- Board of Directors
- Officers of the Company
Eng. Hani Nabih Aziz Berzi
Chairman and Managing Director, Representing Berco Limited
Mr. Berzi graduated from Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt) with a BSc in Computer and Control Engineering. He has 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, having started his career in 1986 by joining Tasty Foods Egypt, his family’s snack food business. Mr. Berzi subsequently held the position of Sales and Marketing Vice President at Tasty Foods Egypt after a sale of a part of its shares to PepsiCo, from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Berzi became a member of the Board of Edita Food Industries in 1996 and became the Managing Director in 1996, and Chairman of the Board in 1996. Mr. Berzi is also a member of the Board of the Chamber of Food Industries and the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, and is the Chairman of the Egyptian-Greek Business Council (Egyptian side). Previously, he was a member of the Boards of a number of companies in the food and beverage industry including Technopack in 1987, Rotopak in 1989 and Egypt Sack in 1997, and has also served as Chairman of the Food Export Council and a Board Member of the Federation of Egyptian Industry.
Mr. Samir Nabih Aziz Berzi
Vice Chairman, Representing Berco Limited
Mr. Berzi graduated from Cairo University (Cairo, Egypt) in 1982 with a BA in Commerce. He has 33 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, having started his career by joining Tasty Foods Egypt. In 1986, Mr. Berzi founded Berzi Confectionary, which was later acquired by Tasty Foods Egypt. He subsequently held the position of Industrial Operation Vice President at Tasty Foods Egypt after a sale of a part of its shares to PepsiCo. Mr. Berzi has also established a number of companies including Digma Trading, a fast-moving consumer goods distribution company and Edita Food Industries. Mr. Berzi became a member of the Board of Edita Food Industries in 1996. He is also the Chairman of Digma Trading and Edita Confectionary Industries, a member of the American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board and shareholder of Le Pacha 1901, a shareholder of Mirage Hotels, which owns the JW Marriott at Mirage City, and a shareholder of Sakkara Tourism Investment, which owns the Mirage City compound at New Cairo.
Ms. Fatma Lotfy
Board Member, Representing Berco Limited
Ms. Lotfy has been a member of Edita’s Board of Directors since 2015 with over 30 years of commercial and investment banking experience under her belt. Since she began her career in the late 1980s, Ms. Lotfy has held senior and key executive positions in a number of renowned international and local banks and sits on the boards of several large-scale financial institutions. Since 2015, she has been a board member of Credit Libanias Beirut and a board member at EFG Hermes Leasing. Prior to that, Ms. Lotfy was the Deputy Chairperson and Managing Director at Bank Audi Egypt, the First Deputy Chairperson and Managing Director at Alexbank Intesa San Paolo, and Managing Director and Board and Executive Committee Member at Al Watani Bank of Egypt (currently NBK Egypt), in addition to several other senior positions at various institutions including the Commercial International Bank (CIB). Ms. Lotfy is also highly engaged in her role as an active corporate citizen through her activities as a member of the Egyptian European Council, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce, the Egyptian American Chamber of Commerce, in addition to being an active member of the Economic Committee of the Women’s National Congress.
Mr. Spyridon Theodoropoulos
Board Member, Representing Exoder Limited
He graduated from Athens Economic University with a business degree. He started his career with a small family business producing dairy products in 1976. Since then, he has uninterruptedly worked in the FMCG industry and was a General Manger of several FMCG companies. He acquired Chipita SA, a Greek based company producing snacks, in two stages: the first 50% of shares were acquired in 1986 and the remaining 50% in 1989. In 1990, Eurohellenic Fund (representing, among others, Olayan Group, De Benedetti, Alpha Finance and Titan Group) invested in Chipita which coincided in time with the commencement of the croissant production, expansion of Chipita’s activities, setup of production facilities in several countries worldwide and formation of joint ventures in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. In 2006, Chipita merged with Delta Holdings SA to form Vivartia SA. From 2006 until 2010 Mr. Theodoropoulos was the Managing Director of Vivartia SA. During 2010 together with Olayan group, as well as other Greek partners, Mr. Theodoropoulos acquired Chipita SA. As of today he is the CEO of Chipita SA and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Greece. In the past, he served as the president of the Athens Stock Exchange Listed Companies Association, a vice-president of Greek Federation of Industries and a vice-president of Helex. Mr. Theodoropoulos became Edita’s Board Member in 1996.
