Mutizwa to step down as Delta CEO

DELTA Corporation chief executive officer Mr Joe Mutizwa will step down from his post and that of director of the beverage maker on May 31. He wwill be succeeded by Mr Pearson Gowero, who takes office from June 1. According to a statement issued by Delta, Mr Mutizwa is stepping down after a “distinguished career” spanning nearly 30 years. He was appointed chief executive officer in April 2002, having joined the group in March 1983.

He rose through the ranks to become managing director of the soft drinks business in 1992, before his promotion to chief executive officer of the beverages division in November 2005.

He was involved in the demerger and unbundling of the non-beverages businesses between 2000 and 2001 and presided over the subsequent consolidation and refocus of the beverages businesses under Delta Beverages.

“Mr Mutizwa successfully steered the group during the difficult years of hyperinflation and has been instrumental in leading the business recovery since the dollarisation of the economy in 2009. “He leaves the group in a very strong position, which is testimony to his strong leadership skills,” said the company in a statement.

Meanwhile, Mr Pearson Gowero, is currently the chief operating officer, a position he assumed in July last year on his return from a secondment at the SABMiller Group where he was the managing director of Zambian Breweries Group for five years.

Mr Gowero has been with the group since 1997, occupying various senior positions in the then Chibuku Breweries Division and the combined beverages business.

He was appointed to the board as the executive director responsible for Delta’s beverages operations in 2003.

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