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Guinness Nigeria Appoints Joan Hodgins as Non-Executive Director

Guinness Nigeria Plc has recently named Ms. Joan Hodgins, Global Talent Director at Diageo, as a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Board, effective from July 1, 2023.

In an official statement released on Monday in Lagos, the company also announced the retirement of Mr. Dayalan Nayager from his position as a member of the Board of Directors, effective from June 30, 2023.

According to the statement, these board changes are a result of recent developments within Diageo Plc, the parent company of Guinness Nigeria, allowing Nayager to assume responsibilities at the executive group management level.

The appointment of Hodgins will bring added strength to the company’s board, leveraging her extensive experience in human resources management, talent development, and her contribution to diversity enhancement on the board.

Dr. Omobola Johnson, Chair of the Guinness Nigeria Board, emphasized that these changes align with the organization’s growth objectives in ensuring long-term competitiveness.

Johnson acknowledged Nayager’s significant contributions to the success of the company during his tenure as Vice Chair of the Board and non-executive director over the past year.

“The Board is grateful for his service to the company and is excited to witness his progression to new challenges and responsibilities in different capacities within Diageo,” Johnson stated.

She further highlighted Hodgins’ extensive experience in human resource management, having held senior HR roles across North America, Australia, and Europe. Hodgins, a business leader and chartered occupational psychologist, joined Diageo in 2002 and is recognized for her dedication to unleashing the power of purpose and performance to foster growth in individuals and businesses.

Mr. John Musunga, Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc, expressed that Hodgins’ appointment underscores the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at the highest level of the organization.

Musunga stated that the board has confidence that Hodgins’ valuable experience and passion for developing strong talent, along with her commitment to delivering sustainable performance and increased stakeholder value, will further strengthen the company’s leadership.

“Ms. Hodgins’ role as Vice Board Chair is a perfect fit for our board due to her unmatched skills and experiences. We are confident that she will provide the right leadership and valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, drive profitability, and enhance value for all stakeholders,” Musunga concluded.

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