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Press release 5.28.20 par admin

Annie DATEU and Andrew VELLEMAN join the CFAO executive committee

Sèvres, May,26, 2020 - The CFAO Group has announced the appointment of Annie DATEU and Andrew VELLEMAN to the Executive Committee as of 1 April 2020. ...

  • Annie DATEU has been appointed Corporate Secretary for the CFAO Group. She joined CFAO in November 2011 to head the legal team at Eurapharma (CFAO Healthcare, division responsible for manufacturing and distributing pharmaceutical products). Her previous experience includes management positions at several international pharmaceutical and industrial companies. As Corporate Secretary, Annie will oversee legal affairs, risk management, safety and compliance, along with development and strategic planning for the Group.
  • Andrew VELLEMAN has been appointed CEO of the CFAO South Africa Division, which employs nearly 6,250 people and has a revenue of €1.8 Billion on annual basis. Andrew holds dual citizenship in South Africa & Netherlands and began his career at Mazars in South Africa and EY in the UK before taking up financial roles in the South African food distribution industry. Andrew joined Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) in 2003, before being named Operations Director of the CFAO Production Support Division in 2018.

Annie DATEU and Andrew VELLEMAN replace Olivier MARZLOFF and Hiroyoshi YOSHIKAWA, respectively.

Richard BIELLE, CFAO Chairman and CEO, said: "I would like to thank Olivier MARZLOFF and Hiroyoshi YOSHIKAWA for their significant contribution to the development of our Group. I wish Annie DATEU and Andrew VELLEMAN much success in their new assignments. Their achievements in their previous roles, their knowledge of our markets and their insights into the CFAO Group will be valuable assets."


The CFAO Group promotes growth and industrialization in Africa as well as the emergence of the continent's middle class.

With a revenue of over €5.5 billion, access to 46 of the 54 countries on the continent and more than 22,000 employees, CFAO is a key player in mobility, healthcare, consumer goods, infrastructure and energy.

The Group partners with leading international brands and covers the entire value chain—imports, wholesale, retail, logistics and production—in line with the highest quality standards, drawing on close to 170 years of hands-on knowledge and local expertise.

CFAO pursues a twofold strategy that focuses on manufacturing to promote local production and distribution through Africa's largest network to offer tailored, affordable products and services to people across the continent.

With Africa, For Africa

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