CEO shares secrets behind TC success story

Getting every TC staff to embrace a new mindset has been key in transforming the tobacco industry regulator’s performance, Chief Executive Officer Dr Joseph Chidanti-Malunga has revealed.

Dr Joseph Chidanti-Malunga says since he occupied the office of Chief Executive Officer for the Commission over a year ago, it has been his strategy to get everyone to do things differently and to accept change.

Dr Chidanti-Malunga said this at a Leaders Cocktails and Conversations organised by Resani Consulting at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe Friday evening.

In his sharing titled ‘ Building rapport and overcoming resistance to change’, Dr Chidanti-Malunga said when he came to TC early 2021, his first task was to observe practices at the institution to inform his approach to work.

“Within a short period, I realised I needed to practice what I expected from everyone,” he said, adding “I, therefore, made sure I was at work before 7.30am, among other things. That sent an effective message on taking work seriously.”

“I also rolled up my sleeves to be directly involved in some projects such as the development of TC’s new strategic plan.”

Dr Chidanti-Malunga revealed it is such a strategy that got everyone to embrace new ways of doing things, including those related to expenditure, at the Commission.

He said the cultivation of a new mindset led to employees’ acceptance of the realignment of the regulator’s priorities.

In the 2020/2021 financial year, TC recorded a K325m profit, 20% of which was remitted to Government.

The Commission which recently announced an early opening of this year’s tobacco marketing season (this month) says it is geared to increasing production of the leaf by 2023.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Agriculture Friday afternoon unveiled a new tobacco buyer, bringing the number of traditional buying companies in the country to 10.Wholly owned by indegenious Malawians, Protrade Group Limited is expected to participate in the auction side of tobacco sales at the floors.

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