Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Dangote Cement PLC (DANGCEM-NL), Africa's largest cement producer, announces the appointment of Cherie Blair and Mick Davies as Independent Non-Executive Directors of the Company effective April 20, 2018.
Cherie Blair CBE, QC, is a leading international lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, a former judge and a committed campaigner for women's rights. She is a Queen's Counsel and the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mrs Blair is the Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and the Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a boutique international law firm. She is Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, Chancellor Emeritus of the Liverpool John Moores University, President of the Loomba Foundation, Honorary Vice President of Barnardo’s and Patron of Scope, as well as a number of other charities. She also sits on the Leadership Council for Concordia, is an Honorary Chair of the World Justice Project, and is an advisor to the B-Team.
Mrs. Blair currently serves as an independent director on the Board of Groupe Renault which is part of the Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi Alliance, the world’s leading zero emissions vehicle manufacturer and the world's second largest car manufacturer by volume in 2017. She was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to women's issues and to charity in the UK and overseas.
Sir Mick Davies is currently Chairman of Macsteel, a global trading shipping company, and Chief Executive of the Conservative party of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Davies has occupied several directorship positions. From 2001 to 2003, he was Chief Executive of Xstrata Plc, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metal companies; executive director and chief financial officer of Billiton Plc; Chairman of Billiton Coal and Executive Director of South African State-owned Eskom. Mr. Davies has extensive capital markets and corporate transaction experience. During his career, he has raised over US$40 billion from global capital markets and successfully completed over US$120 billion of corporate transactions. He participated in the creation of the lngwe Coal Corporation in South Africa; listing of Billiton on the London Stock Exchange; merger of BHP and Billiton into the largest diversified mining company in the world and the successful merger of Xstrata and Glencore amongst others.
Mr. Davies is the immediate past President of the Council of Members and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council in the United Kingdom, member of the Brookings International Advisory Council and a Trustee of the Institute of National Security Studies, Israel.
Mr. Davies is a Chartered Accountant by profession and an alumnus of Theodor Herzl School in Port Elizabeth. He holds an honours degree in Commerce from Rhodes University. South Africa, and an Honorary Doctorate from Bar llan University. In the 2015 Queen's birthday Honour’s list, he was made a Knight's Bachelor.