Management

Bhekizitha W. Mthembu aka Bheki

Bhekizitha W. Mthembu aka Bheki
Chief Executive Officer, CIMERWA

A career that started 17 years ago in 1999 as a Development Chemist with PPC Cement in South Africa has seen Bheki rise through the ranks of PPC to become the CEO of PPC CIMERWA in Rwanda. From being a lead Chemist with PPC, Bheki embraced his managerial skills with PPC and went on to become a Quality Assurance Manager with PPC Cement. This led on to the positions of Regional Quality Assurance Manager in 2008 and Group Quality Assurance Manager in 2010. From 2014 to 2016, he became General Manager Operations with PPC Cement. Bheki is an MBA holder in Strategic Investment & Leadership from University of Pretoria.

John Bugunya

John Bugunya
Chief Finance Officer

Formally with Bank of Kigali as Chief Finance Officer for over 4 years and on to Prime Insurance as CEO, John comes with a wealth of knowledge in Business Finance Management and Planning. An avid numbers gentleman who had a broad understanding of business leads our Finance Division as the Chief Finance Officer.

Paul Nkusi

Paul Nkusi
Human Resource Manager

Having worked in the public sector with the National Bank of Rwanda and now the private sector with CIMERWA, Paul comes with multifaceted perspectives in people management. Paul has helped CIMERWA develop a people first culture that enables better output for the organization as a whole. Paul is a graduate of Makerere University.

Edgar Odipo

Edgar Odipo
Sales & Distribution Manager

A go-getting and team-oriented business leader with multi-country experience of particular focus to Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi & Northern Tanzania. He has held progressive leadership responsibilities spanning over a decade in multinational companies such as Lafarge Holcim Cement. His multi-functional roles in sales, customer service and supply chain management have enabled him to acquire high-level commercial awareness and build diverse networks. He currently serves as the Sales & Distribution Manager of PPC CIMERWA – a role he took up in 2016.

John Jovith Maridadi

John Jovith Maridadi
Sales, Marketing & Distribution

A graduate of the Southampton Business School, John is a fast paced gentleman who oversees all Brand Marketing Communications related activities as well as product visibility & distribution at CIMERWA. He has cross cutting past experience in advertising, brand building strategist & communications of the corporate world. Beyond CIMERWA, he has worked with international brands such as MTN Rwanda & UNICEF.
John has an M.A. International Business, Marketing, Trade and Finance.

 
Karl Willem Heese
The General Manager

With over 26 years of professional experience in Engineering, leadership and management, Karl Willem Heese joined CIMERWA in 2016 as the General Manager; from PPC Cement Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he had served at the same position since November 2013.
With such an international experience and expertise in the field of Engineering, cement manufacturing and exemplary leadership, he has been at the center of success of CIMERWA where he is charged with operations execution strategies that has transformed the entire plant tremendously in terms of production and operation efficiency.
Prior to joining PPC, he occupied various managerial positions in manufacturing plants.
Karl has both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa respectively. Over the course of his professional career, he has been able to acquire other internationally recognized certifications in the field of Engineering such as Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Professional Engineer (Pr Eng) all of which earns him a professional reputation and highly qualified executive manager in the field.
He is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German languages.

Juvenal Rutaganda

Juvenal Rutaganda
Strategic Initiatives Manager

Juvenal has a bachelor degree in Materials Sciences and Engineering, which is a specialization in cement Technology, from Shanghai TONGJI university in the People’s Republic of China. He joined CIMERWA in October 1989 and has worked for the company in various positions, starting as an assistant Engineer and progressing through different mid-level managerial positions before being named Operations Manager in 2007. He is fluent in English, Chinese, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda.

Revocat Munyazikwiye Mbuguje
Legal Manager

Revocat is our in-house legal guru. He has been the Legal Manager of CIMERWA Ltd since 2008. He has a Bachelor Degree in Law from the National University of Rwanda. Revocat speaks English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili and Lingala.