BUA Cement

The Board

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Abdul Samad Rabiu


Billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, is the Executive Chairman/CEO of BUA Group – a company he founded in 1988 and has become one of Nigeria’s largest privately owned foods and infrastructure conglomerate with diversified investments spanning key business sectors of the Nigerian economy. Under Abdul Samad’s astute leadership, BUA has grown steadily over the years to entrench itself as a leading player with holdings in cement, sugar, rice, flour milling and pasta (though both recently divested in January 2016), edible oils, logistics, agriculture, fertilizer production, steel and real estate. With a firmly established reputation for innovation, BUA Group is one of the largest contributors to Nigeria’s GDP and among its largest employers of labour.



Engr Yusuf Haliru Binj, was born in 1968, in Kaduna, Kaduna state. A chemical Engineer with degrees from Ahmadu Bello University and the University College, London, Engr Yusuf Binji is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He is also a registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK. Yusuf Binji started his career in the cement industry with CCNN working across various departments before he rose through the ranks to become an Executive Director, Technical. He later joined BUA where he held various positions as Executive Director, Cement Porjects/Technical within the Group from 2013 to 2014 and Executive Director, Technical, BUA Obu Cement Company from 2014 to 2017. He was appointed as Managing Director, Obu Cement Company in 2017 and has held other roles including Board Member, Sokoto Energy Research Centre, Energy Commission of Nigeria (2002 – 2013).
An alumnus of the International Directors Programme at INSEAD, France, Yusuf Binji has attended various professional and management courses in Nigeria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, South Africa amongst others. He speaks regularly at conferences across the world. Engr Yusuf is happily married and has children.



Mr. Kenneth Chimaobi Madukwe Chimaobi Madukwe is the Group Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from ESUTH Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies (Accountancy) from University of Jos. Before joining BUA Group in 2004, He was Head of Corporate Finance in the Citizens International Bank Plc where he worked from 1999 to 2004. He also worked as a consultant at PBTG Consulting between January and June 1999. He sits on the board of BUA International Limited, BUA Sugar Refinery Limited and Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc.



With about 15years of management experience in the commodities sector and working in large conglomerates, Kabiru Rabiu is the Group Executive Director for BUA Group – one of Nigeria’s largest foods, mining and infrastructure conglomerates. Prior to his appointment as Group Executive Director, BUA Group, Kabiru held various management positions at Nigeria Oil Mills where he left as General Manager in November 2008 to become the Managing Director at the newly incorporated BUA Oil Mills – a position he held until his appointment as Group Executive Director, BUA Group in 2010. With an MBA in International Business from the American Intercontinental University, UK; Kabiru also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Webster University, London. Kabiru Rabiu has attended various courses on Corporate Strategy, Finance, M&A, Risk Management, etc at top schools across the world including the prestigious Harvard Business School and The London School of Economics and Political Science.



Finn Arnoldsen, Norwegian, was born in 1954 has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 from NTH Norway and has also attended a Senior Management Development course in INSEAD, France in 2004. Mr. Arnoldsen has extensive work experience since 1977 to date, most of which has been in the Cement Industry traversing several countries in Europe and Africa. He was once the Executive Director Sales and Marketing of CCNN Plc and is currently the MD/CE of Edo Cement Company Ltd. (a Subsidiary of Bua Group.) He was appointed as a Director on May 22,2014 to represent Damnaz Cement Company Limited (a subsidiary of BUA Group) on the Board of Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria PLC.


Chief Financial Officer /Executive Director

A seasoned finance professional with over 26 years experience, Jacques Piekarski is the Chief Financial Officer/Executive Director for BUA Cement Plc. Prior to joining BUA Cement, Jacques held several C-suite finance roles across Europe and Africa in FMCG, Cement, Trading, and Mining.
Over the course of his career, Jacques has had significant achievements in setting-up or re-organizing finance departments, financing (loans, bond, rights issue, debt restructuring and re-financing), revenue and cost optimization programs, various expansion and projects including ERP implementations, and controlling. He is known as a charismatic, results driven and dynamic leader, with a strong business acumen.
Prior to joining BUA Cement, Jacques was Group CFO for TGI Group Nigeria – one of the largest Food and Agri privately owned conglomerate in the country. He joined this role from Flour Mills of Nigeria where he was also Group CFO. Jacques has also garnered an extensive knowledge of the cement industry form his time as the CFO for Holcim (today LafargeHolcim) in Egypt with a joint venture with the Orascom Group. In this role, he was actively involved in building-up the finance department, financing the plant expansion and monitoring its budget, implementing Holcim financial standards and a vast cost reduction program. During his tenure, the plant was the second largest single plant in the world with 8mt capacity.
A Swiss and French National, Jacques was born in Switzerland. He is a graduate from the Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and holds an MBA from the Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.
Jacques is the President of the Swiss Nigerian Business Council in Lagos and speaks fluent English and French, and conversational German.


Independent Director

Senator Khairat Abdulrazaq- Gwadabe, a Nigerian, is a Barrister-at-Law and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the Managing partner of A. Abdulrazaq & Co, a rm of Legal Practitioners and Notaries Public. She obtained a B.A in European Studies and Spanish from the University of Wolver Hampton England (1982) and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain (1981). She holds an LL.B from the University of Buckingham in England (1984) and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1992. Senator Abdulrazaq-Gwadabe worked with the then Mobil Producing Nigeria as a Counsel in the Legal Department handling matters ranging from compensation matters resulting from oil spillage to internal legal advice on various issues to the company. In the 1999 general elections, she was elected as the rst female Senator from Northern Nigeria and the only Senator representing Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). While in the Senate, she chaired the Committees on Women Affairs and Youth Development; The Federal Capital Territory, and Primary Health and HIV/Aids Committees. Senator Khairat Abdul-razaq Gwadabe was elected as chairman of the Senators Forum in 2011, which she still holds to date. In 2013, she was appointed as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, which recommended guidelines and procedure for holding the National Conference. Senator Khairat was appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of CCNN PLC on July 12, 2018.


Independent Director

Shehu Abubakar, a Nigerian was born in August 28, 1959. He holds a B.Sc. (Business Management) from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto in 1984 and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2011. Alhaji Abubakar had an extensive working career in the Banking Industry from 1987 to 2017 where he retired as Executive Director of Keystone Bank Limited after putting in about 29 years in the Industry. He was also at different times a Director on the Boards Global Bank of Liberia and KBL Health Care Limited. Alhaji Shehu Abubakar has attended many

courses in the course of his career within and outside Nigeria at the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Wharton Business School among others. Alhaji Abubakar has a wide range of experience in Strategy, Leadership and Executive Management, Customer Relations and Management and Corporate Finance among other things. Alhaji Shehu Abubakar was appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of CCNN PLC on July 12, 2018.


Company Secretary

Ahmed Aliyu, a Barrister-at- Law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, is the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser at Cement Company of Northern Nigeria. He has over 16 years’ experience in Litigation & Arbitration, Legal Drafting, Company Law, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Management and International Business among others.

Mr. Aliyu started his career at a Legal Firm after which he joined the Corporate Affairs Commission where he became a Zonal Manager in various State ofces of the Commission in Nigeria. He later

joined Cement Company of Northern Nigeria PLC as the Legal Manager, and was afterwards appointed as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser.

An alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Nigerian Law School and Harvard Law School (Executive Education), Mr. Aliyu is also a member of the International Bar Association, London, Nigerian Bar Association, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation among other professional bodies. He has attended many courses and conferences in the course of his career within and outside Nigeria.