Friday, 3 March 2017

FrieslandCampina WAMCO gets 2nd black CEO in Six Years


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Ben Langat, New Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC

Ben Langat has been appointed Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC with effect from 13 March 2017.  He will report to Roel van Neerbos, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Products Europe, Middle East and Africa, and he will be located in Lagos, Nigeria.


Until June 2016, Langat was the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company where he led major business transformation, route to market plan growing volumes and market share and delivered double digit growth despite economic challenges.  He further expanded the business into new categories including the successful launch of Pulpy.   He developed a strong talented team for the business over the period.
Ben Langat succeeds Rahul Colaco

Langat has over 24 years work experience spanning various senior management roles in Unilever Kenya, Malawi and Ghana respectively. He also held the position of Finance Director of Nigeria Bottling Company from June 2009 to October 2012.
Ben Langat, a Kenyan, is an Accountant by profession with a degree in Commerce at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston having completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP 191). He has done several professional courses including the Excel Leadership program from IMD, LausanneLangat is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya CPA (K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and former Council Member Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

Langat is a strong people leader with high interpersonal skills with a track record of developing talent and capability development. His strong business acumen has led to a successful career.

Ben Langat succeeds Rahul Colaco, who has taken over the Executive Director, Business Group China role as previously announced.

The Executive Board of Royal FrieslandCampina and the Board of Directors of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC wish Ben Langat every success in his new position.

Peter Eshikena was appointed on September 1st, 2012 after the exit of Bob Steetskamp
This blog takes cognizance of the fact that FrieslandCampina WAMCO is appointing her second black Chief Executive Officer in six years, as a Nigerian, Mr. Peter Eshikena was the first to be appointed on September 1st, 2012 at the exit of Bob Steetskamp. The appointment of Eshikena who was a sales director and DMD  before he became MD in 2012 was hailed by the media. Eshikena, 57 is  now on the board of the company as a Non Executive Director. Ben Langat is the 2nd black CEO in six years.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC is affiliated to Royal FrieslandCampina of The Netherlands, one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world. FrieslandCampina WAMCO is a major player in the Nigerian dairy industry, nourishing Nigerians with quality dairy nutrition with key brands as Peak, Three Crowns and Friso. 

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