Marcel Von Aulock, [DATA TSH:Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited] CEO, confirmed to CNBC Africa today that the move “ is part of a head office restructure which has led to a flattening of reporting lines in order to remain operationally efficient. The five executive positions will not be replaced and their responsibilities will be reallocated to other positions in the group”.
Two of the affected executives are Graham Wood, MD of Southern Sun Hotels and Rob Collins, Tsogo Sun’s chief marketing officer – both are preparing for their last day at Tsogo tomorrow. “The other three affected head office positions have yet to announced internally,” says Von Aulock.
Durban-born Wood was appointed managing director of Southern Sun Hotels in September 2008. Before joining Tsogo, Wood spent 12 years at competitor- Sun International. His first job, was as a project accountant at Sun City Resorts.
Just before jumping ship to join the competitor in 2008, Wood worked his way up the Sun International ladder to become divisional director of Resorts in 2007, with responsibilities for the African hotels including sales and marketing.
While at Tsogo – Wood worked under two bosses: Jabu Mabuza, Tsogo’s chairman since 2011 and current CEO Marcel von Aulock. It took Von Aulock eleven years to become CEO of Tsogo. His first position was as group financial manager in 1999.
Over the past two years, Von Aulock has been making his mark - implementing a new vision for Tsogo. In part, this has involved cutting costs, improving efficiencies leading to the headcount reduction. The new Tsogo vision has also been exemplified by the rebranding of the group’s various operating divisions under one name and one brand identity ‘Tsogo Sun Holdings’ which housed household brands such as Montecasino, Suncoast, Gold Reef City, Silverstar Casino and Southern Sun.
The man responsible for the 2012 rebranding exercise is CMO, Rob Collins who leaves alongside Wood tomorrow.
Von Aulock thanked both Wood and Collins for their significant contribution to the company and their commitment to supporting this process and the smooth handover.
The name Tsogo refers to the daily rising of the sun and in Setswana it stands for resurrection or new life. Today, Von Aulock will be looking towards the dawn of a new era with a leaner management team while Collins and Wood both reflect, rather on the sun-setting on their careers at South Africa’s largest listed hotel and Tourism Company.
Tsogo reported annual results on May 23rd. Full year adjusted headline earnings per share was up 24 per cent to 150.3 cents with a final dividend per share 51.0 cents, up 28 per cent.