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. During his tenure at the…

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SunOpta ousts CEO David J. Colo on poor results, divests soy and corn business

CANADA – Global organic food company, SunOpta has announced that it has terminated the tenure of president and chief executive officer, David J. Colo following disappointing financial results. The company which also cited desire for a change in leadership for CEO ouster, reported a loss of $117.11 million in the year ended Dec. 29, 2018 compared with a loss of $143.12 million in fiscal 2017. In the forth quarter, revenue increased by 9.6%, while it generated double-digit revenue growth in both Consumer Products and Global Ingredient segments. While the company…

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Bunge names Gregory A. Heckman acting Chief Executive Officer

USA – The global agricultural and food company, Bunge Ltd has appointed Board member Gregory A. Heckman as acting Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. He succeeds Soren Schroder who in December unveiled intentions to step down from the company. Heckman joined Bunge Board in 2018 after having served as CEO of The Gavilon Group and in senior executive roles at ConAgra Foods. With over 30 years of experience in agriculture, energy and food processing industries, he will be charged to oversee organisational growth in both agribusiness and food ingredients categories.…

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tna names Jonathan Rankin new Chief Executive Officer

AUSTRALIA – Packaging group, tna solutions Pty Ltd has appointed Jonathan Rankin as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the company’s global food packaging and processing operations. Jonathan re-joined tna in Decemner 2017 as chief sales officer to head-up global sales division and support customers across all tna businesses around the world. He has over three decades of experience in the food industry held various global management roles at tna from 1993 until 2003. He is said to be well-versed in the company’s culture, business objectives and portfolio…

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Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey named chairman, Muhtar Kent to retire

USA – The Coca-Cola Company Chief Executive James Quincey has been elected as the 14th chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, succeeding Muhtar Kent, who plans to retire in April 2019. Quincey currently serves as the President and CEO of the company and his appointment to chairman and CEO position will be ratified at the company’s annual meeting in April 2019. Kent’s retirement comes after 40-year career with the Coca-Cola system and he will remain as the company’s chairman through the 2019 annual meeting, where he will not stand for re-election…

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa appoints Jacques Vermeulen new group CEO

SOUTH AFRICA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa has announced the appointment of Jacques Vermeulen as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2018. He succeeds Doug Jackson, CCBA’s current group chief executive, and a 35-year veteran of the Coca-Cola system. Vermeulen has served as managing director of CCBA’s International Division, which covers all of CCBA’s Africa operations outside South Africa, since July 2016. He first joined Coca-Cola in 1995. “Jacques brings his strong leadership and exceptional experience into this role. His appointment…

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Buhler names Andy Sharpe new North American president and CEO

USA – Buhler Inc., global company in process engineering and technology for food, feed, and advanced industrial materials has named Andy Sharpe as the next president and chief executive officer of Buhler, Inc., effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Rene Steiner, who is retiring following a 50-year career with Buhler, and will remain with the company through the transition. Sharpe was president and CEO of Buhler Aeroglide, a drying applications and thermal processes specialist in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. and had served in the position since April 2015. He joined Buhler…

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Heineken’s Rwandan subsidiary appoints Merid Demissie as new Managing Director

RWANDA – Bralirwa Plc, a local Rwandan subsidiary of Heineken has named Merid Demissie, an Ethiopian as the company’s new Managing Director effective January 1, 2019, reports New Times. Demissie will succeed Victor Madiela after his two years of service as the Managing director in the company. Merid’s appointment sheds more light into the company based on his past performance as he joins from the Heineken Ethiopia where he started in January 2014 as a Sales Director. Demissie has in the past five years structured a new sales and marketing…

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Unilever CEO to retire, Alan Jope named successor effective January 1

NETHERLANDS – Consumer products multinational Unilever Plc has announced that Chief Executive Officer, Paul Polman is set to retire from the company and will be replaced by Alan Jope, who is president of the company’s beauty and personal care division effective 1 January 2019. Polman will stay on in a supporting role, will officially retire as CEO and as a Board member on 31 December 2018 and leave the company in early July. He was commended for delivering consistent top- and bottom-line growth ahead of its markets and providing a…

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Kenya’s coffee and tea major Sasini CEO Stephen Githiga to resign

KENYA – Sasini Plc, one of Kenya’s major tea and coffee producers has announced that the company’s board has accepted the resignation bid from its Chief Executive Officer Stephen Githiga who is expected to exit by the end of the year. According to the company statement seen by Business Daily, the CEO tendered his resignation after he chose not to renew his two-year contract which is set to expire before the end of the year. The firm which is listed on Nairobi Stock Exchange, has kicked off the search for…

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