Change of guard at South Africa’s iconic winery Spier as alcohol industry faces turmoil

SOUTH AFRICA – One of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, Spier, has promoted its long-serving Cellar Master, Frans Smit, to be its Managing Director after 25 years of winemaking and viticultural leadership. To succeed him is his protégé, Johan Jordaan, the new Cellar Master of the three centuries old winery. The historic Stellenbosch-based farm, established in 1692, is renowned for developing awarded, quality wines in local and international markets.  From the vineyards where Spier sources grapes to the cellar producing terroir-driven wines, there’s a well-recognised commitment to the sustainability of…

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Botswana based Sechaba Brewery Holdings names Mabu Nteta as its new Managing Director

BOTSWANA – Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SBHL), an investment holding company with 60% controlling interest in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KLB) and Botswana Breweries (Pty) Limited, has appointed Ms. Mabu Nteta to the position of Managing Director with effect from 1 July 2021. SBHL’s subsidiary, Kgalagadi Breweries, produces lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license. The brewery has four traditional beer breweries, a clear beer brewery, a sparkling soft drinks production plant and six sales and distribution centres in Botswana. Meanwhile its other unit, Botswana Breweries produces…

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CCBA elevates Tshidi Ramogase to be Director Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability

SOUTH AFRICA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has appointed Tshidi Ramogase as the Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability (PACS) Director of the company. A seasoned Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability veteran, Tshidi was Head of PACS at CCBA since 2019, prior to her recent appointment. She has also served as a Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director since 2016 and occupied the same role at legacy ABI from February 2010. She has also previously worked in Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for leading multinationals across both…

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CCBA promotes former Coca-Cola Kwanza CEO Andrew Musingo to be its Chief Integration Officer

SOUTH AFRICA – The Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has appointed Andrew Musingo as the new Chief Integration Officer, effective 01 August 2021. Andrew has been promoted to the new role after completing his task as the Chief Executive Officer at the Tanzanian subsidiary of CCBA, Coca-Cola Kwanza. He handed over his previous leadership role to Unguu Sulay, who became the new Managing Director of Coca-Cola Kwanza from 28th June 2021. Unguu took over the helm of the company from Plasco Limited where he was the Chief Financial Officer. In his new…

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Jorge Mesquita to steer Blue Triton Brands into future as an independent water business

US – BlueTriton Brands, the former US and Canadian operations of Nestle Waters, has appointed Jorge Mesquita as the new chief executive officer.   Mr. Mesquita, a trained chemical engineer, joins BlueTriton from Johnson & Johnson, where he was executive vice president and worldwide chairman of the company’s consumer division.   Before that he spent nearly 30 years at The Procter & Gamble Co., where he held several leadership roles, including group president of global fabric care and president of global home care.  In his new role, Mr. Mesquita will lead the company’s growth and innovation initiatives…

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Yalelo Zambia welcomes new boss Ulric Daniel to steer company into future growth

ZAMBIA – FirstWave Group, Africa’s leading vertically integrated aquaculture firm, has announced the appointment of Ulric Daniel as the company’s Country Director in Zambia. FirstWave, specializes in tilapia production, distribution, and retail through its flagship company Yalelo Zambia and recently inaugurated Yalelo Uganda. It also undertakes feed production through Aller Aqua Zambia. With the appointment, Ulric Daniel will oversee FirstWave’s feed and fish production value chain activities in Zambia through Yalelo Zambia and JV Aller Aqua Zambia. He takes over the leadership from Bryan McCoy, who has handed over the…

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Coca-Cola Kwanza names Unguu Sulay as new CEO shortly after strategic executive changes

TANZANIA – Coca-Cola Kwanza, Tanzanian subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), has appointed Unguu Sulay as the new Managing Director with effective 28th June 2021. Mr Sulay takes over the helm of the company from Andrew Musingo, who was the CEO of the organization since January 2020. The new appointee brings on board extensive leadership experience in risk and compliance, business strategy and governance. He joins Coca-Cola Kwanza from Plasco Limited where he was the Chief Financial Officer. Mr Sulay has also worked at Alliance One Tobacco, Tanga Cement and…

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AfDB taps expertise of Dr Beth Dunford to be Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development

AFRICA – The African Development Bank Group (AfDB.org) has announced the appointment of Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 1st July 2021. Dr. Dunford, a national of the United States of America, brings extensive experience to this role having held senior level leadership positions in the US government. She is feted for having managed large and complex programs, working with the private sector, civil society, and multilateral and bilateral institutions, as well as with African governments, to deliver agricultural, social and human development impact…

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CCBA’s first Chairperson Phil Gutsche steps down, company appoints Bruno Pietracci

SOUTH AFRICA – The Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has announced the appointment of Bruno Pietracci as the new Chairperson of the company board, taking over from Mr Phil Gutsche who recently stepped down. Mr Gutsche was CCBA’s first Chairperson following the merger of the Southern and East Africa bottling operations of The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola Sabco), SABMiller plc and the Gutsche Family Investments – majority shareholders in Coca-Cola Sabco in 2016, forming the new bottler, CCBA. The company has paid tribute to Mr Phil Gutsche highlighting that, “Although Mr Gutsche will…

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Uganda Breweries Limited appoints three new Non-Executive Directors to its board

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), subsidiary of the East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has announced the appointment of Jane Karuku, the recently named Group Managing Director of EABL, as a Non – Executive Director, alongside Eric Kiniti and Rachel Dumba. Prior to becoming the head of the Group’s drinks business in the region, Jane was the Managing Director of Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), a sister company of UBL. She is a dynamic business leader, with strong management experience spanning over 20 years in FMCG and Non-Governmental Organizations. With an…

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