SOUTH AFRICA – Tsholofelo Ngobeni has become the first woman to hold the head of manufacturing position at South Africa’s largest dairy producer, Danone.

According to the company, the appointment was effective 1 May 2023. It added that Tsholofelo is a seasoned operations leader, with experience in operations, safety, quality & food safety, supply chain, and engineering in the FMCG sector locally and internationally.

“She has demonstrated capabilities, with a strong work ethic and a focus on ensuring that health, safety, and environmental issues are prioritized which aligns deeply with the Danone brand values,” the dairy giant said, noting that Tsholofelo is a remarkable individual with the extensive expertise required to take on a role of this magnitude.

We’re excited to witness her personal growth and contribution to the business, in this role,” said Kid Nkantsu, Danone Southern Africa operations director.

“To be the first woman appointed in this position at Danone Southern Africa is not only about breaking barriers but also paving the way for future generations of women to succeed and thrive in the industry.”

Nkanstu described Tsholofelo as a calm and objective-orientated individual who will be most valuable with the implementation of a modern and innovative manufacturing strategy, as well as solid strategic operational goals that aim to result in even higher product quality, integrity, and customer satisfaction.

On her appointment, Tsholofelo expressed her eagerness to take monumental steps with the company that believes that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected.

Before joining Danone, she worked at Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and was previously employed by Bimbo QSR Kellogg Company SA, L’Oréal SA, Henkel, and BMW SA.

Tsholofelo holds a qualification in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. She also completed the Certified Supply Chain Professional(CSCP) program and Certification in Planning & Inventory Management(CPIM) with APICS.

At the beginning of the year, Danone Southern Africa appointed Hervé Orama Barrere as its new managing director.

During the appointment, the company revealed that during the 17 years that it has been operating in South Africa, consumer preference for its products has propelled Danone to the number one position in the market.

The appointment launched a new phase of responsibility for Barrere to ensure the continued success and growth of Danone Southern Africa and its full brand portfolio

 “At Danone, we believe in a sustainable business model where profit and planet are interconnected. In 2023 we will aim to reinforce our market position and continue to bring health to more South Africans, through food.” Barrere commented.

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