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Microsoft Africa Development Centre appoints new Managing Director 

Microsoft Africa Development Centre appoints new Managing Director 

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Microsoft appoints Gafar Lawal as new Managing Director 

American technology giant, Microsoft Corporation has appointed Gafar Lawal as the Managing Director of its Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Nigeria. 

Nairametrics had previously reported that Microsoft launched the centre in May 2019 with two offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, Nigeria. 

While speaking about Lawal’s appointment, Microsoft Corporate Vice president, Mike Fortin expressed his delight in bringing Lawal on board. 

“We’ve been actively sourcing talent to join our team of engineers and are delighted to have Gafar bring his leadership skills to the team.

“The ADC is unlike any other existing investment on the continent – enabling us to better listen to our customers, develop locally and scale for global impact – in the grand scheme of things, presenting a strategic opportunity for us to comprehend a continent that is rapidly adopting cloud technology and massive innovation at the intelligent edge,” Fortin said. 

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Microsoft, Artificial Intelligence, 4Africa, Microsoft appoints Gafar Lawal as new Managing Director 

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Lawal also spoke on his appointment. “I am looking forward to embarking on this incredible new journey with the Microsoft team and effectively playing my part in bringing digital transformation to the continent at large. I hope that as we continue to not only identify and nurture talent but also bring about unprecedented change, that we will continue to aid every individual involved to achieve more.” 

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Lawal’s profile: Lawal has served in various business roles for more than 20 years. He returned to Microsoft from Morgan Stanley where he served as Managing Director and Global Chief Technology Architect for the Wealth Management Division.  

Before joining Morgan StanleyLawal spent over six years working at Microsoft’s US headquarters in Redmond, WA as Partner Architect in the Windows server group and Windows phone services division. He also spent ten years as First Vice President and Chief Technology Architect at Merrill Lynch. 

What you should know: The ADC centre was set up to help Microsoft grow its market share across the continent in the wake of increased technology uptake in various economic sectors. The centre would work with local engineers who would be tasked with churning out cutting-edge technology tailored for the local and global markets. 

[READ ALSO: Universal Insurance Plc appoints new Non- Executive Director]

 

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Flour Mills appoints Juliet Anammah to the Board of Directors

Juliet Anammah has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.

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jumia Group appoints Juliet Anammah as Nigeria’s 'Chairwoman'

Nigeria’s leading integrated food business and Agro-allied group, Flour mills of Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Juliet Anammah, to the board of Directors. 

The appointment was announced in a disclosure sent to the Nigeria Stock Exchange today, which was seen by Nairametrics. 

This disclosure which was signed by the Company’s Secretary, Umolu Joseph, confirmed the appointment of Anammah, to the board of Directors effective from 10th September. 

Juliet, who is the current Chair of the Board, Jumia Nigeria, and Head of Institutional Affairs across Africa brings a vast experience in the consumer product industry, along with excellent skills in product creation and high-profile brand building. 

It is noteworthy that Mrs Anammah, while the CEO of Jumia led the company through a period of impressive growth, and subsequently to become the first African tech company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019. 

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Read more: Jumia officially lists on the New York Stock Exchange 

Speaking about the appointment, Mr John Coumantaros, Chairman of the Board says the appointment is of tremendous value to FMN, as it will help to position the group to take advantage of the changing consumer landscape in the foods and Agro-allied sectors. 

I am truly excited to welcome Juliet to the Board of Directors. Her over 28 years of executive leadership experience in business consulting and e-commerce in Africa will be of tremendous value to FMN, as we continue to position the group to take advantage of the changing consumer landscape in the foods and agro-allied sectors,” Coumantaros said.

Coumantaros emphasized that the appointment represents the Boards’ determination to ensure a diverse mix of skills and viewpoints on the FMN Board in a bid to fulfil the purpose of feeding the nation, every day. 

About Mrs Juliet Anammah 

Mrs Juliet Anammah has over twenty-five years of professional experience in Consumer Goods, Sales and Marketing Management Consulting and E commerce. She started her career with Sanofi Aventis in 1991 and worked in key sales/marketing capacities until 1999, when she joined Accenture’s Strategy service line as a senior consultant. 

In 2004 she launched Accenture’s Products Operating Group which covers Accenture’s consulting services for Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Retail and Transport Industries in West Africa. Juliet became a Partner in Accenture in 2013. 

She is presently the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, a position she undertook in 2015 and oversaw Jumia’s transition from online Retail to a Marketplace. Jumia is an online marketplace operating in 15 African countries. Jumia’s scope covers Ecommerce, Travel booking, Food ordering and Classifieds. 

