McCain Foods South Africa has appointed Unathi Mhlatyana as its new managing director (MD) effective yesterday. Mhlatyana brings more than 20 years experience in the FMCG industry, having previously been employed in leadership roles with Pepsico and SAB/AB InBev.
Karabo Mothibi, McCain Foods South Africa human resources director, says Mhlatyana’s values and character are aligned with that of the company's. “He has a thorough understanding of the value chain from farm to fork, and most importantly he is a people-centered leader. Unathi is a versatile team player with experience in developing and implementing business strategies geared towards achieving organizational goals.”
Mothibi says McCain Foods South Africa looked for candidates who are strategic leaders and understood both the agricultural and FMCG industries in the country. “We needed a combination of management and business skills as well someone able to fit into the McCain Foods South Africa culture. We wanted our new MD to work well with people and lead the team whilst continuing to build and grow the business.”
Mhlatyana has laid out his goals as MD. He intends to drive a purpose-led business model with a sustainable profitability trajectory whilst leveraging the potential of the company’s resources to create strategies that deliver sustainable organic growth in collaboration with the its customers and communities.
However, he says these goals can only be achieved through collaboration with McCain associates, key stakeholders and ensuring that as a company, the team aims to excel in everything it does. “Together with my associates, we will create an environment where people are passionate, consumer and customer-centric.”
Mhlatyana emphasizes the importance of the purpose and values of the McCain brand. “One cannot ignore the privilege of working for this company and the culture that is evident in the way the business operates locally and globally. Bringing people, family and communities together resonates with me.”
Mhlatyana also aspires to be an authentic, transformational leader with a positive impact on people's lives. As for the company outlook, he says he has a great foundation to build on. “When one considers the opportunities our continent offers, one can only be excited about the potential awaiting our industry. We’re poised to unlock these opportunities for the long-term value growth of the McCain Foods South Africa business. I consider myself fortunate to join a motivated and passionate team.”
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