Ginge Hudson

MD CMO ZIMBABWE

Ginge Hudson is a senior manager who has had a progressive 30-year career in the Commercial Forest Management sector. In addition, Ginge has 14 years of expertise in the Integrated Fire Management field within the veld and forestry industry, coupled with 5 years of consultancy on general Health & Safety for forestry contractors and business projects in the South African private sector.

Starting in 1975, Ginge was actively engaged in forest management activities in Zimbabwe for a period of 7 years. Then, in 1983, Ginge relocated to South Africa to join Anglo American, Mondi Paper, which later evolved into Mondi Forests. Over two decades, Ginge played a vital role in various forest management activities, encompassing business management, human resources, financial management, health and safety, and environmental management practices. Notably, Ginge led a significant forestry plantation establishment project, covering 13,000 hectares of new Pine plantings on newly acquired agricultural farms in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa.

In March 2003, Ginge transitioned to the private sector, embarking on a business venture focused on antiques, cottage furnishings, and African arts and crafts in Howick and Durban. During this period, Ginge also initiated consultancy work in health and safety for forestry contractors collaborating with forestry corporate companies. This experience eventually paved the way for involvement in the early stages of heading up the implementation of a funded veld and forest fire management project in the KwaZulu-Natal & Free State Provinces of South Africa.

From 2007 to March 2014, Ginge held a permanent position at Integrated Fire Management Services, initially serving as the National Commercial Manager and subsequently advancing to General Manager and Managing Director. Between April 2014 and October 2017, Ginge oversaw the implementation of a commercial fire management program within a different business unit within the holding group.

From February 2018 to December 2019, Ginge actively contributed to various business projects, assisting a multi companied business owner in identifying business opportunities and conducting proposed project costings and business plans up to the point of implementation.

In April 2020, Ginge seized the opportunity to be involved in a newly funded forestry project in KwaZulu-Natal. This venture entailed setting up and managing commercial plantations, a role that Ginge continued to fulfill until January 2022. In February 2022, Ginge was offered the opportunity to establish the newly formed CMO Zimbabwe from scratch, a new business under CMO Logistics in South Africa.