June 5, 2013/NSE
The Company has notified The Exchange of the retirement of Chief Olusegun Osunkeye as a Director and Chairman of the Board Directors of Nestle Nigeria Plc with effect from 10th May 2013.
As a result of his retirement, the Board has appointed Mr. David Ifezulike, a non-Executive Director for more than twelve years, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In addition, the Managing Director of the Company, Martin Woolnough, has decided to proceed on voluntary retirement as from June 1, 2013.
Consequently, the Board has appointed Mr. Dharnesh Gordhon to succeed him as the new Managing Director as from June 1, 2013.
Born on 5th March 1965 in South Africa, Mr. Dharnesh Gordhon obtained Bachelor of Arts Honour (English) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban-Westville) – Durban, South Africa, in 1986. Between 1994 – 1995 he had his High Education Diploma from the University of South Africa – Pretoria. In 1999, he obtained Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban-Westville) – Durban, South Africa and became a Chartered Marketer (CSMA) in 2002 from the Institute of Marketing Management, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2008, Mr. Gordhon attended and obtained the High Performance Leadership at the International Institute for Management Development – Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2012 he obtained the Programme for Executive Development at the same institution.
Mr. Dharnesh Gordhon’s work career spans the following areas and institutions:
· Jul 1987 – Dec 1994 - Store Manager - Luciano Men’s Fashions, Durban, South Africa
· Jan 1994 – Dec 1997 - Educator - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education
Jan 1998 – April 2002 - Sales & Marketing Manager – Universal Lace & Fabric Mills (PTY) Ltd Durban, South Africa.
· Aug 2002 – Feb 2004 – Business Development Manager - Universal Print Group (PTY) Ltd, Durban, South Africa
· Mar 2004 – Aug 2005 – Category Channel Development Manager (Dairy) – Nestle S.A. (PTY) Ltd, Southern Africa Region
· Sept 2005 – Dec 2008 – Business Executive Manager (Dairy Business Unit) - Nestle S.A. (PTY) Ltd, Southern Africa Region
· Jan 2009 – Sept 2009 – Group Channel Category Sales Development Head – Nestle Malaysia
· Oct 2009 – Current – Group Sales Director – Nestle S.A. (PTY) Ltd Southern Africa Region
Mr. Dharnesh Gordhon has attended several Trainings and Courses both in Africa and overseas.