As the month of July came to an end, Uganda Breweries LTD held its annual staff conference and as is the norm, excellent staffers were recognized for their efforts and special behavior with an “MD’s Award” in a number of disciplines. Jinja’s UBL Sales Representative, Herbert “Owa Bell” Ndugga was one of the recipients of the prestigious award at Kampala Sheraton Hotel.
Herbert was recognized for being “Restless & Agile”. To break it down, Herbert went an extra mile in doing his work. Some corporates will take a day off after clearing their workload; not Herbert. UBL’s MD recognized him for that attribute. UBL rewards special behavior and being restless and agile is one of them. Last year, Herbert was recognized (see story here) for being exceptional in strengthening UBL’s core brands in the market across the 2014-15.
Herbert has been in the Jinja region for 2½ years now and getting the MD’s eye is not an easy paper, if you spoke to a UBL employee. Herbert broke a record as the most awarded UBL staffer in the last 5 years. This only means that the extremely outgoing sales rep had done well. Sources in UBL corridors tell us he was fast tracked for growth within the UBL ranks.
“The guy has done all he can do in Jinja and word is that he’s been fast tracked for growth. But from experience, he might be taken to a challenging market. You see, Jinja wasn’t ours but in just one year, there was hope and down the road, everyone here (Luzira, Portbell, the UBL Head Office) recognizes that effort. So they might take him to a challenging market to build from scratch”, mentioned our UBL source that preferred anonymity who we spoke to around August.
Last week, our source’s prediction came to pass; Herbert got the call that he had outlived his usefulness in the Jinja region. He got instructions to set off for West Nile as a “man on a mission”. He is neither the Regional Sales Manager nor the Regional Distribution Manager; he is a UBL man on a mission in West Nile.
While in Jinja, Herbert has been in charge of Mabira, Jinja, Kayunga, and Bugembe. His new West Nile territory covers the entire West Nile region (Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Yumbe and Zombo Districts.) We wait to see the magic he pulls in West Nile.
Meanwhile, his Jinja seat is being warmed by a guy we learned is a graduate trainee, Amunyo Denis. Denis is being shown the ropes by Herbert’s former boss until further notice.