GHANA – Nestle Ghana, a global food and beverage company has appointed Philomina Tan as new Managing Director effective August 2018, succeeding Mrs Freda Duplan who has been promoted as the Market Head of Nestlé Pakistan.
Tan was Business Executive Officer (BEO) for Milo Malaysia and Singapore and in her new role she will be responsible for Nestlé’s businesses in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone under the Central and West Africa Region of the Company, according to GNA.
With 20 years at Nestle after joining Nestlé Malaysia in 1997 as a Market Research Executive, she brings to Ghana a wealth of experience in the food and beverage category.
She is said to have taken roles and responsibilities in Malaysia’s Ice Cream Business, before joining the MILO Business Unit as the Consumer Marketing Manager.
She was promoted to the Business Executive Officer for Chilled Dairy in 2011 then to Business Executive Officer for MILO business in Malaysia and Singapore.
“Philomena is an incredible Business Executive.
Since the start of her career in Nestlé, she has demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and a drive for success at the highest level.
Her knack for excellence and approach to challenges undoubtedly makes her suitable for this role,” said Remy Ejel, the Market Head of Nestlé Central and West Africa.
Diversity and gender balance
A statement issued in Accra noted that her appointment formed part of the Nestlé’s Global commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and the enhancement of gender balance in its workforce and empowerment of women across the entire value chain.
Tan is the second Female Managing Director in the history of Nestlé Coastal Cluster (Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone) while Freda was the First African Female to achieve this rank within Nestle.
Commenting on the matter, Chairman of Nestlé Ghana and Managing Director of the National Investment Bank (NIB) said the company looked forward to working with her as a team to continue contributing to economic development.
On her part, Tan said she considered the role as a new challenge and an opportunity to learn more about the rich culture of the continent, and to work with the team to continue building the over 60 years’ legacy of Nestlé in Nutrition Health and Wellness in Ghana.