LONG-SERVING Dairibord Holdings Limited CE Anthony Mandiwanza (pictured) has retired from the organisation 26 years after being appointed at the helm, the company has announced.
Mercy Ndoro, who is company’s Finance Director will take over from Mandiwanza. The board also announced the appointment of Godfrey Machanzi as Group Chief Operating Officer.
“The Board of Directors of Dairibord Holdings Limited would like to announce the retirement of the Group Chief Executive, Anthony Mandiwanza, with effect from 30 September 2022 after a distinguished career,” the company said.
Anthony joined Dairibord in 1979, rising through the ranks to hold positions of Factory Manager, Regional Manager, Operations Director and Marketing Director. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1996, driving the transformation of Dairibord from a loss-making state enterprise to a vibrant, profitable commercial entity.
He received many accolades in his personal capacity and with the company. Some of his iconic achievements and awards include:
• Driving Dairibord to be the first successful state enterprise to be privatised;
• Listing of the company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 1997, with its shares being oversubscribed on the first day to one of the best performing companies on the ZSE;
• Diversifying the entity from being a predominant milk business to “More than Just Milk”; • Inaugural winner of the IoDZ Director of the Year Award;
• IoDZ Special Commendation Award as Chairman of Barclays Bank; • Zimbabwe Institute of Management Most Influential Leader.
During his tenure as Group Chief Executive and an Executive Director of Dairibord Holdings Limited, Anthony played a leading and influential role in the development of the dairy industry in Zimbabwe and industry associations (CZI and EMCOZ).
He chaired the boards of other organisations including Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe and TSL. We would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to Anthony for his invaluable contribution to Dairibord and congratulate him on his accomplishments and the new season ahead.-STAFF WRITER