This is definitely a good and inspiring news Halima Aliko Dangote, daughter of Africa’s richest man and billionaire industrialist, as has just been appointed as the Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL,) one of Africa's largest and most diversified business conglomerates.

When the information was made known to the public domain that Halima Aliko Dangote has moved a notch higher in the conglomerate of his father’s vast empire, it was greeted with wild jubilation by top industry players, stakeholders and even the staff and many customers who know what was and is still going on in the indomitable Dangote Group.

Halima Aliko Dangote is returning to the Group after serving on secondment in several capacities across two of its Business Units over the last five years. She is also a Trustee of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the conglomerate. 

She has over 12 years of professional experience and has held several executive management roles, and in her new role, Halima will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Dangote Group's customer strategy to drive customer growth, improve customer relationship management, enhance customer experience and increase long term customer value.

She will also be responsible for the implementation of the Group's shared services strategy with specific oversight for the following functions: Commercial, Strategic procurement, Administration and Branding & Communications.

Previously, she had served as Executive Director of NASCON, a manufacturer of salt, seasonings and related consumer products, which are enjoying huge patronage among consumer, and even continues to serve as a Non-Executive Director of NASCON.

Halima is the president of the Board of The Africa Center in New York, a uniquely focused center providing a forward-looking gateway for engagement with Africa while encompassing policy, business, and culture. She is a Board member of Endeavour Nigeria and is also a member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD).

Halima, who has a strong passion for women empowerment, holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from the American Intercontinental University, London, United Kingdom, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster Business School, United Kingdom.

She has attended a number of high profile leadership development programs, including the Program for Leadership Development, (PLD,) at Harvard Business School; Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management; Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives at Columbia Business School.

The Dangote Group, which recently emerged as the Most Admired African Brand and the Most Valuable Brand in Nigeria for the second consecutive year (2018 - 2019) is actively involved in manufacturing cement, sugar, salt, flour, poly-products as well as logistics, oil & gas and real estate.

Characteristic of her father, Halima admits without any fear or favour that it is indeed her father that pushes her to rise above social limitations, and her new office in the Group can only make her more productive and active as she trudges on.

Executive Director of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Halima Dangote says the Dangote group has a mandate to have 50 percent of women across its boards. She joined CNBC Africa’s Christy Cole to discuss the need for gender parity in Africa’s workplace on the side-lines of the Women Corporate Directors' Forum in Lagos.

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