Congrats to Sharon Keith, new marketing director for Heineken South Africa, who will assume responsibility for a portfolio of brands that includes Heineken, Windhoek, Amstel, Strongbow and Soweto Gold. Keith has held senior marketing roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Brandhouse Beverages, Unilever and Standard Bank. Further afield, Unilever is regrouping after its third failed attempt to buy GlaxoSmithKline’s healthcare arm, manufacturer of such bathroom cabinet staples as Advil and Sensodyne. Unilever CEO Alan Jope insists that the business remains committed to “accelerating the company’s growth and repositioning the portfolio into higher growth categories”; these categories, he believes, are health, beauty and hygiene. In the meantime, the business is shedding 1,500 jobs globally as it consolidates around five business groups: beauty & wellbeing, personal care, home care, nutrition, and ice cream.
Comment: It’s been a bit of a rolling shakeup at Unilever these past few years as the business rationalises its expansive portfolio of brands.