Already a well-established company in the region, with a reputation for high-quality packaging solutions, Silafrica has supported both leading global and regional consumer brands for almost half a century.
Silafrica, a leading packaging supplier to East Africa and surrounding regions, recently announced the appointment of Gavin Dehning as Group CEO.
NAIROBI, Kenya, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Already a well-established company in the region, with a reputation for high-quality packaging solutions, Silafrica has supported both leading global and regional consumer brands for almost half a century.
Upon making the announcement, Silafrica Group Managing Director, Akshay Shah stated, “With recent major investments in manufacturing technology and equipment, Silafrica is poised to achieve new levels of growth and success throughout Africaand beyond. In Gavin, we have a dynamic, accomplished individual with a track record of building and launching world-class facilities. He will play an important role in our company’s future success.”
Before joining Silafrica, Gavin served from 2015 to 2018 as COO with GSK Djibouti, which among its twenty-seven companies are NYK, Mearsk shipping lines, Bollore Logistics, DHL, Coca-Cola, and Tetra Pak. He was directly responsible for diversifying the Group’s interests into the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) space, bringing a world-class Coca-Cola facility to Somaliland and the greater Somali region. During his tenure at GSK, he was also instrumental in the establishment of state-of-the-art dairy facilities in Hargeisa and Djibouti, a snack food facility and a commercial farm, with juice pulping facilities for export.
Credited with i-pioneering the FMCG industry within the region, Gavin assumed the position of Managing Director of Somaliland Beverage Industries in 2010, becoming a shareholder and head of the FMCG portfolio in 2013, and finally taking up the Group COO position in 2015. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin received a university degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
An established packaging leader in the East Africa region, Silafrica is a trusted supplier to some of the largest food and beverage brands in the world, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Heineken, Unilever, SAB Miller and many others. In supporting these brands, the company has also effectively partnered with numerous world-class supply chain and technology partners.
“It is truly a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers such high-quality products and services, innovates for a roster of valued clients, develops a talented workforce, and does its part to be a leader in responsible sustainability,” Dehning says. “We are an organization led by a purpose – to make a positive and meaningful impact on everyone that Silafrica serves. I will do my utmost to serve our stakeholders and our people in fulfilling that mission.”
Until now, Silafrica has quietly gone about establishing what is now widely considered to be a world-class company. Due to its recent expansion of capabilities in products, facilities and services, the company is now well positioned for next-stage growth beyond its manufacturing footprint in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. With Gavin now at the helm of realizing Silafrica’s vision of “Making Packaging Roar,” the company is on track to bring best-in-class packaging to their global and regional customers who have a global vision to elevate their company with the right packaging.
Shah concludes, “I can think of no one better to join our organization at this time than Gavin. He brings with him a unique combination of global perspectives, local insights and a relentless practical execution approach that make him the perfect choice to help take Silafrica to new levels of growth and expansion.”