Fred, Roy and Wiseman Go International

Friday, 23 May 2014
Illovo Sugar Ltd

"Illovo Sugar has three participants – Fred Simwase, Roy Gent and Wiseman Nene - who all recently completed their EIT programme. "

Fred Simwase Roy Gent Wiseman Nene

IMAGES: Fred Simwase, Roy Gent and Wiseman Nene

AN exciting new development programme has been launched in which carefully selected early-in-career graduates are spending six months in an AB Sugar business different from their own.

Known as The International Experience Programme, it has been devised to provide an opportunity for people with potential to gain structured and supported international experience, build strong networks and help accelerate their future career within AB Sugar. We have a unique opportunity to leverage the international scope of AB Sugar to develop talent and to facilitate greater collaboration and understanding across our businesses. This will offer participants the opportunity to experience a different way of operating, a different culture and to meet and interact with a new group of people.

Illovo Sugar has three participants – Fred Simwase, Roy Gent and Wiseman Nene - who all recently completed their EIT programme. Wiseman Nene from Eston is based in the North at Jangbei, China, about 2-3 hours’ drive north-west of Beijing. He began in October 2012 and is participating in the start-up of AB Sugar China’s new factory.

Roy Gent from Sezela, based primarily in Madrid with their technology department, will also spend four weeks at the Guadalete refinery, four weeks at the Bañeza factory and a few days at Wissington in the UK. He also began in October 2012 and the main focus of his programme is to assist the Spanish business with the development of a liquid sugar product.

Fred Simwase from Nakambala is based at AB Sugar’s Central Office in Peterborough, UK, with the technology team. He will also spend time in China and Spain, focusing mainly on energy projects across all four AB Sugar businesses. He began his programme in early December 2012.

Illovo will be hosting an agricultural graduate from China, to be based mainly at Dwangwa in Malawi, and an operations graduate, who will be working with our corporate operations team.


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