V&A Waterfront announces Shirley Zinn as new board chairperson

The V&A Waterfront, one of the country’s most successful public-private partnerships as well as one of the most visited destinations in Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Shirley Zinn as Independent Chairperson of its board of directors.

The V&A Waterfront is jointly owned by the Government Employees Pension Fund (represented by Public Investment Corporation SOC Ltd) and Growthpoint Properties Limited. Dr Zinn will chair the board consisting of Norbert Sasse (Growthpoint), Francois Marais (Growthpoint), Thulisa Mpuntshe (PIC) Amogelang Mocumi (PIC), Estienne de Klerk (Growthpoint) and Dr Renosi Mokate (GEPF).

During her career, Dr Zinn has held human resources director positions at Reckitt Benckiser, the South African Revenue Service, Nedbank, Standard Bank and Woolworths Holdings. She has her own business called Shirley Zinn Consulting, and was an extraordinary professor of human resources management at University of Pretoria and recently completed her contract as an adjunct professor at University of Cape Town.

She has also served in prior boards roles at DHL: Global Forwarding SA, Starfish Greathearts Foundation, Sygnia Asset Management, Institute of Bankers, Shoprite Holdings, the Board of Cricket South Africa and on the Council of the University of Cape Town.

Currently, she is director on the boards of SANLAM Limited, MTN-SA; Afrocentric; AdvTech; and Spur Corporation amongst others.

Dr Zinn, “I am truly honoured and excited to be joining the Board of the V&A Waterfront as the Chairperson. I look forward to working with the Board in progressing the strategic direction of the V&A Waterfront.”

Dr Zinn holds two master’s degrees, one from the University of the Western Cape, and one from Harvard, and a Doctorate from Harvard. She is author of the book, Swimming Upstream, an autobiography focusing on her personal and professional journey.

David Green, CEO of V&A Waterfront, “We are delighted to welcome Dr Zinn to the V&A Waterfront. She brings with her vast  experience at a board level and we look forward to gaining from her insights into our business strategy, culture and leadership as we make progress in implementing a shared value strategy that supports innovation and job creation within our ecosystem.