New CEO elected to strengthen operations and continue the expansion of Toastmasters Southern Africa

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Andrew Tsuro was elected as the 44th CEO of the region at the region’s annual conference. Andrew Tsuro is the youngest to be elected to that office. 

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Saturday, 7 May 2022 – Toastmasters Southern Africa welcomes Andrew Tsuro as the 44th CEO of the region, and the youngest to be elected to that office. Andrew Tsuro is the CEO-elect of Toastmasters Southern Africa, a hub of the world’s leading organisation devoted to communication and leadership skills development.

Tsuro was elected for a one-year term at the organisation’s 2022 annual regional conference, held virtually on 7 May 2022. His term will begin on 1 July 2022 and ends on 30 June 2023. As CEO of the region, Andrew is the highest-ranked officer in the region. He brings a wealth of leadership experience to his new role.

Andrew is an ardent advocate for millennial leadership, entrepreneurship and skills development in various organisations across Southern Africa. “Toastmasters International has established itself as the leading leadership development company and I am excited to build on the momentum my predecessor and team have generated,” Andrew Tsuro. ” We are fully equipped to advance leadership transformation in Africa. I can’t wait to get started.”

In addition to Corporate Training, Andrew is the Chief Executive of the eHub, an entrepreneur’s hub that helps professionals transition from corporate to entrepreneurship with mentorship to alleviate the plight of the Africans. His work credits include extensive training at corporates across Southern Africa, such as Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Exxaro, University of Witwatersrand, Afrox Linde, Bidvest Bank, and many others in different industries. He has been actively involved in setting up and mentoring Communication and Leadership Development programmes in corporates like Multichoice, Vodacom, FSCA, Standard Bank Southern Africa and Malawi and various other organisations. Tsuro is a firm believer in the mantra, “Excuses or Results.” He believes in Napoleon Hill’s statement that “whatever the mind conceives and believes, the mind can achieve.” This is evident by his numerous achievements, from recently being the Southern Africa Hall of Fame Bright Spark Award winner (for innovation) Golden Goose Award for Team Leadership to mention only a few. Andrew was recognised twice, with the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award for excellence in Communication and Leadership – the highest accolade bestowed by Toastmasters International.

“Andrew has been a pivotal pillar for us as Mercedes Benz Toastmasters. His unwavering commitment to leadership development is an excellent example to us, especially young people who aspire to make a mark in the continent. We are confident that he is the right leader to carry our strong momentum forward and create significant value,” Mzonjani Nkomo, Mercedes Benz Toastmasters President.

A Toastmaster since 2015, Andrew is a member of Entrepreneurs, L’Avenir – an Anglo francophone Toastmasters Clubs in South Africa. He has held several high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organisation.

An entrepreneur and passionate leadership coach, Andrew was 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons, 2020’s 50 Under 30 Emerging Leaders and 2018’s Top 10 Global Young Future Leaders recognised by the, HR.com’s LEAD Leadership Excellence awards. He is described by many colleagues as “an enthusiastic entrepreneur and pacesetting leader who thrives in exceeding expectations.”

Andrew will work closely with the newly elected Executive Committee for 2022/2023 (1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023) to help fulfil these responsibilities and empower the regional leadership team to work together toward the regional mission, while supporting them in their development as a leader. You can engage with Andrew Tsuro via social media on Twitter @andrewtsuro / LinkedIn Andrew Tsuro where he shares riveting experiences in his journey.

About Toastmasters Southern Africa

Toastmasters Southern Africa (also known as District 74) was established in 1978 as a non-profit organisation to help corporate and community groups in Southern Africa develop public speaking and leadership skills. Toastmasters Southern Africa boasts over 200 clubs in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, including corporate partners such as Nedbank, Old Mutual, Standard Bank, Vodacom, and MultiChoice. The organisation has helped many members of communities and companies to become more effective communicators and leaders.

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organisation that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. The organisation’s membership exceeds 300 000 in more than 15 800 branches in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters branches, please visit www.toastmasters74.org.

To know about our programmes or leadership development opportunities contact our Public Relations team via email pr@toastmasters74.org. For more information about our programmes, visit www.toastmasters74.org/Pathways.

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