EASTERN AFRICA – Nestlé, food and beverage manufacturer, has appointed Arvind Bhandari as the new Cluster Head for East and Horn of Africa, which forms part of Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR).

Bhandari assumed the role on 01 August 2022, succeeding the previous Cluster Head, Ng’entu Njeru, who has since taken on the role of Regional Commercial Manager, Nestlé ESAR 

As the new Cluster Head, he will be based at Nestle’s Kenyan office to manage operations in not only the country but also Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda markets.

His appointment signifies a comeback to Nestle ESAR, as he worked at the culinary business unit at Nestlé South Africa after his first transfer within the company in 2004 from Nestle India, where he held the role of Senior Brand Manager for Maggi Noodles.

In South Africa, he was also instrumental in establishing the Maggi business in the market and driving aggressive growth in noodles.

He has since made strides within the company, occupying different roles including Director: Nestlé Dairy, and Vice President and Regional Business Head Nestlé Nutrition in the South Asia region.

In his recent role, Bhandari led the Nestlé Global Category across 40 countries globally. He led exceptional growth in Wyeth Nutrition at Nestlé based in Switzerland, through consolidation of business in China, refocusing on key markets and expansion to new markets of Europe and Latin America.

In congratulating Bhandari on his appointment, Bruno Olierhoek, Chairman and Managing Director at Nestlé ESAR, said, “We are excited to work closely with Bhandari as he re-joins the East and Southern African Region to oversee our business in East Africa. 

“His pursuit for driving growth and development has delivered exemplary results and we look forward to working with him as he continues his expansion legacy for our brands.

“Key to his role will be the growth of our accessible nutrition portfolio, helping the business in the region achieve its purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance the quality of life for all.”

Bhandari is an alumni of the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, and he holds a Master of Business Administration from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai, India.

In other related news, the food giant has launched the Nestlé Youth Entrepreneurship Platform (YEP), a new digital platform for young innovators and entrepreneurs.

The platform targets youths who want to learn new knowledge and skills, test an idea or grow their businesses, in areas ranging from food science and technology to the development of products and services – including regenerative agriculture and sustainable packaging.

It brings together all Nestlé’s existing innovation initiatives and programs in one place which include Nestlé R+D Accelerator, Purina Unleashed, Nestlé Hellas, El Salvador and CEO X Youth Connect.

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