Work History

Work History


Dear Reader,

I am a honest, reliable, positive and natural leader with extensive experience in the

  • transport industry,
  • the logistics industry,
  • marketing,
  • import, export and
  • security sectors

I have the following skills:

  • management skills,
  • operational skills,
  • financial and accounting skills
  • excellent computer skills – specifically Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint,
  • excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

My personal details:

  • I am single with an excellent health status.
  • I am a South African Citizen
  • and my Identity Number is 740224 0011 081
  • I have a legal code 10 driver's license.

I can be contacted:

  • via email (
  • or at (+27) 76-259-3060 for interviews
  • or alternatively through Skype (yzahn1)

Your time and consideration will be much appreciated!

Should I be suitable for the position I am applying for, be assured of a task well done!I am looking forward and ready for any challenge!

Kind Regards

Yzahn O'Dell

Jul 2013 - Present

Country Operations Manager

DHL Express

Windhoek, Namibia

Key Responsibilities:

  • Air Operations – 2x Bond Facilities (Flights / Customs Clearing / Bond Stores).
  • Ground Operations – all branches (Warehouse / Courier routes & deliveries).
  • Fleet – all branches (Vehicle purchases & hire / services / fuel / fleet registers).
  • Security – all branches (Security 3rd party / Access controls / CCTV cameras).
  • Various reports on service quality, all levels.
  • Cost Analysis / Budget Planning – Namibia (SMT).
  • Client Service.

Reason for application: Relocating to Cape Town.

Jan 2012 - Jun 2013

Warehouse / Key Account Manager

Blaauws Transport

Walvis Bay, Namibia

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of Local & Long Distance Trucks (Namibia / SA)
  • Stock / Orders / management of cement warehouse (sub depot for Ohorongo Cement)
  • Monthly Cost Control – Fleet / Product (Cement)
  • Client Service & Marketing – Namibia / SA

Reason for application: Position offered in Windhoek with scope of transfer to Cape Town, South Africa. 

Mar 2011 - Sep 2011

Marketing Manager

* Walvis Import & Export / Sagiko Drinks Namibia

Walvis Bay, Namibia

Key Responsibilities:

  • *Import Duties relating to Road Bond & *Bonded Warehouse Duties
  • Client Service & Marketing – all aspects (imported from Singapore)
  • Promotions & Events Coordinating
  • Invoicing (QuickBooks) / Banking / Pricing / Orders / Stock Control
  • Recon / Admin/ Deliveries to chain stores throughout Namibia

Reason for application: Left family business to work independently.

Nov 2005 - Dec 2010

Operations / Marketing Manager

ACL (African Continent Logistics)

Cape Town, South Africa

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of various transport companies / 3rd parties
  • All aspects of operations (chain stores,  collections / deliveries)
  • Manage & coordinate distribution nationally & all African countries
  • Manage & advise on various services (Airfreight International)
  • Documentation - POD’s (GRV)
  • Cross Border (SAD500) - Asycuda
  • Conformance levels
  • Monthly Costing (Income versus Expenses)
  • Marketing & Quotations
  • Customer Service
  • Various admin duties (SARS, hand-over of docs to clients, etc.)

Reason for termination: Company closed down during recession / Moved to family in Namibia.

Mar 2005 - Oct 2005

Branch Manager

Truckair (Cross Country)

Cape Town

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing all warehouse operations (receiving, dispatch, fleet)
  • Managing distribution to Namibia
  • Coordinating distribution to Namibia
  • Managing timeous collections from local clients
  • Managing timeous deliveries to local clients
  • Managing overnight service to Namibia
  • Personnel Management
  • Payroll Management (Salaries & Wages)
  • Monthly statistic reports on conformance levels
  • Monthly management meetings with clients
  • Monthly Costing Reports to MD, Windhoek
  • Marketing
  • Sales & Quotations
  • Customer Service
  • All branch adminisrative duties (SARS, rental, telephone accounts, etc.)

Reason for termination: Position offered with profit share.

Feb 1999 - Feb 2005

Export Manager

RTT (Railit Total Transportation)

Durban / Pretoria / Windhoek / Cape Town

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing all warehouse operations (receiving, dispatch, fleet & security inspections)
  • Acting branch manager (Windhoek)
  • Managing / coordinating distribution to BLNS countries & Cape Town Outlying areas
  • Managing undelivered reports  – Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho & Outlying
  • Monthly statistic reports on conformance levels
  • Customer Service & Monthly management meetings with clients 
  • Cross Border Documentation & POD’s
  • Quotations to all destinations (BLNS countries, National & International)

Reason for termination: Better proposition.

Dec 1997 - Dec 1998

Co Owner

Lions Den Pub & Take Away

Strand, Western Cape, South Africa

Key Responsibilities:

  • Stock Control (equipment, food & beverages)
  • Daily kitchen & bar operations
  • All finances
  • Managing – all aspects / daily

Reason for termination: Sold for 100% profit – joined corporate division with normal hours.

Jan 1995 - Nov 1997

Admin / Site Supervisor

Maxi Security

Pretoria, South Africa

Key Responsibilities:

  • Monthly Reports & Meetings with RMB Properties
  • Managing security setup & guards at various sites
  • Managing control room & personnel
  • Quotations for new sites
  • General security for various projects

Reason for termination:Moved to Cape Town.

Jan 1993 - Dec 1994

Counter Intelligence

SANDF - National Defense Force

Walvis Bay, Namibia & Pretoria, South Africa

Key Responsibilities:

  • Military system updates
  • Security clearances on military personnel
  • Counter Intelligence investigations
  • Transport for VIP personnel
  • Security for VIP personnel
  • Admin Duties

Reason for termination: 2-year contract (Another 2-years approved, preferred private industry.)

Summary of Employment history

Reference Letters

DHL Reference Letter - original signed copy

25th April 2014

Reference: Yzahn O'Dell

To whom it may concern,

Yzahn O'Dell was employed by DHL Namibia while I was responsible for the business as of 1st August 2013. I found her to be exceptionally hard working with an easy manner with her staff, coupled with an appropriate level of firmness when called for. Her understanding of Operations was obvious having been placed in a situation of crisis with little experience of the DHL processes and procedures, not to mention international express business.

She has proved to be willing to put aside all other concerns to take care of her responsibilities in the workplace an has a significant stamina in being able to deal with sustained pressure over a lengthy period of time.

It should be said that she was, during my time working with her, a mainstay and particularly valuable component in the business turnaround.

I do not hesitate to recommend her to any future employer.

Yours sincerely,
Angus Walsh
Ground and Gateway operations Director - DHL Express Sub Sharan Africa