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SCAE’s New President

Vincenzo Sandalj took office as SCAE’s new president for 2003-04 at the AGM held in London on May 12, 2003. Tom Obracaj was confirmed by the Board as the new vice president for the year. Addressing the AGM, the new president paid tribute to his predecessor, Trygve Klingenberg, for the many achievements during his term of office. Sandalj stated that his own principal objectives for the coming year included furthering membership growth, finalizing the Association’s strategic plan and prioritising membership benefits.

Vincenzo Sandalj, a founding member of SCAE, is president of Sandalj Trading Company in Trieste. He has served as vice president of the Coffee Association of Trieste, trade adviser to the International Coffee Organization in London, European Representative on the International Relations Committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, president of Qualicaf Trieste and Consultant to the Development of Gourmet Coffee Potential project of the International Trade Center of the United Nations. He is also the author of the book “Coffee - A Celebration of Diversity”.

Thomasz Obracaj is manager of Armajaro Coffee Limited. A founder member of SCAE, he is national coordinator of SCAE’s Polish chapter. Next year he will succeed Vincenzo Sandalj, taking office as SCAE president for 2004-2005. This will make him the first president from Eastern Europe, an area where speciality coffee is growing by exponential proportions and where the Association will inevitably find further opportunities to serve the speciality coffee community.

Caribou’s CEO
The interim c.e.o. of Caribou Coffee Company has agreed to take the corporate reins on a full time basis. Michael J. Coles has been running Caribou on an interim for nearly five months while the company’s owners conducted a nationwide search for a full-time CEO. Coles says of his appointment, “Caribou is positioned for explosive growth. Over the past 150 days we have worked hard to get the company ready for rapid expansion. It was my desire from the start to stay on board to help Caribou through this exciting period.”

Prior to joining Caribou, Coles founded the Great American Cookie Company in 1977 with an initial investment of only $8000. He built that company into a national success. It had more than 350 stores when he sold the company to Capricorn Inc. in 1998.

Crescent Capital Investments Inc. executive director Charles Ogburn says Caribou’s investors wanted a proven leader such as Coles. “Michael has an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset that will serve Caribou well. With the company poised to expand rapidly we wanted someone who knows how to grow a company organically. Since Michael joined Caribou on an interim basis in January he has shown how much he understands the quick service restaurant industry. His philosophy of growth matches the philosophy of Crescent management and our shareholders. Our national search proved to us that we had the right guy from the start.”

Technoserve Names Director
TechnoServe president and c.e.o. Peter A. Reiling announced that Simon Winter has been appointed as TechnoServe’s new regional director for Africa, based for the balance of 2003 in Johannesburg. Winter will oversee TechnoServe’s country programs in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda, and its start-up operation in South Africa.

Winter joins TechnoServe from McKinsey & Company in South Africa, the international business consulting firm, where he was an engagement manager, providing a broad spectrum of strategic and operational management consulting services. During his tenure at McKinsey, he co-founded and co-led the international development arm of McKinsey’s non-profit practice and engaged with clients - including TechnoServe - in the non-profit and development sectors on strategic and organizational issues.

Prior to McKinsey & Company, Winter was an independent development consultant working for clients including the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and national public-sector agencies in various countries. He helped create the institutional design and secure funding for the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of East and Southern Africa (MEMFI), and conducted a USAID-funded executive survey of the determinants of foreign direct investment in Botswana.

“I’m delighted that Simon is joining TechnoServe,” said Reiling. “His business consulting and strategy skills will be a tremendous asset to TechnoServe’s Africa staff, and will enable us to become even more effective in helping the entrepreneurs and businesses we assist to be globally competitive.”



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