Lafarge appoints new director

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Shepherd Shonhiwa

BY Taurai Mangudhla
CEMENT manufacturer Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited (Lafarge) has appointed corporate guru Shepherd Shonhiwa as an independent nonexecutive director with effect from January.

This came as the company also announced the resignation of David Cruttenden from the board of directors with effect from 31 December 2021. Cruttenden served on the Lafarge board since April 2006.

Shonhiwa has chaired boards in South Africa which include Sunday Times Newspapers, Times Media Eastern Cape Newspapers, Dispatch Media and the Institute of Directors South Africa.

“He has served as an independent non-executive director on the boards of Metro Cash & Carry Ltd SA, Adcorp Holdings, Jaggers Wholesalers (Zimbabwe), Sunday World Newspapers, BDFM Publishers, CIMAS (Zimbabwe) and Metcash Africa Ltd,” said Lafarge in a statement.

Shoniwa is independent non-executive chairman of Nedbank Zimbabwe Limited, Lidwala Consulting Engineers (SA) as well as independent non-executive director of National Tyre Services Zimbabwe Limited. Over the past 30 years, he held positions of chief operating officer Times Media Ltd, Chief Executive Officer of Tepco Petroleum, managing director of Shell LPG Southern Africa, managing director of Egoli natural gas reticulation business, general manager of Ford Swaziland and director of TA Management Services Zimbabwe.

He also runs his boutique consultancy in executive leadership coaching, corporate governance, board effectiveness and strategy advisory.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors South Africa and the Institute of Personnel Management of Zimbabwe.

In December, Lafarge announced the appointment of  Geoffrey Ndugwa as the chief executive officer . Prior to his appointment to this role, Ndugwa was the chief executive officer for Lafarge Malawi from December 2019 to November 2021.

The company recently resumed normal operations at its Zimbabwe plant in the capital after disruptions last October following a roof collapse.