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UBL’s Mbugua Joins Biggest Beer Business In Latin America & Caribbean Region

Alvin Mbugua (pictured) has left Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), Business Focus understands.

Mbugua joined UBL in 2019 as Managing Director.

However, the UBL confirms that Mbugua has been appointed as General Manager of Diageo Caribbean and Central America (CCA). CCA is the largest beer business in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

His appointment takes effect September 1, 2021.

UBL says that Mbugua’s replacement will be announced in due course.

Mbugua joined East African Breweries Limited (EABL) in May 2013 as Group Financial Controller.

In his role as EABL’S Financial Controller, he was able to drive a culture of accountability and ownership, helping to drive top line growth of 9% year on year.

From that role, he was then appointed as Finance and Strategy Director for UBL in October 2015, where he played a huge role in the creation of the UBL strategy that generated double digit growth. At the start of 2018, he moved again within EABL into a commercial position to lead the Nairobi sales team for Kenya Breweries Limited, where he deepened the strategic distributor performance and relationships. He then returned to Uganda in 2019 as Managing Director of UBL, a role he has been successful in, growing significant market share , creating a new leadership team, supercharging Guinness sales, and bringing new purpose, growing production capacity and driving mainstream spirit growth. Mbugua’s achievements were amidst an unpredictable environment and restrictions on alcoholic beverage business as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining EABL, Mbugua worked in a number of finance roles across Africa for such companies as Maersk Logistics and Shell in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.  

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