NAIROBI, Kenya, June 10 – The Board of East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has appointed Andrew Cowan the new Managing Director with effect from July 28, 2016.
The board says new MD, who is currently the Country Director for Diageo Great Britain has been given the position following his wide range of commercial and strategic management experience spanning over 20 years in the fast-moving consumer goods sector.
“We are certainly pleased to have Cowan at EABL, as an established global business leader in the FMCG business. We see him bringing in a lot of expertise and commercial leadership which will be a good fit for the business,” EABL Group Board Chairman Charles Muchene said while making the announcement on Friday.
A British national, Cowan’s joined Diageo in 2008 as Commercial Director for Northern Ireland and was appointed to the role of Commercial Director in the Republic of Ireland a year later.
He returned to Great Britain in 2011 and has led the Diageo commercial business since then. Before joining Diageo, he had a number of senior roles in the FMCG industry, including positions held at GlaxoSmithKline and Boots Plc.
Cowan takes over from Charles Ireland who joined EABL in April 2013 as MD and whose three year tenure has ended.
Ireland will be taking up a new role in Diageo’s global business as General Manager Great Britain, Ireland and France.
“During Ireland’s time, EABL has become one of the best performing markets in Diageo and the fastest growing market for Guinness. Sustainable development performance has also significantly improved,” Muchene said while bidding Ireland farewell.