Christopher (Chris) Campbell appointed as CESA CEO

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher (Chris) Campbell as its new Chief Executive Officer. Chris, assumes office effectively from 1 December 2015.

The position was left vacant earlier this year when the incumbent Lefadi Makibinyane resigned to pursue other career opportunities.

CESA President Abe Thela says that it gives him great pleasure to welcome Chris to lead the organisation. “Chris understands the industry, having worked for several consulting engineering companies in various capacities, is the immediate Past President of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), has several years of experience in the Transnet Group and most recently held an Executive position in the Precast Concrete business unit of the Aveng Group, Aveng Infraset,” adds Thela.

Chris also has a wealth of experience in the International Engineering institutional environment, having held the position of Vice President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations, a UNESCO related Non-Government Organisation, which has had ongoing interaction with FIDIC, the International body to which CESA is affiliated. 

“He will be able to relate to how clients perceive the Consulting Engineering industry and I am confident that he will take CESA to greater heights,” proclaims Thela.

Campbell, is a registered Professional Engineer, having started his career as a Draughtsman in 1981 from his humble roots in Newclare, Johannesburg, having matriculated as a bursary student from St. Barnabas College then located next to Sophiatown, Johannesburg, in 1980. He progressed to the level of Senior Technician, with a Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1986 and eventually obtained a BSc Civil Engineering degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 1995 at the Florida A & M University in the USA. In addition, he holds various certificates and diplomas in management and leadership.

Campbell says “I am deeply honoured to have been chosen to be the new CEO of CESA and humbly accept the challenge of steering the organisation to new heights”.

Chris is a family man, has been married for 30 years and is blessed with two daughters and a grandson.