South African National Parks (SANParks) Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), Glenn Phillips, will be exiting the organization after 16 years of service.
The Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni said, “During his tenure as Managing Executive of Tourism, Glenn was instrumental in building sound relationships with the tourism industry, implementing responsible tourism principles, streamlining reservation processes as well as the successful implementation of Public-Private Partnerships. In addition, during his tenure in KNP, he led and guided the revision of the Kruger National Park management plan based on an integrated landscape approach resulting in the signing of a cooperative agreement between all state and privately-owned conservation areas open to the KNP’s Western Boundary. This agreement puts in place a collaborative approach which seeks to stimulate socio-economic development in the region, based on sound environmental management and accountable governance. “His visionary leadership, passion and commitment to SANParks and conservation will be sorely missed.”
Phillips has cited personal reasons for his decision, “what I am proudest of is that in the past four years, I have had the privilege of working with a team of dedicated Rangers and Conservationists who have despite all odds and at massive personal cost, managed to reduce the poaching of Rhino in KNP. The battle is far from over, but without the efforts of these dedicated individuals the situation would be far worse than it currently is.”
Mketeni will take on the role of Acting Managing Executive of Kruger National Park until a suitable replacement has been found.