Delta Corporation’s long-serving chief executive officer Joe Mutizwa will leave the beverages manufacturing firm in May this year after transforming it into one of the best performing local companies.
Mutizwa leaves Delta after a career spanning over three decades.
In a trading update yesterday, Delta chairman Canaan Dube said: “Joe Mutizwa steps down as chief executive officer of the group and director of the company on May 31 2012 after a distinguished career with the group spanning nearly 30 years.”
“He leaves the group in a very strong position, which is a testimony to his strong leadership skills.”
Delta’s current chief operating officer Pearson Gowero will take over Mutizwa’s post on June 1 this year.
Gowero has been with Delta since 1997 and has been chief operating officer since July last year when he returned from a secondment to the SABMiller group.
Delta is an associate of SABMiller.
Mutizwa joined Delta in 1983 and rose through the ranks until his appointment as the group’s chief executive officer in 2002.
He was involved in the company’s de-merger and unbundling of non-beverages business between 2000 and 2001.
He also presided over the consolidation and refocusing of the beverages business under Delta Beverages.