Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited has appointed Yebeltal Getachew as its new Managing Director.
He replaced Bhupendra Suri as the company’s helmsman.
Getachew’s appointment, which took effect from June 2018, was disclosed in a statement signed by the company’s Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe.
The statement said: “We are pleased to have him join Coca-Cola Nigeria and leverage his experience for our total beverage portfolio in Nigeria.”
What you should know: The appointment of Getachew came with his in-depth knowledge and wealth of experience, having worked across Africa in senior leadership positions within the Coca-Cola system.
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Yebeltal’s profile: Before his appointment in Coca-Cola Nigeria, Yebeltal was the General Manager, Stills and VEB, responsible for overall leadership of the Stills Beverages business for the West Africa Business Unit (WABU) across 33 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He joined The Coca-Cola Company in July 2000 as the Marketing Manager for the Horn of Africa territory of the Central, East and West Africa Business Unit (CEWABU).
Since then, he has worked in various roles across several countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Mauritius, Tanzania, Eretria, Uganda, and Mozambique.
He worked with Coca-Cola as the Operations Marketing Representative for Ethiopia and Djibouti and as Country Lead for Mauritius in 2007. During this period, he won the prestigious annual Central East and West Africa Business Unit Values Champion Award.
In addition, Getachew served as the Customer and Commercial Leadership Director for WABU, as Country Manager for Tanzania and as the Regional Franchise Manager for Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Mozambique.
He is credited for developing and rolling out best-in-class frameworks and training modules for initiatives such as Right Execution Daily (RED) and Third-party Distributor Operation Standard Assessment (DOSA).
He had also worked at Urgent Cargo Handling (K) Limited, Nairobi, Kenya, where he served at various roles and rose to the position of operations director from April 1998 to January 2000.
His educational background: Getachew holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration (Economic Development & International Trade) from United States International University (African campus) in Nairobi, Kenya.
He also has a postgraduate certificate and MBA from Edinburgh Business School – Heriot-Watt University Scotland.
Update: Health Minister states side effects of COVID-19 vaccines
Dr. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, which he said is mild.
The minister disclosed this during the live broadcast when President Muhammadu Buhari took his vaccine shot on Saturday.
According to the Minister, the reactions are usually mild and only few people had complained of mild pain in the part of the body they got the shot.
He said, “It is not everybody that complained of reactions/side effects but few had complained of mild pain at the part of the body they got the shot.
”Usually manufacturing vaccines take not less than 4 years but this only took about 1 year, which is the reason some people are apprehensive about the vaccines. This was manufactured in the United Kingdom and has been certified.”
Ehanire, explained that the jab is painless as a narrow gauge syringe was used with a small quantity injected in the upper arm.
He added that the after-effects are mild but accompanied by little discomfort in the area that was injected.
Present at the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and other members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and journalists.
Update: President Buhari, VP Osinbajo get COVID-19 vaccine shots
President Buhari and VP Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Buhari and VP, who received his COVID-19 vaccine shot on Live TV broadcast, urged Nigerians to emulate him and do the same to curb the pandemic in the most populous black nation.
Both were administered their jabs, on Saturday morning, at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja at a ceremony broadcast live on national television.
Their inoculation followed their e-registration and filling out of their vaccination cards by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.
Vaccination of Buhari was done by Chief Personal Physician to the President, Dr Suhayb Rafindadi.
Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr Nicholas Audifferen.
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