O&L Group Executive Chairman Sven Thieme Honoured with Forbes Best of Africa Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award

Lisbon, Portugal [28 June 2024] – Forbes Best of Africa Awards Ceremony

Sven Thieme, the esteemed Executive Chairman of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, has been awarded the Forbes Best of Africa Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award at a prestigious ceremony held in Lisbon. This recognition highlights Thieme’s exceptional leadership, commitment to excellence and dedication to fostering sustainable growth and development in Namibia.

The Forbes Best of Africa Awards celebrate outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the continent’s growth and development. The awards highlight individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership, innovation and a commitment to creating positive change in their respective industries and communities.

Thieme accepted the award with heartfelt gratitude, recognising the collective efforts of his team and the enduring spirit of Namibia:

“It is with immense gratitude and profound humility that I stand before you today to receive the Forbes Best of Africa Award. This recognition is not just a personal honour but a testament to the collective efforts of the incredible team at Ohlthaver & List Group and the vibrant, resilient spirit of my beloved Namibia.”

In his acceptance speech, Thieme invited the audience on a journey to Namibia, a land of striking contrasts and unparalleled beauty:

“Allow me to take you on a journey to a land where the desert meets the ocean, where endless horizons inspire endless possibilities and where the warmth of our people is as captivating as our breathtaking landscapes. Namibia is a country of striking contrasts and unparalleled beauty. From the towering dunes of Sossusvlei to the rich cultural tapestry woven by our diverse communities, Namibia offers an experience that is both unique and profoundly enriching.”

Thieme emphasised how the ideals of the O&L Persona — Authenticity, Care and Passion — are integral to the Group’s success and their commitment to Namibia’s future:

Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do. It is about staying true to our roots, honouring our heritage and conducting our business with integrity. In Namibia, authenticity is not a choice; it is a way of life.

Care is the cornerstone of our approach to business and community. At O&L, we believe in nurturing our people, supporting their growth and positively impacting the communities we serve. This ethos is mirrored in Namibia’s commitment to conservation, sustainable development and social responsibility.

Passion drives us forward, fuels our innovation and ignites our ambition. It is the relentless pursuit of excellence and the resolute belief in the potential of our people and our nation.”

Receiving the award in Lisbon, a city renowned for its history of exploration, Thieme drew parallels to Namibia’s spirit of adventure and innovation:

“Receiving this award in Lisbon, a city of explorers, reminds me of Namibia’s own spirit of adventure and discovery. It is a spirit that inspires me daily as I lead the Ohlthaver & List Group, a diverse conglomerate of companies that employs just under 6,000 dedicated individuals.”

In closing, Thieme extended an invitation to explore Namibia and join in its vibrant journey:

“I accept this award not just as a recognition of past achievements but as a beacon illuminating the path ahead. I invite each one of you to visit Namibia, to experience its magic and to be part of a story that celebrates the richness of our land and the spirit of our people.

Thank you, Forbes, for this incredible honour. Thank you to my team at O&L for your dedication. And thank you, Namibia, for being the source of my inspiration and pride. Together, let us continue to build a future that is as bright and boundless as the Namibian sky.”

The Ohlthaver & List Group warmly congratulates Sven Thieme on this remarkable achievement, proudly celebrating his visionary leadership and the positive impact he continues to make on Namibia and beyond.

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