by OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos
The board of directors of Nigerian Breweries Plc has appointed Mr. Johan Doyer as the company’s managing director/CEO.
In a notification to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the company stated that the appointment takes effect on June 16, 2017 and is on an interim basis pending the appointment of a substantive managing director/CEO for the company.
Doyer will replace Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde who has resigned from the board and the company effective the same date of June 16, 2017, notice of which had earlier been given to the NSE. The company said that Doyer joined Heineken Netherlands in 1978 as product manager and subsequently held increasingly senior marketing management positions in different regions.
“He became the general manager in Vietnam followed by La Reunion, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chile and the Sedibeng Brewery in South Africa.
“Doyer retired from Heineken in July 2015 as the mnaging director of Heineken Ethiopia. While in Ethiopia, he was responsible for building the new company, integrated two acquired breweries, built a new brewery, launched new brands and oversaw the tripling of that company’s volume. He set the stage for the growth Heineken Ethiopia has recorded,” the company stated
The company added the board is confident that Doyer’s wealth of experience stands him in a very good position to help the company with its twin strategy of cost leadership and market leadership towards sustaining the company’s leadership position in the market.
Meanwhile, at the company’s Annual General Meeting held in Lagos, the chairman of the company, Chief Kola Jamodu, informed the shareholders that the company has declared a total dividend of N28.39 billion. This amounts to N3.58 per share and 100 per cent earnings pay out.