Famous Brands makes new board appointment, expects sharp improvement in headline earnings

SOUTH AFRICA – South African restaurant franchisor, Famous Brands, has announced the appointment of Ms Busisiwe Mathe as an independent Non-executive Director to the Board of Directors of the company, effective from 20 October 2021. Busisiwe, who holds a B. Com Accounting and a Higher Diploma in Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, is a Chartered Accountant and a registered member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has held several leadership positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) including as Chairperson of the South African Governing Board, member of the…

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Kenya Tea Development Agency board names Wilson Muthaura as group CEO

KENYA – The Kenya Tea Development Agency Holdings board has announced the appointment of Wilson Muthaura as the group CEO with effect from October 1, 2021. Until the appointment, Mr. Muthaura has been the acting Group CEO of KTDA Holdings Limited, taking over the position from Lerionka Tiampati, who resigned as the head of the agency in September. Prior to his tenure at KTDA, Mr. Tiampati was a banker before moving to Ketepa, a subsidiary of KTDA, as Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Four years later, in 2004, he moved…

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Kakuzi taps into expertise of PR guru Gina Din-Kariuki to be member of its Human Rights Committee

KENYA – Kenyan integrated agri-business firm, Kakuzi Plc, has named Mrs Gina Din-Kariuki, a respected and leading businesswoman, philanthropist and champion of Women’s rights, as a member of its newly formed Independent Human Rights Advisory Committee (IHRAC). The appointment of Mrs Din-Kariuki to the IHRAC marks the finalizing of the constitution of the IHRAC committee chaired by former Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai. “The Board of Kakuzi Plc is pleased to announce the entry of Mrs Din-Kariuki to the Independent Human Rights Advisory Committee. “Her entry, following an in-depth selection…

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Tate & Lyle appoints Bill Magee as President, North America for Food & Beverage Solutions

UK – British-headquartered, global supplier of food and beverage ingredients Tate & Lyle PLC has appointed William ‘Bill’ Magee as President, North America, Food & Beverage Solutions, with effect from 1 October 2021.   “Bill has been an outstanding leader of our North America business and has consistently delivered strong growth in the region,” said Nick Hampton, Chief Executive Officer of Tate & Lyle.  “His expertise and customer understanding will be invaluable as we re-position Tate & Lyle as a growth-focused global speciality food and beverage solutions business.”  Bill who now becomes a member of Tate & Lyle’s…

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Chi Limited taps into expertise of dairy industry veteran Eelco Weber to lead company

NIGERIA – Chi Limited, Nigeria’s leading fruit juice, drinking yoghurt, evaporated milk, and snacks manufacturing company, has appointed Eelco Weber as its new Managing Director. Eelco has had a long and illustrious career in the food industry and mostly in the dairy sector, serving companies such as Nutricia, Danone, Nutricima, Bio Food Products and Ma Cuisine Limited. At Nutricia, a division of Danone that specialises in therapeutic food and clinical nutrition, Eelco held different senior position roles, serving as Project Manager, General Manager of Sales and Commercial Director both in…

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Retail startup MarketForce appoints FMCG distribution veteran Arthur Bourekas as Chief Commercial Officer

KENYA – MarketForce, Kenya headquartered B2B platform for retail distribution of consumer goods, with operations in Nigeria, has appointed Arthur Bourekas as the Chief Commercial Officer, effective 1st October 2021. Mr. Arthur has over 25 years of experience executing commercial growth, logistics and distribution in some of the most challenging countries in the world. He worked for A.G. Leventis (Nigeria) PLC and PZ cussons in Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia. He is a veteran FMCG distribution expert in Africa, where he has spent over 17 years supporting conglomerates listed on…

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CCBA’s Ghanaian unit Voltic Limited names Flora Jika as new Managing Director

GHANA – Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has appointed Flora Jika, as its new Managing Director. According to the parent company, Flora will take up the leadership position at the end of December 2021. Taking over the helm of the soft-beverage manufacturing and distributing entity, she succeeds Simon Everest who’ll be retiring in December after 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company family. Flora joins Voltic Ghana from Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) where she is the current Logistics Director. She hails from a mining engineering background,…

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Africa’s first lab grown meat developer Mzansi beefs up leadership team as it readies growth

SOUTH AFRICA – Mzansi Meat, Africa’s first cultivated meat start-up based in South Africa has appointed Dr Wade Edwards (PhD) to be its new Research and Development (R&D) Director. Dr Wade brings with him over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and the commercialisation of research and innovation in the Life Sciences, Biotechnology and Engineering sectors. In addition to his PhD in Biotechnology and majors in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Rhodes University, he participated in the Executive Education Programme hosted by the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Founded last…

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Astral Foods undertakes new executive appointments, introduces new role

SOUTH AFRICA – Astral Foods Limited (Astral), South Africa’s leading integrated poultry producer, has appointed Mr. Gary Arnold, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Astral with effect from 1 October 2021. This new position has been introduced with a specific mandate to optimise expansion opportunities and continuous improvement initiatives, whilst effectively allocating capital and human resources across all Astral divisions. Mr. Arnold, who is currently the Managing Director of Astral’s Agriculture Division, will continue to report to the Chief Executive Officer of the company. He has been with the…

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South Africa based Premier FMCG names Fritz Grobbelaar as its new CFO

SOUTH AFRICA – Premier FMCG, one of South Africa’s leading and oldest consumer goods company, has appointed Fritz Grobbelaar to be its new CFO. Fritz takes over the position that was left vacant by Kobus Gertenbach, who was appointed the CEO of the company in March following the retirement of its former head Tjaart Kruger. The new CFO will build on the solid financial manufacturing foundation that has been established within Premier FMCG. “Sweating the detail is a crucial part of Fritz’s success combined with a strong focus on leadership…

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