Hima Cement Uganda has appointed Allan Ssemakula to act as chief executive officer. He replaces Daniel Pettersson, who has been relieved of his duties.
Sources have told us that Pettersson was asked to resign after he fell short of the company’s compliance rules.
“A number of audits were done (by the group) and he passed most of them. But there was a key audit on compliance, which he failed. The company is very keen on its image; that is why they had to fire him,” our source told us.
Hima Cement’s publicist Carol Kezaabu told us Pettersson moved on “to pursue other career options.”
The same communication was sent to the company’s suppliers. She also confirmed to The Observer that there is no specific date set to appoint a permanent chief executive officer.
Our source, however, also told us that Pettersson, on some occasions, faced a hostile human resource. In one incident, a dossier implicating some top managers circulated around the office in an effort to discredit the top hierarchy.
Some of the content in this dossier, according to our source, pointed to some managers engaging in some dubious dealings.
It is not clear whether the allegations in this dossier were ever investigated and the culprits brought to book. It is also not clear whether this dossier played a part in Pettersson’s exit.
Who is Ssemakula?
Ssemakula is a lawyer and has been the commercial director of Hima. He joined Hima Cement in 2014 as marketing manager.
He started his corporate career at Total Uganda in 2006 as a retail territory executive and progressed his career taking on several assignments with the Retail Sales department.
He then joined East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Uganda as the sales capabilities manager and later headed sales operations and strategy.