SA’s wine maker Nederburg hands over its cellar’s keys to Samuel Viljoen

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s leading and most celebrated wineries, Nederburg has announced the appointment of Samuel Viljoen as its new cellar-master. The seasoned wine maker takes over the reins from Lizelle Gerber, who has left to pursue other interests. In his new role, Viljoen will oversees the production of the Paarl cellar’s multi-tiered range, distributed across more than 80 countries worldwide. Prior to the appointment, he was a fully-fledged winemaker at the company and has been part of the legendary winery boosting of over 200 years of existence, since…

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Guinness Nigeria names Dr. Omobola Johnson as new Board Chair replacing retiring Mr. Babatunde Savage

NIGERIA – The Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the notice of retirement of its long-serving and indefatigable Board Chair, Mr. Babatunde Savage by June 30, 2021. After leading the board of Diageo’s Nigerian operating unit for over a decade, Mr. Savage will be replaced by the former Minister of Communication & Technology of Nigeria and Guinness Nigeria Board member, Dr. Omobola Johnson, who will assume the role of Board Chair with effect from 1st July 2021. Babatunde Savage was appointed Chair of the Board of Guinness Nigeria in…

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Jumia Ghana names Tolulope George -Yanwah as new CEO

GHANA – Africa’s Leading e-commerce platform, Jumia has announced the appointment of Tolulope George-Yanwah as the new Chief Executive Officer of its Ghana operations. She takes over the leadership from Diana Owusu-Kyereko who was at the helm of the company since January 2020. Tolulope brings a pool of experience; having held other management roles in Jumia such as Country Manager and VP of Jumia Logistics, Last Mile Expansion Manager, and Regional Dispatch Operations Manager. Prior to her appointment, she was the Country Manager for Jumia Logistics in Nigeria from February…

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Peter Boone to succeed Antoine de Saint-Affrique as Barry Callebaut CEO

SWITZERLAND – Leading cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut has announced that Peter Boone,  its current Americas zone president, will succeed Antoine de Saint-Affrique as the company’s CEO. Antoine de Saint-Affrique has served as CEO since October 2015 and will be stepping down at the end of the group’s fiscal year paving way for Boone who will take on the role of CEO on 1 September 2021 Boone joined the company as chief innovation officer in 2012 and has served as Barry Callebaut Americas region president since September 2017.…

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Twiga Foods elevates Peter Njonjo to Group CEO, appoints East Africa CEO in readiness for regional expansion

KENYA – Twiga Foods, Kenyan-based technology food distribution platform, has announced the elevation of its Co-founder and CEO Peter Njonjo to the position of Group CEO, effective June 1 2021. In his new role, Peter will be focusing on building the organization’s capacity and capability, as it embarks on its expansion across the African continent. He will be supported by the newly elected Chief Executive Officer of Twiga East Africa, Yebeltal Getachew (YG). YG will take over the role as of 3rd May 2021, to lead the commercial growth and…

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Tate & Lyle appoints new Inclusion Officer, launches platform to share stabiliser science expertise

UK – Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, has appointed Lauren von Stackelberg as its new Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Officer, effective 19 April 2021. In her new role, Lauren will lead the development of Tate & Lyle’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy, policies, and programs aimed at creating a truly inclusive and diverse culture and workforce. According to a statement from Tate & Lyle, Lauren has a strong track record of leading and delivering…

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Agricultural Finance Corporation taps NOCK’s George Kubai to be its new Managing Director

KENYA – Development finance institution Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC), has appointed George Kubai as its new managing director effective April 1 2021. Prior to his appointment, Mr Kubai was the General Manager, Downstream Operations at the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK). The new boss takes over from the lender’s Corporation Secretary Mrs Rose Ochanda who has been the acting Managing Director since the retirement of the long-serving CEO Lucas Meso who stepped down in October 2020 after almost 10 years at the helm. Announcing the appointment, AFC Board Chairman…

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Delta Corporation Limited undertakes Executive restructuring following CEO scheduled retirement

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed beverages producer, Delta Corporation has announced the retirement of its CEO Mr Pearson Gowero with effect 30 June 2021, after eight years at the helm. Drawing to a close a distinguished career with the Group spanning nearly 25 years, Mr Gowero will be succeeded by Mr Matlhogonolo Valela, the Group Finance Director who will takes over the reins from July 1. Pearson was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in June 2012, having joined the Group in March 1997. He started at Chibuku Breweries in…

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South Africa’s Premier FMCG promotes its CFO Kobus Gertenbach to be company’s CEO

SOUTH AFRICA – Premier FMCG, one of South Africa’s leading and oldest consumer goods company has announced that its CEO Tjaart Kruger will be leaving the company at the end of March and hand over the reins to Kobus Gertenbach, Premier’s current CFO. Tjaart joined Premier in 2011 and has more than 30 years of executive experience. Prior to joining the manufacturing giant, he was the CEO of Afrox Ltd for 5 years and previously held executive positions with Tiger Brands in the pharmaceuticals and grains divisions as well as…

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Vineet Sharma to head AB InBev’s marketing and new business development in South Asia

INDIA – Belgium-based and World’s largest beer company AB InBev has appointed Vineet Sharma as Vice President incharge of marketing and new business development for South Asia. Sharma, who joined AB InBev in 2016, was the trade marketing director for South Asia before his promotion to the new role. “I am thrilled to embark on this new journey to accelerate AB InBev’s business transformation agenda in South Asia,” Vineet Sharma said. “I look forward to working closely with our teams, business associates and partners to lead the charge through a…

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