FrieslandCampina WAMCO gets 2nd black CEO in Six Years

Ben Langat, New Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC

Ben Langat has been appointed Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC with effect from 13 March 2017.  He will
report to Roel van Neerbos, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Products
Europe, Middle East and Africa, and he will be located in Lagos, Nigeria.


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Until June 2016, Langat was the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Coca
Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
where he led major business transformation,
route to market plan growing volumes and market share and delivered double
digit growth despite economic challenges.  He further expanded the
business into new categories including the successful launch of Pulpy. 
 He developed a strong talented team for the business over the period.

Ben Langat succeeds Rahul Colaco

Langat has over 24 years work
experience spanning various senior management roles in Unilever Kenya, Malawi
and Ghana respectively. He also held
the position of Finance Director of Nigeria Bottling Company from June 2009
to October 2012.
Ben Langat, a Kenyan, is
an Accountant by profession with a degree in Commerce at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston having completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP 191).
He has done several professional courses including the Excel Leadership program from IMD, LausanneLangat
is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya
CPA (K) and a member of the Institute
of Certified Public Accountants
of Kenya
(ICPAK) and former Council Member Kenya
Institute of Management (KIM).
Langat is a
strong people leader with high interpersonal skills with a track record of
developing talent and capability development. His strong business acumen has
led to a successful career.
Ben Langat succeeds Rahul
Colaco
, who has taken over the Executive Director, Business Group China
role as previously announced.
The Executive Board of Royal
FrieslandCampina and the Board of Directors of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria
PLC wish Ben Langat every success in his new position.
Peter Eshikena was appointed on September 1st, 2012 after the exit of Bob Steetskamp
This blog takes cognizance of the
fact that FrieslandCampina WAMCO is appointing her second black
Chief Executive Officer in six years, as a Nigerian, Mr. Peter Eshikena was
the first to be appointed on September 1st, 2012 at the exit of Bob Steetskamp. The appointment of Eshikena

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who was a sales director and DMD  before he
became MD in 2012 was hailed by the media. Eshikena, 57 is  now on the board of the company as a Non
Executive Director. Ben Langat is the 2nd black CEO in six years.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC is affiliated to
Royal FrieslandCampina of The Netherlands, one of the largest dairy
cooperatives in the world. FrieslandCampina
WAMCO
is a major player in the Nigerian dairy industry, nourishing
Nigerians with quality dairy nutrition with key brands as Peak, Three
Crowns
and Friso. 

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