Nestlé has announced the appointment of Mr. Ng’entu Njeru as the Managing Director of the East African cluster which encompasses Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda markets. This new cluster will be managed out of the Nestlé Kenya Office.
Njeru holds an MBA in Strategic Management as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration both from the United States International University – Africa. He joined Nestlé Foods Kenya Limited in 2007 as a Regional Brand Manager in Coffee & Beverages. In 2009, Njeru moved to Eveready East Africa Limited as Head of Sales & Marketing and thereafter made a career move to Pfizer Nutrition (now Wyeth Nutrition) in 2011 as Business Unit Director where he was responsible for the Central Africa markets.
He re-joined Nestlé in 2012 through the Wyeth Nutrition business acquisition by Nestlé and later moved into the role of Regional Sales Training and Performance Development. Njeru also later acted as the Mozambique Cluster Manager in 2015. In 2016, Njeru was promoted to Business Development Manager in Tanzania where he was instrumental in steering the recovery and performance of the business. The combination of his experience, expertise and drive makes him an ideal fit for Nestlé’s next stages of growth in line with the re-organized structure.
Mr. Njeru’s appointment comes after a reorganization of the Nestlé business in Africa. Whereby the former Nestlé Equatorial Region closed its headquarters in Nairobi and is now part of the newly created Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region. The new, enlarged region, headquartered in Johannesburg will be led by Mr. Bruno Olierhoek, formerly head of Nestlé Pakistan.
Mr. Bruno Olierhoek, had this to say about Mr. Njeru’s appointment, “Njeru will oversee Nestlé business in East Africa which is well served by the company’s factory in Nairobi, Kenya. He’s tasked to continue the legacy created by Nestlé’s leading brands in the region including Maggi, Nido, Milo, Nescafé and our range of cereals with a strong focus on our affordable and nutritious product portfolio.”