Ben Langat has been appointed managing director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc with effect from March 13, 2017. He will report to Roel van Neerbos, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Products Europe, Middle East and Africa from his base in Lagos, Nigeria.
Until June 2016, Langat was the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company where he led major business transformation, route to market plan growing volumes and market share and delivered double digit growth despite economic challenges. He further expanded the business into new categories including the successful launch of Pulpy. He developed a strong talented team for the business over the period.
Langat has over 24 years work experience spanning various senior management roles in Unilever Kenya, Malawi and Ghana respectively.
He also held the position of Finance Director of NBC from June 2009 to October 2012.
Langat, a Kenyan, is an Accountant by profession with a degree in Commerce at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston, having completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP 191). He has done several professional courses including the Excel Leadership Programme from IMD, Lausanne.
He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya CPA (K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and former Council Member, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
He is a strong people leader with high interpersonal skills with a track record of developing talent and capability development. His strong business acumen has led to a successful career.
Langat succeeds Rahul Colaco, who has taken over the Executive Director, Business Group China role as previously announced.