By Nyasha Mutena
Delta Beverages Chief Executive Officer, Mr Pearson Gowero has stepped down, on retirement as Chief
Executive Officer and director of the Company effective 30 June 2021.
Drawing to close a distinguished career with the Group spanning nearly 25 years, Mr Gowero was appointed 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.
Mr 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.
Announcing the news via an official statement, Delta beverages board Chairman, Mr Cannan Dube said Pearson provided leadership to the Group during a period
of significant business challenges in the operating environment.
“The Board and management of Delta wish to thank Mr Gowero for his valued contribution to the Group and wish him well in
his retirement and future endeavours,” said Mr Dube.
Mr Matlhogonolo Valela will immediately assume
the role of Chief Operating Officer with effect from 1 July 2021. Mr Valela also known as Matts has been the Group Finance Director since July 2011. Joining the Group in December 1996, Mr Valela has occupied various roles of increasing seniority in operational finance and accounting, becoming the Group Treasurer in 2003.
“Matts 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. He has participated in leadership and executive development programmes run by leading global institutions.
“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,” said Mr Dube.