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EAPCC in staff changes to boost efficiency

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Major management changes at East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) are set to revamp the firm’s strategy implementation and operations.

EAPCC has appointed two managers to head its production and human resources departments.

Former Bamburi Cement and Athi River Mining employee Engineer Charles Charo is the new Head of Production Operations.

Charo has 25 years of experience in cement manufacturing while John Ole Kimanjoi has been appointed the Head of Human Resources and Administration.

With 25 years experience in Human Resources specialising in labour relations, Kimanjoi has worked for KPTC, Telkom Kenya, Mumias Sugar, NSSF.

Other appointments include a new Production Manager Joseph Kombo, who was promoted from process manager and James Mutisya, who is the new Maintenance and Projects Manager.

Making the announcement, EAPCC Managing Director Kephar Tande said the changes have been made to enable the company to execute a new strategy and align functions to grow business.

“We also want to enhance customer service, create efficiencies in the business and manage our cost income ratio better to increase shareholder value and make EAPCC an employer of choice,” Tande said.

He said the company went for internal talent to ensure continuity and smooth implementation of operations.

“The company has great talent, and we believe these new managers have what it takes to take EAPCC to the next level,” Tande added.

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The appointments the firm says are aimed at increasing efficiency to regain its foothold on the cement market.

EAPCC grabbed headlines late last year when boardroom wrangles ensued, stemming from control struggles of the company to political interference and at some time also took an ethnic turn that sucked in politicians.

The firm suffered a net loss of Sh88 million for the first half of the year to December 2011 and subsequently issued a profit warning for the full year to June 2012 citing intensified competition and the effect that staff unrest had on its operation.

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