Dangote Industries has announced new appointments to strengthen the Group’s executive management team and to consolidate on its strategic business growth trajectory.
Africa’s foremost indigenous conglomerate, in the new organizational rejig, made Mr. Olakunle Alake the erstwhile Chief Operating Officer (COO) as the new Group Managing Director.
Dr. Adenike Fajemirokun, the Group Chief Risk Officer has been elevated to the office of Group Executive Director, President’s Office, where she will take on new roles in addition to her schedule as the Risk Officer. She is the first-ever female executive director in Dangote Group.
The management also announced the appointment of Mr. Austine Ometoruwa as Group Executive Director, Corporate Finance and Treasury.
Earlier the Board of Dangote Cement Plc, global, announced the appointment of Cherie Blair and Mick Davies as Independent Non-Executive Directors.
President/Chief Executive, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, speaking on the new appointments said “it is exciting seeing a female occupy such a high position. We are gender sensitive and create equal opportunities for both male and female to get to the top.”
Alake has been the Chief Operating Officer of Dangote Industries Limited since 2007.
He serves on the board of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, NASCON Allied Industries PLC, Dangote Cement PLC and Dangote Flour Mills PLC. Mr. Alake’s experience spans 34 years which covers banking, management consultancy, and manufacturing industries.
He joined Dangote Group and served as its Financial Controller and Head of Strategic Services until 2001 when he was appointed to the board of Dangote Industries Limited as Executive Director/ Group Strategist.
Dr. Fajemirokun, a consummate Risk Management & Insurance specialist has over 18 years diverse experience in developing and implementing risk management strategies in Financial, Engineering, Manufacturing and other industries.
She started her career with Ove Arup and Partners as a Fire Engineer where she was responsible for carrying out the qualitative and quantitative risk assessment of various assets and developing risk assessment frameworks for quantifying identified risks.
She later joined Deutsche Bank AG, UK, and served in senior leadership roles such as Director and Global Head Operational Risk, Head of Transaction Management Group for leverage finance at the Corporate and Investment Bank.
Prior to specializing in the Risk Management field, she held positions in finance as a front office quantitative analyst at Goldman Sachs London and New York.
Dr. Fajemirokun worked with First Bank of Nigeria where she developed the operational risk management framework for the bank as well as its Business Continuity Certification by the British Standard Institute. She also managed and tracked the firm’s risks across all directorates, transaction services, and alternative investments.
She was appointed Chief Risk Officer of Dangote Group in 2013 and leads the Risk Management Functions for the Group and its various Businesses where she oversees the company’s governance model and enterprise risk program.