Mr. Jeff Van der Ems
Board Member, Representing Kingsway
Jeff Van der Ems is an experienced board director and former executive with wide commercial and international leadership experience as a CEO, COO, CFO and non-executive director for global biscuits and snacks businesses. Having spent the last 13 years of his executive career at United Biscuits (one of the largest biscuits companies in Europe with iconic brands such as McVitie’s and Jacob’s dating back to the 1800s), Mr. Van der Ems brings a wealth of experience as a successful strategist and commercial leader. At United Biscuits, Jeff successfully led the company’s international expansions (into, amongst other markets, India, China, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria) from 2007 to 2014, before assuming the role of Group CEO following the company’s acquisition by Yildiz for c. USD 3 nillion. Prior to United Biscuits, Jeff spent 12 years at PepsiCo, latterly as CFO of PepsiCo UK and Ireland. He has served as a non-executive director for food and snacks businesses in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, South Africa and Israel. Mr. Van der Ems holds a BA in English and American literature from the University of California Irvine and a Masters in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).
Mrs. Sahar El Sallab
Independent Board Member
Mrs. El Sallab graduated from the American University in Beirut and from the Harvard Kennedy School for Management. She worked and trained at Citibank Cairo and Athens as well as joined Chase National Bank of Egypt. She then spent 25 years working at Commercial International Bank, where she achieved the position of Vice Chairman and Managing Director. She was also the Chairperson of Commercial International Capital Holding Company (CI Capital). After significant private sector experience, she became the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry for Development and Investment in Internal Trade in Egypt. Mrs. El Sallab has been nominated as one of 100 Most Powerful Arabic Women 2011 by South African Magazine CEO, and one of 10 Most Powerful Egyptians Women 2011 by the Egypt Business Directory. Mrs El Sallab currently serves as a chairperson of Hiteknofal Company. Mrs. El Sallab is also a member of Edita's Audit Committee.
Mr. Hussein Choucri
Independent Board Member
Mr. Choucri graduated from Ain Shams University and the American University in Cairo with a degree in commerce and management, respectively. He joined investment banking department of Morgan Stanley in New York as an Associate in 1980 and had been its Managing Director from 1987 until 1993. In 1993, he became its Advisory Director to serve in this capacity until 2007. In 1996, he established HC Securities & Investment, which currently is one of the leading investment banks in the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Choucri is a board member of a number of associations and reputable companies, including Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels and Cinema and The Egyptian British Business Council (EBBC). Mr. Choucri joined Edita as a Board Member in January 2015. Mr. Choucri is also a member of Edita's Audit Committee.
Mr. Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour
Independent Board Member
Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour is a veteran banker, industrialist and public servant. Mr. Abdel Nour first entered government service in 2011 as Minister of Tourism, a post he held until 2012. He rejoined cabinet as Minister of Trade and Industry in July 2013 and went on to serve as Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment and as Minister of Trade, Industry and SMEs until he left office in September 2015. Prior to entering government, Mr. Abdel Nour was a banker with Banque de l'Union Européenne and American Express. He founded Vitrac, a leading Egyptian maker of jams, juices and syrups, in the 1980s and grew the company into a category-defining player with a dominant market share in Egypt and strong export network. Mr. Abdel Nour led Vitrac’s sale in 2002 to Hero Group, a leading Switzerland-based international consumer foods company. Mr. Abdel Nour was chairman of Hero Middle East from 2004 until 2011. He is currently a board member of GB Auto, Domty and Beltone Financial. His past directorships include service to the Egyptian Exchange (1999-2002), the Federation of Egyptian Industries (2004-2007), the Egyptian Competition Authority (2005-2007), among others. Mr. Abdel Nour holds a BSc in statistics from Cairo University’s School of Economics and Political Science and an MA in economics from the American University in Cairo. He is an Egyptian national.
