Innovation Hub names new CEO

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Pieter Holl, The Innovation Hub new CEO.
Pieter Holl, The Innovation Hub new CEO.

The Innovation Hub has announced the appointment of Pieter Holl as its new CEO.

Holl, who succeeds McLean Sibanda, was the acting CEO at the innovation agency from June to November, according to a statement.

Prior to joining agency, the new CEO was the deputy director-general responsible for business regulation and governance for Gauteng Department of Economic Development. He was in this position for 8 years, where he is said to have contributed "greatly to the success and management of the department".

Before his time as acting CEO at the Innovation Hub, Holl was seconded to the agency to fulfil the role of general manager for commercial operations.

The CEO brings over 15 years senior management experience to his new role, having had management responsibilities in legal advisory services, technical and operational functions in key areas for organisational management.

He also served in various oversight committees including board of Gauteng Liquor Board and shareholder representative of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, Gauteng Gambling Board and the Innovation Hub.

Holl holds a Baccalaureus Iuris - B Iuris degree from Potchefstroom University for CHE and Bachelor of Laws from University of South Africa.

Commenting on the appointment, Jameel Chand, acting CEO of Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, says: "Congratulations to the newly appointed chief executive officer of the Innovation Hub, advocate Pieter Holl. I am extremely excited about his appointment, an opportunity that I am sure he will relish, leveraging off his acquired skills within the provincial government sphere.

"On behalf of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency Group, allow me to wish him the best on this new endeavour, as he promotes economic development and competitiveness of Gauteng through fostering innovation and entrepreneurship."

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