SAIEE appoints new CEO: Mr Sicelo Xulu

  |  by Dr Hendri Geldenhuys, SAIEE President

The SAIEE has appointed Sicelo Xulu as its new CEO taking over the reins form Stan Bridgens who has held this position for more than 12 years.

New SAIEE CEO Mr Sicelo Xulu

The SAIEE is grateful for the great work that Stan has done in the time that he led the Institute.

Sicelo Xulu is a Fellow of the SAIEE. He served as President of the AMEU from 2014 to 2016. Xulu is a PrTech and is a Certified Director with the Institute of Directors of SA. He holds a B-Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Central University of Technology, a BSc Honours from the University of Pretoria and an MPhil in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg. He has completed an Accelerated Directorship Programme with IoDSA and the Executive Development Programme and Municipal Finance Management Programme with the Wits Business School.

Xulu worked in a range of Electrical Engineering capacities, starting his career in Eskom in 1995. He joined City Power in 2002 where he worked his way up through the ranks to become the CEO of City Power in 2012 and held that position up to August 2017.

Throughout the recruitment process, we were aware of the media reports around Xulu when he left City Power as CEO. We were also aware of the potential reputational risk to the Institute and also the perceptions that our stakeholders may hold because of the recent events in our country. Of critical importance to us, was to conduct a fair and ethical process based on (available) proven evidence with a view of recruiting the best possible candidate.

After serious investigations, intense interviews, assessments and consideration by the recruitment panel, Xulu was appointed as the best candidate for the post. References close to him have indicated that he is a trustworthy and competent person. No evidence was found that indicated in any way that he has acted dishonestly in his previous job.

We wish him all of the best in his new role as SAIEE CEO, and we trust that he will enjoy the challenge and help the SAIEE to move from strength to strength in this rapidly changing environment we live in!