Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) Managing Director John Musunga has been appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guinness Nigeria PLC.
Musunga will officially start in the new position from November 1, 2022, taking over from Mr. Baker Magunda, who has decided to take early retirement.
He was appointed MD of KBL in March 2021 and has over the last 19 months led the business as it recovered from the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and recorded phenomenal growth.
Before joining KBL which is a subsidiary of EABL and Diageo, Musunga was the General Manager of Pharmaceuticals in East Africa for GSK (formerly GlaxoSmithKline Plc).
“His work over the last 19 months has been outstanding, especially his leadership in helping our Kenya business navigate and emerge stronger through the pandemic,” said EABL PLC Group Managing Director and CEO, Ms. Jane Karuku.
Musunga’s appointment marks yet another step in his long-standing corporate leadership journey. Before joining KBL, he previously held leadership roles at GSK, with senior positions in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Europe.
Among other industry roles, he has previously served as a Non-Executive Director for the Vision 2030 Board in Kenya and chaired the Kenya Association of Pharmaceuticals Industry and the Kenya HIV/AIDS Business Council.
With his appointment, KBL has once again contributed a leader to the global Diageo business, continuing the established tradition where the company’s executives have taken on bigger roles within the Group.
This is one of the notable aspects of the company as it celebrates its centenary this year, having been established in 1922.
The company has over the years been deliberate about developing people building talent into all spheres of leadership.
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