Disbelief as veteran fishing industry leader Jan Arnold announces his retirement

One of the leading figures in the private sector of Namibia’s fishing industry, Mr Jan Arnold announced his early retirement this week, much to the astonishment of the wider fishing industry and its support industries.

Arnold joined Namsov Fishing in 1997 and was appointed Managing Director in 2001. His retirement was announced by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Namsov Fishing Enterprises, Mr Sebby Kankondi. Kankondi stated: “In these times where change is imminent, we are all faced with decisions which will impact our business environments and our personal and private lives. It is with a personal heavy heart that I communicate today that Jan Arnold, the Managing Director of Namsov Fishing Enterprises, has decided to bring forward his retirement.
Jan started working for Namsov in May 1996 as a vibrant young Financial Manager exactly 20 years ago. In October 1997, he became General Manager: Namsov Group Support Services and was subsequently appointed as the Managing Director of Namsov Fishing in March 2001.
The skill and passion in which he steered our ship brought Namsov the success it enjoys today. We can only express gratitude for his management of our organization, and these are qualities which are well imparted into the DNA of Namsov Fishing Enterprises. As a leader in not only the company but also the in the fishing industry, he accomplished phenomenal growth and performance at all levels. For this the shareholders, the board, management and staff applaud his sound expertise.
In these times of ever-changing circumstances, we are also facing times of our greatest opportunities and new frontiers. What we have accomplished over the past decades is commendable, and I know we have the energy in us to continue and build on what Jan and his team had put in place. I am excited about our people, I am energised by our ability to change and grow and I look forward to the success which lies ahead.
As Chairperson of Namsov Fishing Enterprises, I would like to thank Jan for chartering the spirit of Namibianisation in Namsov and for pioneering the sharing of commercial value with Namibian communities. We applaud his immense contribution to Namsov’s huge social investment footprint in Namibia.”

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