UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), subsidiary of the East African Breweries Limited (EABL), has appointed Andrew Kilonzo as its new Managing Director, with effect from 1st April 2022.
Prior to naming of the new company head, Eunice Waweru, was the acting Managing Director of UBL following the executive reshuffling undertaken by the parent company late last year that saw Alvin Mbugua take up a new stint abroad.
Alvin, who had been at the helm of UBL for about two years, was appointed to lead the Caribbean & Central America business with the Latin America and Caribbean region, effective September 1, 2021.
The job promotion will enable Alvin to offer his expertise in strategic and effective leadership to CCA, the largest beer business in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.
The new company head, Andrew has held several Executive roles across Diageo to include previously serving as the Sales Director in Uganda at UBL from 2010 to 2013, driving a turnaround within the business during this significant period when new investment in UBL was just starting.
He was also the Commercial Director at Kenya Breweries Limited since 2016, where he leveraged cutting-edge technology tools to build efficiency and effectiveness.
As a result, KBL has received numerous Global awards on these initiatives and projects.
Prior to that, he served as Sales Director for the Premium Trade business in Kenya from 2013, where he led the spirits transformation by driving a robust IPS and reserve brands consumer participation.
“Congratulations Andrew, we wish you success in this new assignment. We have every confidence that you shall transform UBL to the next level,” highlighted the brewer of Bell Lager.
Andrew is currently the Managing Director of Meta Abo business in Ethiopia where he is overseeing the transition of its Ethiopian beer business to BGI Castel, which will ensure future growth opportunities for the business and its people.
Diageo took over the reins of the Ethiopian brewery which was initially government owned, exactly a decade ago, after sealing a US$255 million privatization deal.
After finalization of the deal, Diageo will continue to service the Ethiopian market with its international spirits portfolio through its dedicated imported spirits’ channel.
In other related news, the British drinks maker, has appointed Dayalan Nayager, the current Managing Director of Diageo Great Britain as President Africa.
Dayalan who will also join the Diageo Executive Committee, brings his extensive leadership expertise and knowledge about the consumer goods industry to Africa’s alcohol beverage sector.
He takes over the leadership of the region from John O’Keeffe who will be replacing Sam Fischer, as President Asia Pacific and Global Travel.