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KFC names new chief executive

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A KFC outlet in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • KFC has appointed a new chief executive for East Africa after the former CEO left and later joined rival Java House Africa.
  • The appointment will see Jacques Theunissen taking over from Derrick Van Houten who left KFC last September and moved to Java House on March 1 as the new boss.

KFC has appointed a new chief executive for East Africa after the former CEO left and later joined rival Java House Africa.

The appointment will see Jacques Theunissen taking over from Derrick Van Houten who left KFC last September and moved to Java House on March 1 as the new boss.

The appointment is a promotion for Mr Theunissen who was previously working as the operations manager at KFC in East Africa. He has also worked before as KFC chief operating officer in East Africa.

“I took over as chief executive officer of Kuku Foods East Africa on 1st October 2020. This appointment was after the then incumbent, Mr Derrick Van Houten, left the company to pursue other interests,” Mr Theunissen told Business Daily.

KFC started operations in Kenya in 2011. In East Africa, It has shops in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The total number of outlets operated by the fast food chain in East Africa are 35.