Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Zwelakhe Onwell Msomi as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of FMCSA (Manufacturing) effective 1 November 2012.
Msomi holds a BA (Hons) Economics & Political Science degree from the University Of Delhi in India and has held various positions with beverage giant Coca-Cola.
“We are pleased to have Onwell join us as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the FMCSA Board of Directors,” says Jeff Nemeth, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “He has a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and operations as well as extensive skills development experience together with a valuable understanding of consumer behaviour across the Southern African region.”
Msomi’s career spans over 20 years in corporate Southern Africa, primarily in the fast moving consumer goods market. Onwell started his career as a sales representative and worked his way up through various companies and roles, to his current position as Director: System Alignment & 5By20 Strategy for Coca-Cola South Africa. Previous companies include Lever Brothers, Gillette South Africa, Amabele Breweries and Illovo Sugar. Onwell is a member of the Business Unit Leadership Team, which is the executive management team of Coca-Cola South Africa.
A recent highlight of his career was as General Manager 2010 FIFA World Cup Project Team. In this role he lead the FIFA Project Team in ensuring that Coca-Cola South Africa and the Coca-Cola Africa Group, fully leveraged the short and long term business opportunities by successfully assessing, planning, coordinating and executing all activities of the FIFA World Cup Coca-Cola Sponsorship. The project was a resounding success. The Coca-Cola South Africa execution of the 2010 FIFA World Sponsorship has been rated by FIFA as the best among all FIFA World Cup sponsors, and the best ever within The Coca-Cola Company globally.
Previous positions include National Sales Manager (RSA), General Sales Manager (RSA), Operations Manager (Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi), Account Director (RSA, Namibia & Mozambique) and Market Execution Director (East & Central Africa Division – 28 countries). Onwell is a certified sales and marketing trainer and consultant. He sits on the Ethics and Compliance Committee of Coca-Cola South Africa and is a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa.
In his personal time he enjoys coaching and mentoring young talent, reading on socio economic and political issues, and studying business development and management.