Ms V Lessing (“Vanya”)
Lead Independent Non-Executive Director
Vanya was appointed to the Board on 29 May 2013. Ms Lessing is the CEO of the Sure Travel Group, responsible for managing the interests of shareholders, licensees and suppliers.
The Sure Travel Group manages the interests of 100 travel companies in South Africa and Namibia. Vanya is the former CEO of ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents). During her tenure there (2001 – 2005), she led the travel industry through change management and a series of sensitive negotiations, resulting in a new industry business model.
Vanya has extensive experience in collaboration and interaction with SME’s, expediting turnaround strategies. Her strong negotiating skills will bring ‘on the ground’ expertise to the Board. Vanya is also a Board member of Sure Holdings (Pty) Ltd, ASATA and WIN (Worldwide International Network) of Travel.