KENYA – Kenyan milling and baking company, Broadway Group of Companies, has appointed Francis Musila as its new CEO.

Francis is an accomplished operations executive and business leader with over 26 years work experience.

He spent his first 12 working years with Barclays Bank where he built his financial, people and business management skills working in the UK, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

In addition, he was heavily involved in operations, projects and people management across the Barclays Africa businesses, maintaining a keen interest in efficiency, process improvement, coaching and mentoring.

An Engineer by training, Francis took these skills to the national airline, Kenya Airways, where he presided over a complete overhaul and growth of the airline’s fleet as Head of Fleet Development.

He later went on to run the Operations Control Centre. Success here led to his appointment to Executive Management as Director of Ground Operations, followed by Director of the Technical Department and finally Director of Fleet & Special Projects.

He drove these respective departments through turnaround exercises delivering savings and operational improvements, before taking early retirement in December 2020.

“Francis is an experienced executive and business leader and we are excited to have him as part of the leadership of Broadway Group of Companies.

“He is calm, disciplined, solution-oriented, people-focused and likes to get things done,” highlighted the company in a LinkedIn post while announcing the appointment.

Francis joins one of the iconic food manufacturing companies in the country, boasting of having operated for over 60 years.

Still in pursuit to maintain its leadership position in the local market, Broadway Group leverages on innovation of novel products and investment in cutting edge technologies.

Earlier last year, the company through its Broadway Bakery launched first of its kind 50/50 bread, made from a combination of white bread flour and brown bread flour, produced in its newly opened production facility.

The revolutionary baked good enriched with essential fiber and 60% low on sugar compared to the white bread, earned the baker an accolade at the 2021 Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards.

The new offering is an addition to its product portfolio comprising of its famous unsliced bread, while sliced bread, brown sliced bread, sandwich bread and the newly introduced Mando bites.

Meanwhile, the group’s other subsidiary Bakex Millers, which has been in operation since 1983, also bagged a Silver award for packaging makeover of its Bakex Bread/Brown Bread Flour retail packs.

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