KENYA – East African Breweries Plc has appointed Anne-Joy Michira as the Marketing & Innovation Director for East Africa with effect from 1st May 2022, taking over from Graham Villiers-Tuthill.
Until her appointment, Anne Joy, was holding fort as acting Marketing Director for the company’s subsidiary, Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL).
Prior to the announcement, she was the Head of Marketing – Beer for EABL and was pivotal in building and growing some of East Africa’s biggest brands, revitalizing Tusker and Bell lager, awakening WhiteCap and strengthening Guinness across East Africa.
She also led Kenya’s Spirits Marketing where she is credited with spearheading the explosion of Mainstream Spirits (MSS) brands like Kenya Cane and Chrome Vodka.
Anne Joy takes over the new role having an extensive commercial career spanning over 16 years, working in both trade & brand marketing roles.
In a statement, EABL hailed Anne Joy as a big business leader, passionate about propelling young Africans to action enabling them recognize and leverage their purpose to deliver transformation.
“Anne Joy’s desire is to infect them with enthusiasm for continuous excellence, drive innovative thinking and work with them to inculcate a culture of respect, integrity and responsibility,” stated the alcoholic drinks maker.
She began her career as a Trade Marketing Representative at British American Tobacco (BAT) and progressed into roles with increasing responsibilities over 10 years.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Nairobi and Higher Diploma in Management of Information Systems from Kenya College of Accountancy.
Her appointment is testament to the Marketing talent in East Africa and EABL’s Inclusion & Diversity agenda.
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