Mr. Hanny Y. Elmessiry
Independent Board Member
Hanny Elmessiry has over 15 years of experience in the food and beverages industry. From 2012-2015 he served as Chief Executive Officer for IFFCO Egypt, North Africa’s largest edible oil and fats refining and processing company. Before that, he acted as Vice President and Managing Director of Golden State Foods Middle East, whose clients include McDonalds, YUM Brands, and Americana. Currently Elmessiry is also a Partner at Global Equity Ventures, a fund investing in projects in the MENA region with a focus on entrepreneurship, franchising, information technology, logistics, and sports tourism. He also serves on the board of several for-profit companies in addition to teaching strategic management at The American University in Cairo. Previously Elmessiry also acted as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Housing Communities. He also served as Governor of Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city. In the 1980s and 1990s, Elmessiry lived in California, USA, where he pursued educational opportunities and gained extensive international work experience with a number of companies, including Bank of America and Al Baraka Bancorp California. Upon returning to the Middle East, he worked for several companies, where he was responsible for projects in the areas of private infrastructure, oil & gas, petrochemicals, and international trade.
Eng. Hani Nabih Aziz Berzi
Chairman and Managing Director
Mr. Berzi graduated from Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt) with a BSc in Computer and Control Engineering. He has 29 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, having started his career in 1986 by joining Tasty Foods Egypt, his family’s snack food business. Mr. Berzi subsequently held the position of Sales and Marketing Vice President at Tasty Foods Egypt after a sale of a part of its shares to PepsiCo, from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Berzi became a member of the Board of Edita Food Industries in 1996 and became the Managing Director in 1996, and Chairman of the Board in 1996. Mr. Berzi is also a member of the Board of the Chamber of Food Industries and the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, and is the Chairman of the Egyptian-Greek Business Council (Egyptian side). Previously, he was a member of the Boards of a number of companies in the food and beverage industry including Technopack in 1987, Rotopak in 1989 and Egypt Sack in 1997, and has also served as Chairman of the Food Export Council and a Board Member of the Federation of Egyptian Industry.
Mr. Sameh Naguib
Vice President (Finance) and Chief Financial Officer
Sameh Naguib joined Edita following his most recent stint as chief financial officer and a member of the board of directors of the ASEC Company for Mining, an EGX-listed company better known as ASCOM, which he joined in late 2011. Naguib’s earlier professional track record includes a more than 10-year run with Heineken International, where he held a series of increasingly senior positions in Egypt, Algeria and the Netherlands, including business controller for the group’s activities across 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Naguib entered the workforce as an assistant to the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade in 2000 before joining Al Ahram Beverages Co. in 2001 as a financial analyst prior to that company’s acquisition by Heineken. He worked on the group’s EGP 250 mn Gouna Beverages acquisition before going on to become costing manager responsible for both the company’s primary factory and its raw materials plants. He was later promoted to become regional business controller for Africa and the Middle East with responsibilities for 10 countries. After a two-year stint in that role, Naguib was seconded to Heineken’s Algerian subsidiary, where he was finance director from January 2009 until he joined ASCOM as CFO and Board Member in October 2011.
Mr. Alfred Younan
Vice President Sales and International Markets
Mr. Younan has 24 years of experience in the FMCG industry. He graduated from Alexandria University (Alexandria, Egypt) in 1992 with a BA in Commerce, and completed the International Marketing Program at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 1998 and the Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, USA) in 2009. Mr. Younan joined Edita Food Industries as National Sales Manager in 2005 and became Vice President— Sales and International Business in 2007. Previously, he worked as Business Development and Export Director at Hero Middle East from 2002 to 2005, National Sales and Distribution Director at Al Ahram Beverages (a member of the Heineken group) from 2000 to 2001, Marketing and Sourcing General Manager at Mansour Distribution Company (Distributor of Philip Morris in Egypt) from 1997 to 2000 and the Horn of Africa Representative at Philip Morris from 1994 to 1996.
