Dr. Mboya-Kidero to lead strategy development and implementation of the Foundation’s projects across the continent
Johannesburg, August 15 2013 – Dr. Susan Mboya-Kidero has been appointed President, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) effective immediately. Susan is currently Coca-Cola’s Group Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment for Eurasia & Africa.
Her new role will oversee the operations of the Foundation across North, West, Central, East and Southern Africa. She will also lead strategy development and implementation for TCCAF and will continue to oversee the rollout of the Company’s 5By20 program, a big bet on women on women by Company’s CEO & Chairman Muhtar Kent, launched in 2010 and which aims to enable the economic empowerment 5 million women in Coca-Cola value chain by 2020.
In a statement issued by Bill Egbe, Coca-Cola’s Director for Strategy and Sustainably for Eurasia & Africa Group from Johannesburg, South Africa, Susan will partner with local and international leaders among them NGOs, government agencies and women empowerment &community development organizations along with Coca-Cola’s bottling partners to secure resources to drive initiatives that accelerate the 5By20 and TCCAF programs.
“As we seek to scale up our investment in corporate social programmes in the areas of entrepreneurship, water, health and education, we are confident that with the rich and diverse experience that she brings to this expanded role, Dr. Mboya-Kidero will be very successful,” said Bill Egbe, who was previously the Coca-Cola Division President in the Nairobi regional office.
Dr. Mboya-Kidero joined The Coca-Cola Company in September 2008 as General Manager of the South Africa Franchise and Coca-Cola Canners SA. In 2011 she moved into her current role as EAG’s Group Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment (5By20). In this role, she led the Group’s efforts to contribute effectively toward the Company’s global commitment to empower five million women entrepreneurs across the Coca-Cola value chain by 2020. She did this by working with the System across all of Africa, Middle East, India, Turkey and Russia to accelerate the development of sustainable small enterprises, job creation and overall economic empowerment of women through entrepreneurial opportunities within the Coca-Cola value chain.
Some of her most notable achievements include securing over $115 million in partner funding towards the 5By20 initiatives, including a $100 million fund from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to provide financing to women retailers.
“I am delighted to be taking up this new role, and look forward to contributing towards bettering the lives of the hundreds of millions of Africans who today require the assistance of corporates to not only run successful enterprises, but secure proper sanitation, education and healthcare for their families and communities,” she said.
“At the core of Coca-Cola’s business is sustainability; and it is through the various projects undertaken by the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation that we are able to work with partners to make a positive difference to the communities that have so warmly welcomed us and allowed us to operate in their midst.”
Through TCAAF, Coca-Cola is currently running various programmes in collaboration with partners in Government, the private sector and NGOs, most notably the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), 5By20 and Project Nurture in Kenya.
About The Coca-Cola Company
Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa is The Coca-Cola Company’s Business Unit that serves 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is headquartered in Nairobi. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, we refresh the continent with our billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero and Minute Maid. Globally, The Coca-Cola Company is the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day.
With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at http://www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or check out our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com.
About The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation was established in 2001 as an African community foundation in response to the growth and impact of the HIV pandemic. In 2002, The Foundation and Africa-based Coca-Cola bottlers established the most extensive employee healthcare program for HIV/AIDS and related conditions in Africa. The Foundation’s community activities focus on one of four key areas central to life in Africa: water, health, education and entrepreneurship. By providing assistance in the most critical areas of need, we strive to improve the quality of life for communities in Africa and expand the opportunities for those who live there.
Additionally, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is involved in humanitarian assistance in Africa, for disaster relief and emergency assistance. For more information please visit http://www.tccaf.org
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Dr. Susan Mboya-Kidero appointed President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation