Tag : pacific

28 Sep 2017

Meet ​​Marielle Wade

Hi my name is Marielle Wade. I am a passionate, hardworking and goal oriented individual. It has been an exciting yet challenging journey as Communications & PR Executive for Pacific Tobacco Company. However, I am propelled to put my best foot forward and ensure that information is communicated to all stakeholders in a timely and effective manner. I look forward to adding value as we strive to grow our brands on an international level.

26 Sep 2017

Meet Fortune Masango

Shy and reserved, these are the words that once upon a time described me, until I joined Team Pacific. Being in a predominantly male work environment was no walk in the park for me when I started. Every time I was convinced I couldn’t go on, I did, and I did what the ordinary feared. This World Class Organization has brought out the fierce mind, bold personality and of course, the budding leader that I am today. I AM LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES! – Meet Fortune Masango – Quality Technician


20 Sep 2017

Meet Chilekwa Ngona

Being a management trainee at Pacific Cigarette Company has made me realize that Human Resources is a dynamic field of work, which is noting continuous change. As pacific cigarette grows so does every function and myself as a leader.

I have been privileged to witness such transformations first hand and how it applies in our day to day world. Therefore giving me the opportunity to acquire the skills, judgement and know-how of being an effective and responsible manager.


14 Sep 2017

Meet Kudakwashe Chiutsi

My experience at Pacific Cigarrete has been phenomenal, the Management Traineeship has proved to be a real job from day one. I’ve met high potential Trainees who are competitive and are willing to develop themselves professionally through cross functional projects.

It’s amazing to work with global brands and at the same time getting a feel of different environments and their needs, such opportunities have shown endless opportunities that will allow my career and Pacific Cigarette company to accelerate.

The Management trainee job has enabled me to work across a range of key business areas in placements that foster the skills vital to developing as a leader and crucially being entrusted with freedom to put them in practise.

What could be better than learning directly from industrial experts. I’ve had a breathe of opportunity, real experience and it’s all folded up in a great collaborative culture.


18 Aug 2017

People of Pacific: Tendesi Stella Makunike:

Born into a family of entrepreneurs, Tendesi Stella Makunike completed her degree in Psychology at the University of Zimbabwe in 2000.

From that degree, she developed an interest in industrial psychology and the impact of people on organizational performance. Her track-record is one of ambition and results, qualities that have allowed her to transcend any gender-based expectations of women at the top-level of the corporate world.

Shortly after university, she worked at CAPS Holdings in the Human Resources Department, where she first came to appreciate the importance of performance management and leadership in the work arena. From there, she proceeded to Tube and Pipe Industries where she started out as the Human Resources and Training Officer, she was promoted to Human Resources Manager, and finally as the Head of the Business Unit.

It was there that her passion for talent development and leadership was fully realized, she operated as one of very few women leaders of an industrial company in the midst of the post-2009 economic challenges.

In 2013, she joined Savanna Tobacco (Now Pacific Cigarette Company) as head of HR. She played a critical role in the transformation of the Company to a global company with operations in Southern Africa and the Caribbean.

She continues to drive the HR function further to achieve the Company’s vision to be the second largest cigarette company in Africa by 2020.
Today, she is now the Global Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for global HR operations. As a business leader, she contributes to the overall strategic and business decisions taken by the Company.

She is also an International Advisory Board Member for University of Stellenbosch Business School – Executive Development, the Chairperson of the Employers Association in the Cigarette & Tobacco Manufacturing Sector in Zimbabwe and a Graduate Employment Committee member for University of Zimbabwe.

Stella is the proud mother of two girls, and has learnt to balance her professional and family roles. She believes strongly in:

1. Vision
The will to envisage a clear future state, and the specific steps through which that vision will be attained.

2. Empowerment
The art of helping individuals realize their best selves through giving them guidance, responsibility and accountability.

3. Leadership
The ability to inspire a team through personal example, setting clear goals and expectations, and the ability to identify and nurture other people’s potential.

Stella firmly believes that these pillars are as fundamental in the work environment as they are at the personal level. With a clear and positive vision, any individual can empower themselves, actualize themselves and become leaders.

Thereafter, their primary responsibility is to develop other leaders. These are the guiding principles that Stella observes at work and in all areas of her life.