GHANA – Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has appointed Flora Jika, as its new Managing Director.
According to the parent company, Flora will take up the leadership position at the end of December 2021.
Taking over the helm of the soft-beverage manufacturing and distributing entity, she succeeds Simon Everest who’ll be retiring in December after 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company family.
Flora joins Voltic Ghana from Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) where she is the current Logistics Director.
She hails from a mining engineering background, but changed track in 2008, when she joined the Coca-Cola system.
“Her career since then has been marked by pioneering achievements. Flora has risen through the ranks and has made an invaluable contribution to CCBSA’s Logistics strategy,” stated CCBA.
The logistics expert is hailed for spearheading several projects for CCBSA, including the implementation of the first 30 metre truck/trailer combination in the FMCG industry in South Africa.
Most recently, she has been working on a project aimed at reducing freight on the roads and moving it to rail. Once completed, the project will result in reduced trucks on the road and improved safety.
She holds an undergraduate and a post-graduate degree in the Mining Engineering and Industrial Engineering fields respectively, from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Flora says that she is looking forward to working with the team in Ghana and enjoying the social culture.
She is passionate about helping women to grow and feels it is vital to have structures in place to keep women engaged as they rise up the ranks.
This includes allocating mentors to female employees, encouraging conversations between women, and sharing ideas about how to manage family and work commitments.
Flora joins a team that highly invests in life changing corporate social investments in the areas of health, sanitation, environment, education, women empowerment and rural developments as part of its contribution to the sustainable development of Ghana.
Recently Voltic Ghana, provided drinking water to the children of Medie outside Accra, as part of its Water for Schools programme.
A total of 300 children, from nursery to junior high, are benefiting from the project.
The company is running the initiative in partnership with its neighbour Joy2theWorld, a non-governmental organisation that provides education to needy children.
In addition, the business joined the Green Ghana Project championed by the Government of Ghana to plant five million trees to help improve Ghana’s green cover and save the depleting forest reserves.
Collaborating with the Ghana Forestry Commission management and employees supported the initiative by planting 100 tree seedlings across the company’s factories and offices at Akwadum, Medie and Roman Ridge.