BY CHIDINMA OKEKE –
Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB) has approved slight changes in its management structure as it announced the appointment of Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel as the Company’s Managing Director/CEO.
A statement made available to newsmen said the appointment takes effect from January 22, 2018. Mr. Borrut Bel will succeed Mr. Johan Doyer who has served as Managing Director/CEO on an interim basis since June 16, 2017.
According to the statement, NB’s Board of Directors has informed the Nigerian Stock Exchange of the appointment.
Mrs. Grace Omo-Lamai and Mr. Uche Unigwe have also been appointed as part of the Management Team of the Company in the positions of Human Resource Director and Sales Director respectively
The new CEO, Mr. 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.
He 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.
“The Board is confident that Mr. 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 Mr. Famuyibo’s resignation follows from his attaining the Company’s mandatory retirement age of 60 years, Mr. Eze’s resignation is preparatory to his taking up a higher role in the HEINEKEN organisation.