East African Breweries Limited (EABL) group finance director and head of strategy Gyorgy Geiszl will exit the company in June after the parent company, Diageo, recalled him for a senior position.
Gyorgy’s exit will mark an end to his five-year stay at EABL, which he joined in October 2015 t=when he took the position initially held Tracey Barnes.
EABL group managing director Andrew Cowan said Mr Geiszl will head the Diageo Global shared services, reporting directly to Diageo chief finance officer Kathryn Mikells.
“It is a massive accolade for him personally but also in terms of reflective glory for EABL. He has been able to grow as a leader and become an extremely valuable asset for Diageo,” said Mr Cowan said in an interview with the local dailies.
His position at the EABL will be taken by Risper Genga Ohaga, a Kenyan, who has worked as the chief finance officer with Barclays Bank Zambia Plc.
She was unveiled on Friday during the release of half year results to December 2019 in which net profits grew by 9% to Sh7.2 billion. The growth was attributed to a strong performance across all segments in the region.
Mr. Geiszl was hailed by Mr Cowan as having been a key brain behind EABL’s double digit growth over the period he has been at the position.
The incoming finance director is a renowned finance professional with Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi who has served as a senior manager at KPMG for nearly ten years before joining Barclays where she has served in various capacities for slightly over a decade.
Ms Ohaga has worked in many countries in Africa including Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana, Egypt, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, and Seychelles. She boasts of a decorated résumé of audit roles.