AfDB appoints Atsuko TODA as acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development

AFRICA – The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the appointment of Ms. Atsuko TODA as Acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 16 March 2021. She takes over the position from Wambui Gichuri who was also appointed on acting capacity from 5th July 2020. The position was left vacant following the resignation of Dr Jennifer Blanke on purely family reasons, intending to rejoin her family in Switzerland after a very fulfilling time at the bank. Atsuko, a Japanese citizen, is a seasoned professional with over…

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Zambeef Products names new Non-Executive Directors in company’s Board

ZAMBIA – Zambeef Product Plc, the integrated cold chain foods and retail business with operations in Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana, has announced the appointment of Katebe Monica Musonda, Pearson Gowero and Roman Frenkel to the company Board as Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect. The appointees replace Margaret Kunda Chalwe-Mudenda, Professor Enala Lyson Tembo-Mwase and John Rabb, who resigned and stepped down from the decision making and policy formulating committee effective 5th March 2021. Monica Musonda who will be the Chair of the Remuneration Committee, is an accomplished business executive with…

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Nigerian QRS operator Eat ‘N’ Go adds to Patrick McMichael’s docket Group Managing Director role

NIGERIA – Eat ‘n’ Go Limited, franchise owners of Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt has announced the promotion its current Chief Executive Officer Patrick McMichael to lead the business group as Group Managing Director and CEO. In his new role, he will be overseeing all the activities within the group and will further help the company achieve its goals in the Nigerian market. McMichael joined Eat’N’Go as CEO in 2018, after nearly 30 years working with Domino’s. He started out as a trainee manager in Sydney,…

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Coca-Cola Nigeria elevates Amaka Onyemelukwe to be Director Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability

NIGERIA – The Coca-Cola Company has appointed Amaka Onyemelukwe to be the Director Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability (PACS) for its Nigeria operations. Prior to her appoint to the new stint, Amaka was the Head Public Affairs, Communication & Sustainability for Coca-Cola Nigeria. At her former docket she assiduously protected and grew the company’s reputation and social license, mitigated against discriminatory taxes and adverse regulations. She also built and implemented high impact community programmes to promote sustainable development and support global commitments, while also safeguarding the company’s assets and assured…

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EABL taps into parent company’s Britain Managing Director to be board member

KENYA – East African Breweries Limited has announced the appointment of Dayalan Nayager, as a non-executive director on the twelve-member board. Dayalan is currently the Managing Director for Diageo Great Britain and he is a member of the Diageo Europe Executive team, reports Kenyan Wallstreet. He replaces Andrew Cowan, the former Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EABL, who has taken up the role of Diageo’s Managing Director for African Regional Markets. Diageo’s Africa regional markets comprise operations in Ghana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, the Indian Ocean islands and Angola.…

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Diageo completes purchase of Chase Distillery as its company secretary retires

US – British alcoholic beverages manufacturer Diageo has completed its acquisition of British gin and vodka maker, Chase Distillery, following regulatory clearance amid competition concerns. Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur William Chase, the Chase Distillery portfolio includes seven gins, four vodkas and an elderflower liqueur. Chase Distillery generated £13.6m revenues in the 12 months to the end of 2019, according to accounts filed at Companies House. During the covid-19 period, a boost in demand for gin & tonics in Britain helped spirits group Chase Distillery offset the collapse in on-trade…

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Coca-Cola to drive growth at Kenya’s coastal region, appoints Seth Adu-Baah as Coastal Bottlers limited CEO

KENYA – Coastal Bottlers limited, one of Coca-Cola’s leading local independent franchise bottling partners in Kenya, has appointed Seth Adu-Baah as the new CEO. Seth joins the beverage company headquartered in Mombasa, from Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana Limited, to lead the growth and expansion of the soft beverage business in the region that covers the six counties of Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Lamu, Taita-Taveta and Tana River. While at Coca-Cola Ghana, Seth created a high performing team that shared his passion, commitment, and solutions-focused approach to running the business, innovated…

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IFAD reappoints its president Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo for a second four-year term

TOGO – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations has announced the reappointment of Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, a senior official and former Prime Minister of Togo, as its head for a second term. IFAD’s board of governors, the Fund’s main decision-making body, has renewed its trust in him, for a second four-year term. Gilbert has headed the Rome-based institution since 2017. Not long after he was reappointed, the Togolese announced, on social networks that he would focus, during his new term, on consolidating actions…

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Coca-Cola taps former Safaricom executive to be Vice President of East and Central Africa franchise

KENYA – Coca-Cola Africa has appointed Debra Mallowah as the new Vice President for the East and Central Africa franchise effective February 15, 2021. Debra takes the helm of the company from Phillipine Mtikikiti who has also been appointed in a similar position at the South African franchise, based in Johannesburg. In her new role which will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, Debra will oversee the development and implementation of business strategies across the beverage making company. She is a highly accomplished leader with a wealth of experience gained within…

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2020: A Review: The executive corner in Africa’s food industry gains new talent in 2020

By Catherine Wanjiku As the saying goes, “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” The food industry in Africa understands this too well as companies recruited the crème de la crème to join their organizations in 2020, especially at the senior most levels to exude their leadership prowess during these uncertain times characterized by multiple disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the notable appointments that made headlines in 2020 include: South African food manufacturing giant Tiger Brands, announced the stepping down of Khotso…

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