Chris Parvin leaves Meikles

By our own Staff

MEIKLES Africa CEO Chris Parvin ends his six-year romance with the hotelier at the end of the month to pursue other business interests, Standard Business has learnt.



Official sources at the leading hospitality and retail group said Parvin – who was appointed Meikles’ CE in October 1999 – tendered his resignation six months ago and will effectively step down at the end of this month.

“He is leaving Meikles to do his own business,” said the sources, who added that the businessman might become a consultant in general management.

Contacted by Standard Business, Parvin confirmed that he was leaving Meikles Africa saying: “I feel like I need a change that gives me time with my family.”

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Parvin he was a non-executive director of Meikles. He previously held similar positions with the Lonrho Group in Zambia and Zimbabwe and was also a non-executive director of Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited, one of the few black banks to survive last year’s financial turmoil.

Bryan Thorn and David Mills – both currently executive directors – are heavily tipped to succeed Parvin, said the sources.

Thorn, the executive director responsible for finance and administration, joined Meikles in June 2004. He has extensive experience as an assurance partner in various industry types mainly in connection with mining, hotels, manufacturing, construction, retail and financial services. He has also been involved in a number of group restructures and public listings.

Mills has been with Meikles during the past 25 years and is currently Executive Director of Retail Operations.

Meikles Africa is now form one of the leading retail and hotel groups in Zimbabwe. Its companies include TM Supermarkets, a leading supermarket chain, the five-star Meikles Hotel – one of the top hotels on the continent – and fine department stores trading under the names of Meikles, Barbours and Greatermans.

In addition, Meikles’ retail operations division has recently been expanded with the addition of the exclusive Zimbabwean franchises for Clicks Stores.