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Meet the Boss: Keith Warren, MD, KFC Africa

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‘Meet the Boss’ is a How we made it in Africa interview series, where we pose the same 10 questions to business leaders across the continent.

Keith Warren, MD, KFC Africa

Keith Warren, MD, KFC Africa

Keith Warren, Managing Director, KFC Africa

1. What was your first job?

A waiter at a restaurant.

2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why?

My father. He provided a role model of being a highly successful senior businessman in South Africa.

3. What parts of your job keep you awake at night?

None, I sleep very well.

4. What are the top reasons why you have been successful in business?

I surround myself with excellent people.

5. What are the best things about South Africa?

The people, the climate, the open spaces.

6. And the worst?

Crime, corruption and political instability.

7. Your future career plans?

[To] make [KFC’s] African business as big as it can be.

8. How do you relax?

Mountain bike

9. What is your message to Africa’s young aspiring business people and entrepreneurs?

Be determined, work hard and make sure you work well with others – so through others, with others. You got to do it in the context of people.

10. How can Africa realise its full potential?

Eliminate corruption and open-up its markets for trade.

  • esme sirilli

    hi i had a problem with kfc bela bela. have been in contact with lazarus from customer care. he was very helpfull but nothing has materialised what was said to me. plse may i ask if somebody else can phone me regarding this problem as im going to see my lawyers if i have no joy by friday regarding this matter. my cell is 0836612009. esme sirilli

  • Souheil Ben Salem

    Hi Keith,
    We are interested in KFC franchise in Tunisia,
    I submitted a request via your international website a week ago,
    without any answer so far,
    can you please help?

    Best Regards

  • Anonymous

    KFC Sunninghill is disgusting!

  • Hema Agnihotri

    Hi Keith! I have been trying reaching your team for your KFC Franchisee in Central Africa – Gabon. Mails sent on your Franchisee Column, mail sent to your customer care also contacted Rughshana your Account Executive but no responce. have shared the project and our company details as well..Pl advise way forward.
    Hema 0091-9717490073

  • Oby Ibekwe

    Hello KEITH,

    I am a Nigerian, working with the only ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System Certified Company, in Nigeria. Bio-Organics Nutrient Systems Ltd is the name. Bio-Organics for short, is an indigenous company, which has been manufacturing vitamins & minerals premixes for Poultry and other livestock production on this ISO platform certified by Intertek and Bureau Veritas.

    We are a willing partner that would love to partner with KFC in Nigeria, to enable the chicken farmers (including the approved ones) produce high quality broiler chickens with our premix.

    We have a resounding track record, technical support services & good quality premix in this regard and are positioned to support your business in Nigeria, West Africa and other parts of Africa. These records and more would be made available to you and your organization, if we are given an opportunity to meet with you, Mr. Keith Warren or your representative in Nigeria.

    With Warm Regards,

    Oby Ibekwe


    Hi Keith,
    my name is Gafar LIAMEED, I am a football club owner in Nigeria (36 LION FC – and I have other small businesses. I have a home in Banjul in The Gambia, I will like to open a KFC here in Senegambia, Its a tourist attractive town and I think KFC will do well here.

    I will be waiting for your prompt response, thanks in advance and God bless.

  • Malinda Coetzee

    Hi Keith

    You have such a wonderfull life story and i would love to meet you face to face one day as i have simmilar outlook in life. For years i am trying to speak with someone to open a KFC in my town here in Simon’sTown. It’s a Naval base with and this town have hardly take aways i am confident a KFC will do very well. I am the owner of a building in the Centre of Town and hope you can help me open KFC here. Looking forward to hear from you soonest.

    Kind regards
    Malinda Coetzee
    Contact : 076 541 5887 or 021 786 3775