KENYA – Grant Brooke, the co-founder and former CEO of Kenya-based B2B food distribution company, Twiga Foods, has announced that he is stepping down from active management, though he will remain on the company’s Board of Directors.
Brooke said in a statement that he’s completely letting go of the reins at Twiga Foods having overseen a smooth transition since handing over the office of CEO to co-founder, Peter Njonjo, early 2019.
In March 2019, Brooke stepped down from running the day-to-day activities at Twiga, taking up an Executive Director role which made him responsible for increasing the footprint of the startup in more countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
As Brooke revealed, running the company was taking much of his time, and he wanted to devote more energy to expanding into new markets.
“Starting new ventures is really my skill-set and passion, while proficiently running institutions is Peter’s skill-set and passion. Twiga has an aggressive growth plan and this transition leverages on our respective expertise,” Brooke said.
“Five years later, to see what Twiga has become, and is still growing into, is the absolute joy of my professional life,” Brooke said in the emotion-charged, gratitude-filled post.
“I want to give my first and deepest thanks to the Twiga team who have dreamed so big, gone through so much, and grown as individuals and a collective to heights I don’t think any of us thought possible a few years ago.”
While Brooke also talked about taking some time off to pay some attention to his personal life, he probably won’t be gone a long time as he also teased a new project that will be revealed in the next couple of months.
“I probably need to pay some attention to my personal life (entrepreneurship will do that to you). And while my next project is lined-up, I’ll have more to say about that in March/April. The coming weeks is the time to celebrate what we’ve done together at Twiga,” he said.
Since Peter Njonjo, Grant Brooke, and Kikonde Mwatela co-founded Twiga Foods in Kenya in 2014, the company has made significant strides in bridging the gaps in food and market security through an organised platform for an efﬁcient, fair, transparent and formal marketplace.
Twiga is a mobile-based supply platform for Africa’s retail outlets, kiosks, and market stalls. The company is using a mobile-based, cashless, business-to-business (B2B) food supply platform to access distribution into the millions of small and medium-sized vendors in African urban markets.