Gowero retires from Delta board after 25 years

By Anyway Yotamu

HARARE – Delta Corporation Chief Executive Officer Pearson Gowero steps down effective 30 June 2021 on retirement basis.

Gowero was appointed as the chief executive officer 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 Zambian Breweries Group until his return to Delta as chief operating officer in 2011.

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“Pearson has provided leadership to the group during a period of significant business challenges in the operating environment,” said group chairman Canaan Dube.

Meanwhile group finance director Matlhogonolo Valela has been appointed the new chief executive officer effective 1 July 2021. He has been the group finance director since July 2011.

Valela joined the group in December 1996 and has occupied various roles of increasing seniority in operational finance and accounting, becoming the group treasurer in 2003. 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.

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“The Board congratulates Mr Valela on his appointment and is confident that he will leverage his wealth of knowledge, strategic insights and passion to drive business growth.”

Alex Makamure, who is currently the company secretary and group treasurer with functional responsibility for corporate affairs and supply chain, has been appointed as the new group finance director effective 1 April 2021.

Makamure joined the group in 1998 as finance manager at Chibuku Breweries Division becoming divisional finance director in 2002. He served as the general manager finance for the combined beverages business from 2003 until his appointment as company secretary in January 2006.

Makamure is a Chartered Accountant (FCAZ) who served articles with Coopers & Lybrand. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of London.

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