United National Breweries
Management Team

MD & CEO - Rajan Ranganathan

Mr Ranganathan, a top ranking Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, joined The UB Group in 1982 and has held various positions in the Group.

He has a total of over 30 years of valuable experience in various fields.  He moved to UNB in 1996 as Executive Vice-president – Finance.  He was elevated to the position of President and COO thereafter.  He took over the reins of UNB as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2003.

Though his core area is finance, he has gained considerable experience and success in general management positions over many years.  He has been instrumental in many a turnaround of loss- making businesses in The UB Group.

Under his leadership UNB has grown from strength to strength.  As an astute professional, with a clear understanding of the traditional beer business, he has quite a number of credits to his name including turning around the company into a profitable venture.

Senior VP Manufacturing - Richard Phefeni Ngwenya

He is currently supervising Operations, Transport and is also temporarily entrusted with Human Resource functions of the company.

After completing the Engineering Apprenticeship Program of South African Breweries in 1983 (and in the process becoming the first black artisan in SAB), he worked with them for 11 years before joining the then National Sorghum Breweries. He also acquired the MBA Degree whilst working with us and has been the head of Sakhile, Butterworth and Egoli breweries before moving to the Head Office in 2012.

He brings with him an extensive experience of over 30 years in varied functions like manufacturing, quality control, engineering, project, safety management, sales, training and general management.

Senior VP Sales - Gary Reade

Gary joined the company in 2006 and held various positions in the sales organisation within the ranks of UNB.

He brings with him vast experience in the informal market sector both urban and rural. He is a specialist in the traditional beer business with a foot print through-out Southern Africa and has built strong and lasting relationships with all stakeholders.

His expertise is in strategic start-up ventures, business turnarounds, market development and marketing.

Gary leads a highly dynamic Sales and Marketing Force and achieves success through mentoring, coaching and empowering his Sales Teams (staff development) to achieve success.

Corporate VP - Ramesh Katte

Ramesh joined the UB Group in 1990 and has held various positions in India before he was seconded to UNB in early 2002.

Ramesh is a Chartered Accountant from India and also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (USA). He has over 25 years of experience in various fields of finance both in India and South Africa. As a lead auditor for ISO systems, he was instrumental in spearheading the first brewery in India to be certified for ISO.

He leads a team of dedicated Finance Managers of our brewing and malting divisions and the ever reliable IT systems of our company.

UNB is committed to responsible drinking. Our products are not for sale to persons under the age of 18.