THE National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of seasoned businessman and philanthropist, Mr Lyndon Barends, as its new Chief Executive, effective 15 March 2016.
Lyndon is an inspirational leader and change agent with a wealth of experience gained in various operational strategic positions held in various industries.
His extensive network was garnered during his stints in the Standard Bank Public Affairs and Transformation Departments, the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (now SASCOC), and during his time spent as an entrepreneur within the IT and Sports Marketing arenas. He served as the CEO of the Primedia Sport Group of Companies where he was very instrumental in the execution of a number of World Cup 2010 projects.
He has a strong passion and involvement in the public and education sector. He believes in strong leadership backed by teamwork – “Teamwork makes the dream work”, he says. He has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work in the community, particularly in the education and public health sectors.
Andrew O’Connor, Chairman of the NHA, commented that:
“We are very happy to have a person of Lyndon’s calibre join our team, in particular to assist the NHA Board in its continued quest for excellence and to lead the industry with pride and honour”.
Lyndon has a BA in Psychology and Sociology, BA (Hons) in Social Development, Diploma in Personnel Management and an MBA (International General Management) from Richmond Business School in London.
The NHA Board takes this opportunity to record its thanks to Colin Hall for his willingness to have stepped in as Chief Executive, over the extended period during which the recruitment process for the appointment of the new Chief Executive, continued. Colin’s loyalty and dedication is greatly appreciated.