BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
MATLHOGONOLO Valela has been appointed chief executive officer at the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed beverages blue chip, Delta Corporation, according to a statement released by the firm.
He replaces Pearson Gowero, who is retiring from the role.
Valela, who has been the group finance director since July 2011, will take up the new role on July 1, Delta said late Wednesday.
He is a chartered accountant who served articles with Schmulian & Sibanda Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Technology-Accountancy degree from the University of Zimbabwe.
He has participated in leadership and executive development programmes run by leading global institutions.
“The board congratulates Valela on his appointment and is confident that he will leverage his wealth of knowledge, strategic insights and passion to drive business growth,” the firm said.
Gowero will retire from the job on June 30 after being appointed as the CEO in June 2012, having joined the group in March 1997.
He started at Chibuku Breweries in marketing and rose to become the divisional managing director.
He was appointed to the Delta board in 2003 as executive director responsible for the beverages business sales and distribution operations.
Gowero was seconded to SABMiller Africa in 2006 where he served as managing director of the Zambian Breweries Group until his return to Delta as chief operating officer in 2011.
“Pearson has provided leadership to the group during a period of significant business challenges in the operating environment,” the Delta statement said.
The Delta board also appointed Alex Makamure to the role of finance director with effect from April 1, 2021.
Makamure is currently the company secretary and group treasurer with functional responsibility for corporate affairs and supply chain.
Makamure joined the group in 1998 as finance manager at Chibuku Breweries Division becoming divisional finance director in 2002.
He is also a chartered accountant who served articles with Coopers & Lybrand.