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Dangote Cement: Michel Puchercos steps in as Makoju retires

Mr Michel Puchercos will replace Engineer Joseph Mokoju as the Group Managing Director/CEO of Dangote Cement Plc effective February 1, 2020.

Mr. Puchercos was the Group Managing Director and Country CEO of Lafarge AFRICA, a position he held since March 2016 until his latest appointment.

Engr. Makoju is retiring on January 31, 2020 after 45 years of leadership in the cement industry.

Before his appointment as GMD/CEO of Dangote Cement, Makoju was Honorary Adviser to the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, from 2009 to 2018. He was also Chief Operating Officer, Dangote Cement. He has worked in several world-class organisations including Shell-BP; Blue Circle (UK), and WAPCO which he headed as Managing Director/CE for about a decade before taking up an appointment as Managing Director/CE of the National Electric Power Authority (now Power Holding Company of Nigeria).

Who is Michel Puchercos?

He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1976) and the Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (1981). He started his career in 1982 at the French Ministry of Agriculture and served as a Director of Orsan, a subsidiary of Lafarge from 1989.

He worked in senior executive positions in a number of Agro- Food and Chemical Industries in Europe as follows: from 1992-1994 in Jungbunzlauer SA as Executive President, from 1994-1996 as General Manager of the Cana group and from 1996 -1998 Doux, as Executive Vice President of this leading European group specializing in poultry.

Michel returned to Lafarge in 1998 when he was appointed as Director of Strategy and Information Systems of the Gypsum division in Lafarge. In 2003, he moved to the Cement Division as Director of Cement strategy, until his re – assignment to Bamburi Cement as Managing Director in September 2005 till 2009 when he was appointed the President and CEO of Lafarge South Korea Japan Operations.

He was appointed as the GMD/CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc on the 16th March 2016.

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