NIGERIA – Ben Langat has been appointed Managing Director of leading Nigerin dairy company, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, effective 13 March 2017.
Langat, who joins the dairy company from his previous position at leading bottler Nigerian Bottling will report to Roel van Neerbos, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Products Europe, Middle East and Africa, and he will be based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Until June 2016, Langat was the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company where he led major business transformation, route to market plan growing volumes and market share and delivered double digit growth despite economic challenges.
Langat has over 24 years work experience spanning various senior management roles in Unilever Kenya, Malawi and Ghana respectively.
According to a statement by FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, he further expanded the business into new categories including the successful launch of Pulpy beverage variant. He also developed a strong talented team for the business over the period.
He also held the position of Finance Director of Nigeria Bottling Company from June 2009 to October 2012.
Langat, a Kenyan, is an Accountant by profession with a degree in Commerce at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston having completed the Advanced Management Program.
Langat is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya CPA (K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and former Council Member Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
He has done several professional courses including the Excel Leadership program from IMD, Lausanne.
“Langat is a strong people leader with high interpersonal skills with a track record of developing talent and capability development. His strong business acumen has led to a successful career,” notes the company in the statement.
Langat succeeds Rahul Colaco, who has taken over the Executive Director, Business Group China for the Royal FrieslandCampina dairy group.
It is a major player in the Nigerian dairy industry, nourishing Nigerians with quality dairy nutrition with key brands as Peak, Three Crowns and Friso.
March 3, 2017