KFC appoints a new Chief Marketing Officer for the African region​

By our News Team | 2022

Marketer with experience building the QSR brand in the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Iceland comes full circle to his African roots.

KFC Africa has announced the appointment of Grant Macpherson as its Chief Marketing Officer. The SA-born marketer joined the QSR brand in 2013 as Marketing Manager for KFC UK, where he led several portfolios across retail, brand and innovation.

In 2015, he moved to KFC Netherlands to lead the marketing function across that country, as well as Iceland and Sweden.

Following his successful tenure with the brand in the UK and Europe, Macpherson returned to South Africa in 2018 and has been at the forefront of driving branded retail for KFC, the company says in a media statement.

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During this time, he helped to navigate the brand through the pandemic, enabling it to continue to drive sales momentum, grow market share and elevate its leadership position.

Macpherson then assumed the role of Marketing Director, Brand Communication and Purpose, where he led KFC’s focus on ‘taste’, resulting in the recent industry award-winning ‘Taste Guarantee’ and ‘Taste Inspector’ campaigns. During this time, KFC South Africa was also voted ‘Coolest Brand that Cares’.

Brand continues to grow across Africa

“It is certainly an exciting time to be part of the brand as we continue to define our recipe for growth and good, ensuring we remain South Africa’s favourite QSR brand and continue to grow across the African continent,” says Macpherson.

Adds Dhruv Kaul, General Manager for KFC Africa: “We are proud to welcome Grant to the KFC Africa leadership team. We pride ourselves in understanding the different skills needed to deliver on our business goals, successfully, and while Grant’s experience and record speak for themselves, it is his approach to people and leadership that makes him such a natural fit for this role. 

“We look forward to seeing him continue to lead our marketing and make a distinctive mark.”

The year 2021 marked 50 years since the KFC brand was introduced to South Africa. Since then, it has expanded into many other parts of Africa. According to The Africa Report, KFC has a presence in 25 countries on the continent, with more than 1 300 franchises.

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With an esteemed academic journey, Dr. Kariisa’s accolades include an Honorary PhD in exemplary community service from the United Graduate College inTexas, an MBA from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazong University in China, and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University.
Dr. Kariisa pursued PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. As a dynamic educator, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at both Makerere University and Radboud University.

Dr Kin did his PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radbond University in Nigmegen, Netherlands. He previously served as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and Radbond University in Netherlands.

Dr Kin did his postgraduate courses in Strategic Business Management, Strategic Leadership Communication and Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives at Harvard University, Boston USA.

  • Other current and previous roles played by Dr Kin Kariisa:
  • Lecturer of e-Government and Information Security to graduate students at Makerere University, Kampala and Radbond University in the Netherlands
  • Director of Eco Bank Uganda Limited, one of the largest banks in Africa
  • Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, an umbrella industry association for all Television, Radio and online broadcasters in Uganda.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Nile Hotel International, that owns the leading hotel in Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Soliton Telmec Uganda, the leading telecom company in Optic fibre business managing over 80% of optic fibre in Uganda.