The South African is the first female chair appointee since IMCI was established in 1993.

Vanessa Davidson

Vanessa Davidson is the executive head of SABBEX

South African Vanessa Davidson has been elected as the new chairperson of the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI), the organisation announced this week.

Davidson, the executive head of the South African Boat Building Export Council (SABBEX), was elected at the IMCI annual general meeting in Amsterdam on November 22. She succeeds Jürgen Tracht, managing director of BVWW in Germany. Davidson is the first South African to chair the international body which is a market leader among CE certifiers.

CE is a certification mark to indicate conformity with European Union standards. Davidson is the first female chair appointee since IMCI was established in 1993.

IMCI chief executive Ulrich Heinemann welcomed Davidson’s appointment. “I am very pleased that Vanessa has accepted the election,” Heinemann said in an IMCI press statement. “She manages her association with extreme skill and has many years of international industry experience. IMCI needs her contribution especially in Africa and Asia,” Heinemann said.

Davidson has worked for a variety of South African boating associations and has extensive experience as a consultant in the maritime industry. She has a particular interest in training and skills development, and served in the charter yacht industry for five years.

Commenting this week on her appointment, Davidson said: “I am honoured by the vote of confidence from my IMCI colleagues and I look forward to supporting IMCI’s business and future developments.”