The Coca-Cola Africa operating unit has announced the appointment of Debra Mallowah as the new vice-president for the East and Central Africa franchise.
Mallowah takes over from Phillipine Mtikikiti, who has served in the capacity since June 2019. Mtikikiti has moved on to take up a similar role for the South Africa franchise in Johannesburg.
Mallowah, who will be based in Nairobi, will oversee the development and implementation of business strategies across the East and Central Africa franchise.
Speaking on her appointment Mallowah said that her vision is to ensure that the Coca-Cola brand continues to refresh the consumers’ lives and make a difference in the communities they operate in.
“A lot has changed around the environment we operate in especially in the last one year driven by the ongoing pandemic, but there many growth opportunities for the Coca-Cola business and that is my focus,” she said.
She joins Coca-Cola from Safaricom Plc (Vodafone Group) where she was the Chief Business Development Officer.
Previously, she was the general manager for East and Central Africa at GlaxoSmithKline, vice-president at Unilever with responsibility for sub-Saharan Africa, group marketing, and innovationsdirector at Diageo East Africa (East Africa Breweries Limited); and regional marketing in Diageo in the United Kingdom.
She holds a business degree (honours) from the University of Nairobi and completed an Advanced Management Programme from the IESE Business school in Spain and an Executive Programme on Fintech Innovation at Said Business School, Oxford University.