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Richard Vallihu took up the reins as Chief Executive of the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on 1 April 2015. He succeeded Tau Morwe, who led the company for a number of years before opting for early retirement in March 2015. 
Mr Vallihu is no stranger to Transnet SOC Limited.  He joined Transnet in 1995, and in 2005 he became the Chief Executive of Transnet Engineering, formerly known as Transnet Rail Engineering. Under his astute leadership, Transnet Engineering was successfully transformed into a robust engineering and manufacturing enterprise business beyond rail, with customers across the world. At TE he led a 14 000-strong workforce across six factories and 132 depots in the Republic of South Africa.
As Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority, Richard oversees the operation of eight commercial ports with a total staff complement of more than 3 800.    
Mr. Vallihu started his career at Standard Bank in 1994.  He joined Transnet Engineering in 1995 and held various positions in Information Communication and Technology, Business Development and Strategy & Marketing before taking up the Chief Executive position in 2005.  He is also an Executive Committee member of Transnet SOC Limited.
He spearheaded the Transnet Security Cluster for effective integration of all Transnet management security systems and to form an integrated Security Forum across all SOE’s and the relevant state agencies, such as SAPS, NIA, etc.
He also championed the inception of Lean Six Sigma in November 2007, a significant milestone on the TE’s journey. Lean Six Sigma is an initiative to drive TE towards operational excellence to train and develop employees. TE achieved a global first for Lean Six Sigma implementation on SAP. He has a passion for community engagement programmes, especially in the field of education.
Mr. Vallihu is a South African citizen with a BSc Honours Degree from University of Loughborough in UK and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. He recently he achieved his Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Richard Vallihu is the Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the Chairman of the TNPA Executive Committee.  The Committee members are as follows:  
- Mr. Mohammed Abdool Chief Financial Officer
- Ms. Sagree Chetty General Manager : Legal, Risk, Compliance & Regulatory
- Ms Phyllis Difeto Chief Operations Officer
- Ms. Thandeka Mabija General Manager  : Human Resources
- Capt. Rufus Lekala Chief Harbour Master
- Mr. Mmutle Lentle General Manager  : Information Management Systems
- Ms. Ayanda Mantshongo Executive Manager: Corporate Affairs
- Mr. Mohammed Abdool General Manager  : Supply Chain Management​ (Acting)
- Mr. Hamilton Nxumalo General Manager  : Infrastructure & Port Planning
- Ms. Lauriette Sesoko General Manager  : Commercial & Marketing
- Mr. Nico Walters General Manager  : Business Strategy