Mexican bottler and retailer FEMSA appoints Daniel Rodriguez as CEO

MEXICO – Mexican multinational beverage and retail company Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V., doing business as FEMSA has appointed Daniel Rodriguez as CEO, effective January next year.  Rodriguez succeeds Eduardo Padilla, who has been at the helm of the largest independent Coca-Cola bottling group in the world since  2018.  Daniel Rodriguez joined FEMSA in 2015 and currently leads the Femsa Comercio division including the vast chain of Oxxo convenience stores.   Femsa said in a statement that Rodriguez will focus on “growth and innovation along with sustainability, inclusion, and diversity.”  Earlier this year, FEMSA expanded its footprint in…

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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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Nestlé owned healthy meal company Freshly appoints Anna Fabrega as CEO

USA – US-based freshly prepared meal delivery service Freshly has appointed Anna Fabrega –the current chief commercialization officer- as CEO, effective immediately.   Fabrega is succeeding Freshly co-founder Mike Wystrach, who has headed the company since its inception in 2012.   Wystrach’s abrupt replacement as leader of Freshly and transition to new role as advisor to the Freshly board of directors comes less than a year after the company was purchased by Nestlé.  “It’s never an easy decision to move on from something you’ve built from the ground up, but I’m excited to take my passion for creating new innovations for consumers on to my…

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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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Nestlé creates new geographic zones to better address unique needs of different markets across the globe

SWITZERLAND-  The Nestlé Board of Directors has approved the creation of new geographic Zones to strengthen the company’s market-led approach and further its ability to win in a rapidly changing environment.  According to the Swiss-based food conglomerate, the architecture, effective January 1, 2022, also underscores the company’s deep commitment to succeeding in all parts of the world.  As from the beginning of next year, the company will be organized into five Zones as follows: North America (NA), Latin America (LATAM), Asia, Oceania and Africa (AOA), Europe (EUR), and Greater China (GC).  Comprised of the United States and Canada,…

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International Flavour & Fragrances CEO Andreas Fibig to retire after 7 years at the helm

USA – International Flavors & Fragrances Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig has announced that he will retire, ending his successful 7-year stint at the company which is now the largest flavour and fragrance company in the world.    Without an able successor at the moment, Fibig is expected to stay in his position until a replacement is named by the company’s board of directors in early 2022.  Once a successor has been identified, the Veteran executive who has been with IFF for more than 10 years now will remain at IFF for a short time to ensure a…

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Danny Celoni to succeed Peter Filipovic as CEO of Carlton & United Breweries

AUSTRALIA – Beverage industry veteran Danny Celoni has been appointed by Asahi Beverages as the CEO designate of Australian brewing company Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), effective February 2022.  Mr. Celoni will succeed Peter Filipovic who will continue to serve the Australian brewer as CEO untill his term elapses in February next year.   Danny has had an illustrious career in the beverage industry that spans over 25 years. He commenced his beverages career with Diageo in 1996 where he rose, over a 17-year career, to become Commercial Director for Australia, NZ & South Pacific.  In his time with…

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Ruud Tijssens appointed chair of International Feed Industry Federation for 2022-2023

LUXEMBORG – Ruud Tijssens, Group Director Public & Cooperative Affairs, Royal Agrifirm Group, has been elected as International Feed Industry Federation new Chairman for 2022-2023.  The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is made up of national and regional feed associations, feed related organizations, and corporate members from around the globe, representing over 80% of the feed production worldwide.  Mr. Tijssens has held several leadership positions within IFIF, previously serving as Chair of IFIF’s Sustainability Steering Group as well as a member of the IFIF Executive Committee and the IFIF Board of Directors.    He has more than thirty years…

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Jason Buechel to succeed John Mackey as CEO of Whole Foods

USA  —  Amazon-owned grocer Whole Foods has named Jason Buechel, currently, the company’s chief operating officer, as its incoming CEO, taking over from John Mackey who is set to retire on  Sept. 1, 2022.   John Mackey, who co-founded Whole Foods Market in 1980, has been at the helm of the American-based natural foods grocer for four decades.   “Honestly, it’s very hard to retire from a company that I have helped to create, nourish and grow for 44 years when I leave,” Mr. Mackey said.   “As a co-founder of Whole Foods, I’ve often…

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