s im­mi­nent ap­point­ment.

“The board and the ex­ec­u­tive agreed some­time last year for Nh­lanhla Dube to be the next CEO. Ac­tu­ally he was sup­posed to start around June 2016 be­fore a de­ci­sion was made to ex­tend Gumede’s con­tract. Go­ing into the Jan­uary AGM, mem­bers privy to both ex­ec­u­tive and board dis­cus­sions on the CEO is­sue tried to score points at the AGM. They knew that the board or ex­ec­u­tive wasn’t go­ing to jump and the process of fi­nal­is­ing the next CEO ap­point­ment was in mo­tion,” said the source.

An­other source said the club de­cided on the process of head­hunt­ing to see whether they could find per­sons with bet­ter qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence than Dube.

“That is why you find that the club’s lead­er­ship de­cided to head­hunt rather than ad­ver­tise be­cause they had al­ready ze­roed in on their pre­ferred can­di­date. That’s why you find that a few peo­ple were asked to bring CVs af­ter the AGM as most had been looked at way back. As you may know, the High­landers ex­ec­u­tive has the prerogative to hire a CEO. Af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing their pre­ferred can­di­date, the ex­ec­u­tive makes a rec­om­men­da­tion to the club’s hu­man re­sources com­mit­tee, which com­prises mem­bers of the board and ex­ec­u­tive. The hu­man re­sources com­mit­tee will then deal with con­trac­tual is­sues. So there’s noth­ing wrong with the process un­der­taken,” a source said.

Act­ing High­landers’ chair­man Mod­ern Ng­wenya de­clined to re­veal the name of the suc­cess­ful can­di­date and said: “We’re still fi­nal­is­ing on the CEO is­sue. We will ei­ther call a press con­fer­ence or you can call us on Tues­day or Wed­nes­day and we will tell you who our new CEO is.” — @ZililoR

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