Uganda Breweries Limited has appointed Alvin Mbugua as its new Managing Director, replacing Mark Ocitti who joining Tanzania’s Serengeti Breweries in the role.
Mbugua was unveiled by the Board Chairman, Japheth Kato who lauded Ocitti for his contribution to the brewing company.
“Under Ocitti’s stewardship, the company believes that a healthy family is key in creating a strong workforce. Under Ocitti’s leadership, Uganda breweries become Uganda’s very first company to amend our maternity leave to six months for females and one month for male employees,” Kato said.
“Today we formally recognize the end of a successful three-year tenure of leadership by Mr. Mark Ocitti and announce the appointment of Mr. Alvin Mbugua as the new Managing Director of Uganda Breweries Limited effective July 1, 2019,” he said.
Ocitti who starts a new journey as managing director of Serengeti Breweries in Tanzania is credited for milestones at Uganda Breweries including; resounding business growth, capacity expansion, impactful community projects in education, sanitation and a spirited, empowered staff.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Mbugua, said, “I am humbled to be entrusted with the stewardship of Uganda Breweries by the Board of Directors. Having served here before as Finance and Strategy Director.”
“I’m excited to come back to a place that became my other home. Looking to consolidating on Mark Ocitti’s gains and wins,” he said.
Ocitti congratulated his successor for the appointment, “I can guarantee that you are in for one of the greatest experiences of your life. I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing about the successes of the business under your tenure. Cheers!”
“Being a leader is knowing when to hand over the mantle. I’ve had great successes Uganda Breweries, now it is time to let someone else create new legacies. Today marks my last day as MD Uganda Breweries,” he said
Ocitti said the company has registered strides on environmental protection, water and sanitation and education. He said it invested in reforestation around Lake Victoria water catchment areas, provision of access to clean and safe water, water harvesting systems, boreholes, sanitation facilities and water tanks to beneficiaries living in our communities.
In education sector, he said, Uganda Breweries has re-focused its scholarship programme to benefit technical and vocational students in response to the call for more practical and entrepreneurial skills for the youth. “70 students have received formal training and mentorship to build their entrepreneurial acumen,” he said.