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Michel Puchercos, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement emerges InstinctBusiness “CEO OF THE WEEK”

InstinctBusiness CEO of the Week is a weekly accreditation of Top performing CEOs within the African region, following their achievements, outstanding service, industry experience, outstanding leadership, amongst other criteria.

This week, Michel Puchercos, a results-driven, self-motivated, a skilled relationship-builder leader, and a resourceful CEO with history of successfully directing multi-national teams in achieving outstanding results, has emerged as InstinctBusiness Magazine’s “CEO OF THE WEEK” for the Month October 2nd-8th, 2022 rankings.

Michel Puchercos was appointed to the Board of Dangote Cement in 2020, as the Group Managing Director.

He has more than twenty (20) years’ experience in the cement industry, having served in various capacities at Lafarge including as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Halla Cement from January 2009 to March 2016, Director of Strategy and Systems at Lafarge Gypsum from September 1998 till March 2003 and also as Chief Executive Officer of Bamburi Cement, Kenya, Hima Cement, Uganda and Chairman, Mbeya Cement, Tanzania from June 2005 till December 2008.

Michel Puchercos’s Educational Background

Michel Puchercos is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1976) and the Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (1981).

Michel Puchercos’s Career

He is a French businessperson who has been at the helm of 6 different companies. Mr. Puchercos is Group Chief Executive Officer, Group MD & Director at Dangote Cement Plc.

In his past career Mr. Puchercos occupied the position of General Manager of Cana Ltd., Executive Vice President for Doux SA, Chairman at Mbeya Cement Co. Ltd., Chief Executive Officer, MD & Director at Lafarge Africa Plc, Managing Director at Bamburi Cement Co. Ltd., Chief Executive Officer for Hima Cement Ltd., President & Chief Executive Officer at Halla Cement Corp., Director-Strategy & Systems at Lafarge Gypsum SA and Executive President at Jungbunzlauer SA.

He has more than twenty (20) years’ experience in the cement industry, having served in various capacities at Lafarge including as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Halla Cement from January 2009 to March 2016, Director of Strategy and Systems at Lafarge Gypsum from September 1998 till March 2003 and also as Chief Executive Officer of Bamburi Cement, Kenya, Hima Cement, Uganda and Chairman, Mbeya Cement, Tanzania from June 2005 till December 2008.

He served as the Group Managing Director and Country CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc, a company listed on Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, from April 2016 till December 2019. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1976) and the Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (1981).

He has more than twenty years’ experience in the Cement industry.  He had worked extensively at Lafarge, including as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Halla Cement, Director of Strategy and Systems at Lafarge Gypsum through Chief Executive Officer of Bamburi Cement, Kenya, Hima Cement, Uganda and Chairman, Mbeya Cement, Tanzania.

Michel Puchercos, as the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement

Under his Leadership, Dangote Cement has recorded exponential growth across all areas. Dangote Cement in the year under review achieved its highest profit before tax in its history at N538.4 billion. Also, the Company recorded Group volumes of 29.3Mta, up 13.8 per cent. Exceptional EBITDA of N684.6 billion was achieved, up by 43.2 per cent owing to strong cost control measures.

Dangote Cement has remained the leading cement company in Africa, well-positioned for a positive and sustainable future.

Despite the elevated inflation due to a very volatile global environment, Dangote Cement Plc declared an increases in revenue and EBITDA. The company was adjudged the Outstanding Indigenous Conglomerate of the Decade recently.

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