NB Appoints New MD, Announces Changes in Management Team

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• Honours 65 workers in Enugu
Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced the appointment of Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel as the company’s Managing Director/CEO.
The appointment takes effect on January 22, 2018. Borrut Bel will succeed Mr. Johan Doyer who has served as Managing Director/CEO on an interim basis since June 16, 2017.

The Board of Directors of the comapany has informed the Nigerian Stock Exchange of the appointment.
Borrut Bel is currently the Managing Director of Heineken’s subsidiary in Burundi, Brarudi S.A. and a board member of Bralirwa Limited, Rwanda, also a Heineken subsidiary in Rwanda.

Borrut Bel joined Heineken Spain in 1997 as Sales Representative and subsequently held increasingly senior management positions in different countries, first as Distribution Project Manager in Slovakia, Brand Manager in France and Trade Marketing Manager at the Head Office in The Netherlands. In 2006, he returned to Heineken Spain where he evolved in the organisation and eventually became the On-Premise and Distribution Director and a member of the management feam.

Borrut Bel was appointed the Managing Director of Brarudi S.A. in 2015 and has successfully led the company through a very turbulent period, strengthening the company’s route-to-market and launching successful innovations.
The board is confident that Borrut Bel’s track record and broad experience stand him in a very good position to drive Nigerian Breweries Plc strategy and consolidate its leadership position in the Nigerian market.

In a related development, the company has also announced the resignations of Mr. Victor Famuyibo, Human Resource Director, and Mr. Hubert Eze, Sales Director from the board with effect from January 27, 2018, and January 31, 2018, respectively.

While Famuyibo’s resignation follows from his attaining the company’s mandatory retirement age of 60 years, Eze’s resignation is preparatory to his taking up a higher role in the Heineken organisation.
The exchange was further notified that Mrs. Grace Omo-Lamai and Mr. Uche Unigwe have been appointed as part of the management team of the company in the positions of Human Resource Director and Sales Director respectively. Mrs. Omo-Lamai joined the company on October 23, 2017, from Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, where she was the Director of Human Resources.

Unigwe, on the other hand, joined the company in 1989 as a Trainee Brewer.
He is currently the General Manager, Heineken East Africa, based in Nairobi. He resumes in his role as Sales Director on January 15, 2018.

Meanwhile, the company yesterday honoured at least 65 of its staff with long service awards.
This was as the Enugu State government reaffirmed its readiness to create conducive environment for business activities to thrive.
Speaking at the event marking the award presentations at Ama Plant of the Brewery in Enugu, the Brewery Manager, Peter Ani, said the awards were for those who diligently gave long period of service to the beverage company.

The company said the long service award was to celebrate qualified employees of various categories and appreciate their dedication and loyalty.
Ani said it was a ritual for the company to celebrate their deserving management and non employees as a confirmation of their commitment to performance, dedication and excellence.
He noted that the most important resource in any organisation was its employees, without such there would be corporate failure.

He said that the 65 deserving employees have served the company for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years, who collectively contributed a total of 905 service years to the progress of the company.
Ani said: “The long service award ceremony is a demonstration of our company’s appreciation for the individual and collective contributions of the distinguished recipients to the larger success for which the company is well identified.”

He added that it was the contributions of the celebrants and other employees that have continued to make Nigerian Breweries the leading beverage company in Nigeria today.
He assured the recipients that their committed contributions were a source of pride to the company which should as well be a source of pride to their families.

Also speaking, Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, expressed delight at the essence of the event noting that such awards could serve as motivation to spur the workers to be more committed.
She said the state government would not shy away from its responsibility of providing conducive environment to enable businesses to thrive and described NB Plc as a worthy partner in the state.