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Corporate Council on Africa gets new board chairman

The Corporate Council on Africa has announced the election of John Olajide as the new chairman of its board, effective from January 1, 2024.

In a statement, it said Olajide would succeed Dr Jeffrey Sturchio, who had served as CCA chairman since April 2016 and would continue as a board member.

According to the council, he is the founder and CEO of Axxess, a leading healthcare technology company, and chairman of Cavista Holdings Limited, a diversified holding and investment company with interests in technology, agriculture, hospitality, fintech, energy and other sectors.

“Since its founding in 2007, Axxess has grown under Olajide’s leadership to have a presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Through Axxess and Cavista Holdings, he is helping improve access to healthcare globally and creating tens of thousands of jobs in various industries.

“Olajide has served as a vice chair of the CCA Board of Directors since 2022 and brings a wealth of visionary leadership experience to his new role, including serving as the youngest-ever chair of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and executive committee, which has helped attract businesses to the most prosperous region in the United States,” the statement read in part.

It mentioned that as CCA chairman, Olajide would play a pivotal role in guiding CCA’s mission and initiatives and would undoubtedly steer CCA toward new heights in growing its membership, serving CCA member companies and other stakeholders.

The President and CEO of CCA, Florizelle Liser, “I am delighted to announce John Olajide as the new chairman of the CCA board.”

According to her, John’s remarkable journey as a young Nigerian-American entrepreneur to a prominent, visionary leader of a rapidly growing multi-sector, global business is a testament to his dedication and innovation.

“His innovative mindset, leadership acumen, and deep commitment to improving the lives of people and communities in the United States and across Africa align perfectly with CCA’s goal to build on our 30-year history as the premier U.S. business association solely focused on Africa’s economic and business relationships with the United States,” she said.

Olajide expressed his enthusiasm as the baton of CCA board chair would be passed to him from Sturchio at the beginning of 2024.

Olajide said, “I am honoured to take on the responsibility of chairman of the board at the Corporate Council on Africa. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Jeff and to working with all the members of the CCA Board of Directors as well as with the remarkable team at CCA, U.S. and African government and private sector leaders, and other stakeholders to accelerate economic development, foster transformative partnerships between the U.S. and Africa, and improve the lives of people both here in the U.S. and across the continent.”

SOURCE: PUNCH

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