Eng. Omar Abdel Ghaffar
Vice President Industrial Operations
Mr. Abdel Ghaffar has 10 years of experience in industrial operations. He graduated from Concordia University (Montr´eal, Canada) in 2004 with a BSc in Industrial Engineering, and completed the Executive Operations Management Program, Manufacturing, at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 2013. Prior to obtaining his BSc, he participated in a number of internships and training programs with large multinationals including Danone and Henkel. Mr. Abdel Ghaffar joined Edita Food Industries as Vice President—Industrial Operations in 2012. Previously, Mr. Abdel Ghaffar was Operations Director at Orascom Housing Communities from 2007 to 2012, Development Manager at Kuwait Controls Company from 2005 to 2007, and worked with the International Operations at Forbes Marshall from 2004 to 2005.
Ms. Inas Abdel Rahman
Vice President Marketing
Ms. Abdel Rahman has over 20 years of experience in marketing. She graduated from Cairo University in 1992 with a BA in Economics and Political Science and obtained her MBA from the American University (Cairo, Egypt), specializing in Marketing and International Business, in 1998. Ms. Abdel Rahman joined Edita Food Industries as Vice President— Marketing in 2009. Previously, Ms. Abdel Rahman was Global Category Manager at Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions, Italy from 2006 to 2009, Marketing Manager at Tetra Pak, Egypt from 2003 to 2006, and a Director and Partner at Directions Marketing Research & Services Limited from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that, she worked as marketing consultant and economic researcher in a number of organizations, including Carana Corporation, Phoenix Consulting Associates and Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
Mr. Maged Tadros
Vice President Human Resources & Administration
Mr. Tadros has over 20 years of experience in human resources. He graduated from Helwan University (Cairo, Egypt) in 1986 with a BA in Hotel Management. Mr. Tadros joined Edita as Vice President—HR and Administration in 2010. Before joining us, Mr. Tadros was Human Resources Development Manager at Al Ahram Beverages (a member of the Heineken group) from 2006 to 2010 and as an Independent Organizational Development Consultant from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, he worked as Training and Development Senior Supervisor at Vodafone Egypt from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Tadros is certified as a Human Resources Assessor and Franklin Covey Trainer.
Eng. Mohamed El Bahey
Vice President Supply Chain
Mr. El Bahey has 19 years of experience in the FMCG industry. He graduated from Ain Shams University in 1995 with a BSc in Engineering (Mechanical Power Section). Mr. El Bahey joined Edita Food Industries as Vice President—Supply Chain in 2012. Previously, Mr. El Bahey was Managing Director and CEO of Kraft Foods Algeria from 2010 to 2012 and Supply Chain and Sale Director at Kraft Foods Egypt from 2004 to 2010. He has also been a member of the Board of Kraft Foods Egypt from 2004 to 2012 and Managing Director of Kraft Foods Distribution Limited from 2006 to 2012. From 1995 to 2004 he worked at Gillette Egypt, as Production Engineer, and later as Value Chain Manager for North Africa and Pakistan at Gillette Egypt, and as Assistant Regional Supply Chain Director at Gillette MEA.
Mr. Sherif Shaker
Director of Internal Audit and Compliance
Mr. Shaker has 30 years of experience in finance and auditing. He graduated from Ain Shams University with a BA in Commerce in 1983 and obtained his MBA from the Arab Academy Graduate School of Business (Alexandria, Egypt) in 2009, specializing in Finance, Investment and Banking. Mr. Shaker joined Edita Food Industries as Financial Manager in 1997 and became Internal Audit and Compliance Director in 2010. Previously, Mr. Shaker was Financial Manager at Peugeot Egypt from 1993 to 1997, Accounting Supervisor at Hoechst Egypt Pharmaceutical Company from 1991 to 1993, and held various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Shaker is a Certified Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD).
Mr. Panagiotis Papadodimas
Research and Development Director
Mr. Panagiotis has 14 years’ experience in research and development. He graduated from the University of Surrey (Guildford, United Kingdom) in 1998 with a BA in Chemistry and the University of Reading (Reading, United Kingdom) in 1999 with a master’s degree in Food Science and Technology. He obtained his MBA from Alba Graduate Business School (Athens, Greece) in 2010. Mr. Panagiotis joined Edita as Research and Development Director in 2014. Before joining Edita, Mr. Panagiotis was Senior Research and Development Food Developer and Continuous Improvement at E.J. Papadopoulos from 2011 to 2014, Research and Development Scientist at General Mills from 2005 to 2009 and Jotis from 2001 to 2005.