Paul Cruickshank slated to take reins of South Africa based RCL Foods as Miles Dally retires

SOUTH AFRICA – South African consumer goods and milling company, RCL Foods, has promoted its Chief Operating Officer of the Food Division, Paul Cruickshank as the company CEO. Paul will be taking over the helm of the company from Miles Dally who will be retiring from the company effective November 30. According to the JSE listed company, Miles Dally has been the head of the organization since 2003. “The board would like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to Miles for his invaluable leadership and contribution throughout his 18…

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McDonald’s names first chief customer officer as Indian franchise plans to open over 25 stores annually

US/INDIA – American fast-food chain company McDonald’s has promoted Manu Steijaert to the newly created role of executive vice president and global chief customer officer, effective Aug. 1.   Mr. Steijaert will report to McDonald’s President and chief executive officer Chris Kempczinski and will lead McDonald’s new customer experience team.  The team combines several existing teams responsible for end-to-end customer experience — data analytics, digital customer engagement, global marketing, global restaurant development, and restaurant solutions.  Mr. Steijaert- the son of a former McDonald’s franchisee – brings to his new role more than 20 years of experience in the McDonald’s…

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Utz Brands makes 3 executive appointments to oversee growth ambitions post public listing

USA – Utz Brands, one of the largest snack food manufacturers in the United States, is bulking its executive ranks as it embarks on an ambitious expansion drive post public listing.   The company recently announced a series of appointments to its C-suite, including the appointment of a COO, a new position at the company, a CFO, and a chief people officer.   Cary Devore, who has been Utz’s CFO since 2019, has been promoted to the newly created role of COO, with his former position being filled by Ajay Kataria who is currently the executive vice president…

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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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Michael Aucoin to steer alternative proteins company Eat Beyond to new horizons

CANADA – The future direction of Eat Beyond now rests on the hands of Michael Aucoin who has been appointed new CEO of the Vancouver-based investment issuer focused on the plant-based and alternative food sector.  Aucoin will succeed Patrick Morris, who has served as the company’s CEO since its establishment in 2019, and brings with him over 25 years of experience in food sales management and the consumer-packaged goods industry.  Prior to joining Eat Beyond, Aucoin served as president of the Canadian division of dairy cooperative Agropur and has also held several senior sales and marketing…

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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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Shane Smith to succeed Dennis Organ as Smithfield Foods President and Chief Executive Officer

US – Smithfield Foods, Inc., an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach, has appointed Shane Smith to succeed Dennis Organ as president and chief executive officer.   Smith, a two-decade veteran of the company and, most recently, its chief strategy officer, will take over the role immediately, according to a statement from the company.  Prior to becoming chief strategy officer, Mr. Smith served as executive vice president of Smithfield’s European operations where he oversaw the company’s operations, capital investments, expansion into new markets, and mergers and acquisitions abroad.   Today, Smithfield’s European operations encompass nearly 18,000 employees, 21 processing facilities, 58…

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Post Holdings makes new executive appointments as Tyra Banks unveils new ice cream brand

US – American consumer packaged goods company, Post Holdings, has made two executive appointments to drive better collaboration, cost reduction and revenue opportunities across the company’s portfolio.  Howard A. Friedman, currently President and CEO of Post-Consumer Brands, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Post Holdings.  Friedman will serve on Post’s executive management team, reporting to Post’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert V. Vitale.   Post said in a statement that Mr. Friedman will work with each of Post’s businesses to among other things manage long-tail projects and support each business…

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