Deloitte Namibia has announced the appointment of Melanie Harrison as its first female Country Leader in Namibia, with effect from 1 June 2023 as part of a planned leadership transition. She replaces long-serving Country Leader, Ramsay McDonald who will be focussing on client services until his anticipated retirement from the firm on 31 May 2024.
In accepting the position, Harrison said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this role and excited to be part of yet another first in the history of Deloitte Namibia. I look forward to engaging with our people, our clients and our stakeholders as we set on this new journey together. I would also like to thank Ramsay Mc Donald for the years of dedicated leadership and his love for this firm and this country”.
Harrison joined the firm for the first time in 2005 as a junior IT audit consultant and left in 2010 to join De Beers Marine Namibia as a senior internal auditor and then later became their Information Security Manager.
In 2015, Harrison re-joined Deloitte as Associate Director and was appointed as the Risk Advisory Director for Deloitte Namibia in 2017.
She holds numerous certifications, including Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is Certified by the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI).
Harrison currently leads the Risk Advisory and Human Capital service lines in Namibia and supports Deloitte Botswana as IT audit director. Since re-joining Deloitte, she has played a crucial role in raising the advisory profile of Deloitte Namibia and growing the advisory and consulting services.
“I am extremely delighted to be handing over the reins to Melanie. The appointment of Melanie as Country Leader is another historic moment for the Namibian firm. Melanie will be the first female Country Leader and will also continue the rich history of a Namibian being the leader of Deloitte in Namibia. She is passionate and deeply cares about the positive role the firm plays for our clients, society and people,” said McDonald.