Packaging group Silafrica appoints Gavin Dehning as Group CEO

KENYA – African leading packaging supplier for the food, beverage and health industry, Silafrica has appointed Gavin Dehning as new Group CEO.

He will lead the company operations mainly in East Africa and the surrounding regions, supporting the demand for world class plastic packaging solutions in the market.

Prior to his appointment, Gavin worked with GSK Djibouti as chief operating officer (COO) from 2015 to 2018.

GSK Djibouti operates twenty-seven companies among them including NYK, Mearsk shipping lines, Bollore Logistics, DHL, Coca-Cola, and Tetra Pak.

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During his tenure at the company, he is lauded to have played a critical role in diversifying the Group’s interests into the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) space, bringing a world class Coca-Cola facility to Somaliland and the greater Somali region.

He is said to have been instrumental in the establishment of state-of-the-art dairy facilities in Hargeisa and Djibouti, a snack food facility and a commercial farm, with juice pulping facilities for export.

“With recent major investments in manufacturing technology and equipment, Silafrica is poised to achieve new levels of growth and success throughout Africa and beyond,” said Silafrica Group Managing Director, Akshay Shah.

“In Gavin, we have a dynamic, accomplished individual with a track record of building and launching world class facilities.

He will play an important role in our company’s future success.”

In 2010, Gavin was appointed Managing Director of Somaliland Beverage Industries, becoming a shareholder and head of the FMCG portfolio in 2013, and finally taking up the Group COO position in 2015.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin holds a university degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

With this kind of great leadership, Gavin is set to strengthen Silafrica’s well-established, high quality packaging solutions portfolio while building on more than half a century expertise in supporting both leading global and regional consumer brands.

Silafrica is an established packaging leader in the East Africa region, supplying to some of the largest food and beverage brands in the world, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Heineken, Unilever, SAB Miller and many others.

“It is truly a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers such high-quality products and services, innovates for a roster of valued clients, develops a talented workforce, and does its part to be a leader in responsible sustainability,” said Dehning.

“We are an organization led by a purpose – to make a positive and meaningful impact on everyone that Silafrica serves. I will do my utmost to serve our stakeholders and our people in fulfilling that mission.” 

The company is looking to expand its manufacturing footprint beyond Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

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