NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Keroche Breweries founder and CEO Tabitha Karanja has been named the Businesswoman of the Year in the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLAs).
The awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The award recognised her unfailing resilience and unrivalled business prudence over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people.
“It has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa’s corporate landscape and discover so many exceptional men and women who are making their indelible contribution toward the progress of the continent into a globally competitive entity with a strong internal business sector,” Director of Brandhouse, South Africa, Jeff Milliken said.
In a process that began over two months ago, with regional finals in West, East and Southern Africa, the pioneering and innovative business leaders of Africa in their respective fields were finally whittled down to just five game-changing individuals.
“With the continent hosting eight of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is internationally perceived as the next great business frontier which is both exciting and inspiring,” Milliken noted.
The ceremony also presented the coveted title of Young Business Leader of the Year jointly to Group CEOs of South Africa’s leading activations agency, The Creative Counsel, Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner.
The two were recognised for using their collective charisma and entrepreneurial spirit to build the company into the top-ranking marketing, media and advertising group in South Africa.
For his sustained success and bold contribution to solutions-based business and IT strategies across multiple platforms for companies of varying sizes, Asher Bohbot (South Africa), CEO of Enterprise Outsourcing Holdings (EOH) Limited, was named Business Leader of the Year.
The prestigious accolade of Entrepreneur of the Year went to Executive Chairman of JSE-listed brokerage, Brimstone Investment Corporation, Fred Robertson (South Africa).
Robertson was honoured for his demonstrated leadership on both the national and international business stages and, in particular, through his directorship and co-founding of numerous leading of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) companies.