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Seprod reshapes executive team to boost talent pool

Published:Friday | January 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMNeville Graham
Richard Pandohie, CEO of Seprod Limited.

​Seprod Limited has kicked off the new year with a series of management promotions to build on double-digit growth, which the company's boss said would be reflected in the financial report for year 2017.

Having invested heavily in retooling and product development, CEO Richard Pandohie said it was time to focus on boosting the food conglomerate's human resources pool to plug its talent gap.

"The company has expanded to the point that we now need to bring on additional resources ... as we've gone for innovation and export growth, we've had to draw on more resources to do that," Pandohie said.

"We carefully went for the right-fit personnel to fill those gaps. We are particularly happy that all the talent we brought on is local," he said.

On Wednesday, Seprod advised the market of five changes to its executive management team, effective January 1.

Company Secretary Marilyn Anderson has been promoted to general manager of Caribbean Products Company Limited, taking over from Clement Burnett, who has retired.

Damion Dodd is now chief financial officer and corporate secretary, replacing Angela Cooper, who retired from the position at year end. Cooper, however, will assume responsibility for various special financial projects within the group.

Major Evrol Dixon has been appointed general manager of International Biscuits Limited following the retirement of Rupert Ashman.

And, Kerrian Johnson, who has been handling some of Sepod's marketing activities since 2015, has been promoted to group marketing manager.

Pandohie says the changes are in line with his company's succession planning.

"As a company, we've been around for 78 years and we plan to continue for a long time to come. We're looking to build the talent pool throughout the organisation. This is why we brought on our 20 interns last year. Those graduates are now going through the various rotations and will eventually take up management, supervisory and leadership positions," Pandohie said.

He says the myriad changes through capex projects over the last three years, since he has been CEO, has pointed Seprod in the right direction.

"While the numbers are not yet out, shareholders can look for double-digit growth at the end of the year," said Pandohie of the results for year ending December 2017.

"This year will be one of consolidation and building on gains. We had a lot of projects that came on stream the mills, the Nestle factory acquisition, exports and others. We are looking for solid performance," he said.

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