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UBA’s Sola Yomi-Ajayi appointed to US EXIM’s Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory committee

Committee comprises of notable individuals of the US business community.

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UBA’s Sola Yomi-Ajayi Appointed to US EXIM’s Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee

Sola Yomi-Ajayi, the Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of UBA’s operations in the USA, has been appointed to the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US EXIM) committee on Sub-Saharan Africa for 2020/2021.

This is contained in a statement on UBA’s website, as seen by Nairametrics.

Established by the US congress, the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee provides guidance and advice regarding US EXIM policies and programs, that are designed to support the expansion of financing for US manufactured goods and services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

READ: Here’s why Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s fastest-growing mobile region

The committee comprises of notable individuals of the US business community, and Yomi- Ajayi is the sole representative of African institution. UBA USA is the only Sub-Saharan African deposit taking institution regulated in the United States, and provides a unique portfolio of banking solutions to corporates, governments, multilaterals, and development organizations transacting with Africa.

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It can also assist in trade finance, treasury, foreign exchange, transaction management, and lending, drawing on UBA’s 70-year-old heritage and unique Pan-African network.

READ: AFDB Investigative panel declares Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina Innocent

UBA’s Group Chairman, Tony O. Elumelu, stated that the appointment is a recognition of the role UBA has played over decades in promoting, and supporting large and small businesses in all its 20 countries of operations in Africa.

“The appointment of Sola, as a member of the US EXIM Advisory Committee for Sub-Saharan Africa is a welcomed news.  UBA’s global network of offices in New York, London, and Paris permits us to be the preferred financial intermediary between Africa and the rest of the world.  Our mission at UBA is fully aligned with the objectives of the US EXIM.”

(READ MORE:United Bank for Africa provides $200 million for Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry – Timely financing for Post COVID economic growth)

The US EXIM President and Chairman, Kimberly A. Reed, who congratulated Yomi-Ajayi and the other appointees said, “With six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world and more than one billion consumers, Africa is poised to play a pivotal role in the global economy. 

“Supporting US exports to sub-Saharan Africa is one of our top priorities at EXIM, and my deepest congratulations goes to the new members of the EXIM Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee.

READ: Explainer: What does GDP actually mean, and how does it affect you?

Other new appointees into the committee are,

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  • Daniel Runde, as Chairman of the committee
  • C. Derek Campbell, CEO, Energy and Natural Resource Security Inc
  • Scott Eisner, Senior VP, African Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Rebecca Enonchong, Founder and CEO, AppsTech
  • Lori Helmers, Executive Director/Americas Export Finance Head, JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • Florizelle Liser, President and CEO, Corporate Council on Africa
  • Mima Nedelcovych, Chairman, Africa Global Schaffer
  • EE Okpa, Principal, The OKPA Co
  • Marise Duff Stewart, Director, Customer and Industry Relations, Progress Rail – a Caterpillar company
  • Paul Sullivan, President, International Business, Acrow Bridge.

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EXIM, is an independent federal agency that promotes and supports American jobs, by providing competitive and necessary export credit to support sales of U.S. goods and services to international buyers.

United Bank for Africa Plc, is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than 21 million customers, with over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points in 20 African countries.

It has presence in the USA, UK, and France. UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail, commercial and corporate banking, innovative cross-border payments and remittances, trade finance, and ancillary banking services.

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ROAM Africa Jobs appoints Hilda Kragha as Managing Director

Hilda Kragha has been appointed as new Managing Director of ROAM Africa Jobs.

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Job listings spike up by 183% in April – Jobberman

The Board of Directors of Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM), has announced the appointment of Jobberman Nigeria CEO, Hilda Kabushenga Kragha, as its new Managing Director. ROAM, whose purpose is to connect Africans to opportunities is the parent company of Jobberman.

Hilda, a Strategy and Human Capital expert, who joined Jobberman Nigeria as CEO in June 2019, will now lead ROAM Africa’s jobs brands, including Jobberman (Nigeria and Ghana), and BrighterMonday (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda). She will also join ROAM’s ExCo Team, making her the fourth woman on the seven-person team.

This was disclosed in a mail sent to Nairametrics by the PR Account Manager, Chanelle Rintari.

Hilda, who takes over from Kwaku Agbesi, the former MD, expressed excitement at her new role within the ROAM family.

The alumnus of IESE Business school used her wealth of experience to strengthen Jobberman’s position, as Nigeria’s largest jobs platform, with over 2.5 million job seekers, and 100,000 employers on their database. With an impressive CV that includes roles at KPMG East Africa, McKinsey Spain and Jobberman Nigeria; one thing is certain, ROAM is in competent hands.

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