DHL appoints new Southern, East Africa CEOs

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Lubabalo Mtya, the former managing director for South Africa, has become the new CEO for the Southern Africa region and the DHL Global Forwarding country manager for Ghana, Pramod Bagalwadi, has been named as East Africa CEO as well as country manager for Kenya.

“DHL Global Forwarding has been growing steadily across the Southern African and East African regions. However, the untapped market is still huge. More investments and global customers are coming into Africa every day and we need to be ready to serve them with excellence,” said DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) chief executive, Roger Olsson.

“That requires a great team, led by great management. Both Mtya and Bagalwadi’s operational backgrounds, combined with leadership experience and business acumen, are welcome additions to our senior leadership team in Africa, and their promotions to regional roles are well-deserved and ones that both are eminently equipped to fulfil.”

Mtya will now be responsible for Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa while Bagalwadi will take charge of Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mauritius, as well as assume the role of country manager for Kenya.

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“This is an expanded role for me and I welcome the opportunities to develop the freight forwarding opportunities. Intra-African trade, and especially Southern Africa development corridors have tremendous potential for growth and we will focus on the synergies of these markets and the benefits for our local, regional and global clients,” said Mtya.

“A regional role in the exciting East Africa region and Kenya gives me an opportunity to continue to expand on the success our teams have had in Ghana both operationally and commercially to provide services and solutions for our clients,” Bagalwadi added.

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Bagalwadi will also continue his role as acting country manager for DHL Global Forwarding Ghana until a suitable replacement is found.