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Lorin Bowen has been appointed as general manager of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), with effect from 1 September 2012.

SAACI National Chairperson Nina Freysen-Pretorius says Bowens appointment follows a thorough process to find a suitable candidate for the position.

We received 27 applications and short-listed six people, who each did an extensive interview with a panel of SAACI board members, she says. We are very pleased to have someone with intimate knowledge of the association, its roles and its strategic objectives.

Bowen is a past chairperson of SAACIs Northern Territories branch and currently serves as national vice chairperson of the association. She will vacate this position as soon as she joins SAACIs national office on a full-time basis.

Bowen holds a certificate in hotel management from the former Technikon Witwatersrand and a diploma in public relations from the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa. Currently employed as public relations and marketing manager at the Indaba Hotel, she has extensive hospitality and conference industry experience.

We welcome her to the SAACI head office and trust she will find the environment stimulating and rewarding, says Freysen-Pretorius.