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 illustrious career in Kenya, Jane was the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an African agriculture focused institution with a goal of increasing and improving food security in the Continent.

Previously she also had held a number of senior positions in various companies including Deputy CEO and Secretary General of Kenyan telecoms company Telkom Kenya and Managing Director, Cadbury East and Central Africa.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi and an MBA in Marketing from the National University of California.

She is currently the Chairperson of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Board, Chairperson of the Kenya Covid-19 Fund, a Trustee at the United States International University (USIU) and is a Board member at Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

Group Corporate Relations Director at EABL appointed to UBL Board

The second appointee in the board of the maker of Bell Lager is Eric Kiniti, currently serving as the Group Corporate Relations Director at EABL, reports Business Focus Uganda.

He is an experienced public policy, sustainability, and communications practitioner with over 17 years of experience.

Mr. Alvin Mbugua, Mr. Jimmy Mugerwa, and Ms. Agnes Ssali will continue to serve on the UBL Board as Executive Director, Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary, respectively

He has experience in tax and public policy in the East African Community countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan.

Prior to joining EABL, Eric worked in British American Tobacco in various roles within the Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Department in East Africa.

He is a Board member at Kenya Cultural Centre (a state corporation) and Safe Way Right Way Kenya (an NGO). He is also a member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK).

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Public Policy Management from the University of London.

He is also a graduate of the Leadership Development Program (LDP), Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) in South Africa, the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Strathmore Business School and the Fast Forward Leadership Development Program at Sunwords in Nairobi.

UBL taps expertise of Steadman Global owner

Uganda’s leading alcohol manufacturer has also tapped into the expertise of Rachel Dumba, the CEO and Partner in charge of Strategy and Human Capital Management at Steadman Global, a Management and Development Consulting Firm that she co-founded, with operations across several African Countries.

A strongly networked, business and results-driven personality, Rachel has a very good understanding of the environment in both the Private and Public Sectors, having worked in various countries at a Senior Management Level with organizations like British Gas UK, Kenol Kobil, DFCU Bank and Citi Bank for over twenty (20) years.

She has a wealth of experience in Stakeholder Engagement, Strategy Development, Human Capital Management and Organizational Transformation.

Rachel currently sits on the Boards of Sanlam General Insurance Uganda and Junior Achievement Uganda, among others.

She has also supported National Bodies such as the Federation of Uganda Employers and The National Task Force on COVID-19 and is a member of Boardroom Africa and the League of East African Directors.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration Degree from Makerere University and a master’s degree in Strategic Human Resources Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK.

Mr. Alvin Mbugua, Mr. Jimmy Mugerwa, and Ms. Agnes Ssali will continue to serve on the UBL Board as Executive Director, Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary, respectively.

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