Dizengoff Nigeria has announced the appointment of Owanari Duke as the company’s new Chairman, Board of Directors of its Nigeria operations.
She assumes this new position from the outgoing Chairman Prof. J.T.K. Duncan who recently retired.
Anti Ritvonen, CEO Dizengoff Nigeria noted that the new chairman brings a lot of energy, expertise as a lawyer and her wealth of experience as a former first lady of Cross-River State and executive of several businesses.
Mrs Duke used her position as the first lady to raise awareness and currently serves as the Country Director of EMPRETEC Nigeria Foundation; a United Nations Centre for Trade & Development (UNCTAD) Private Sector Support Initiative that aims to assist Nigerians to achieve high levels of productivity and competitiveness among SMEs.
Mrs Duke is also the Managing Partner of the law firm Duke and Bobmanuel. She is a certified Mediation/Dispute Resolution Consultant. In addition to this, she serves as the Executive Chairman of Allied Merchants & Brokers Limited, a leading merchandising and brokerage firm.
Owanari Duke was appointed to the board of UBA Group in 2012. She is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association as well as a member of International Federation of women lawyers amongst several other professional groups.
Reacting to her new appointment, she expressed happiness at joining the new team at Dizengoff Nigeria.
“I am happy to be appointed by the board as the new chairman, Board of Directors Nigeria and I look forward to contributing to the purpose and vision of the company.”
Dizengoff Nigeria Limited is a subsidiary of the UK owned Balton CP Group, boasting of physical presence across Sub-Saharan African.
Dizengoff Nigeria has over 50 years of operation in the country, operating within key segments of the Nigerian Economy including Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, and Agriculture.