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Larfage Cement Zimbabwe CEO Precious Murena-Nyika Quits

10 September 2021

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe chief executive Precious Murena Nyika has resigned with immediate effect after serving for only 18 months at the cement manufacturing giant.

NewsDay cited informed market sources as saying Murena was forced to resign yesterday due to undisclosed issues.

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She was the first female Zimbabwean to become a chief executive officer of Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited.

Lafarge confirmed Murena's departure, adding that chief finance officer Amr El Moufay, will take over the role of acting Chief Executive Officer effective today, until the appointment of a substantive chief executive anytime soon.

Lafarge Cement board chairman Kumbirai Katsande said she had left to pursue other interests.

Katsande praised Murena saying she had produced positive results in a short space in her first 12 months at the helm. He said:

After a career spanning 10 years of service, with 18 months spent at the helm of Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited, we announce that Precious Murena is stepping down as CEO of Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited, in order to pursue new interests outside the Holcim Group.

During her tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited recorded remarkable results in her first year as CEO in 2020.

Precious Murena championed capital projects and introduced new technologies in building.

Precious will always be remembered as the first female Zimbabwean to become a Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited.

Murena was appointed CEO on 1 March 2020 taking over from Kaziwe Siame Kaulule who was elevated to another position within the group.

She joined Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe in 2011 coming from the furniture retail and manufacturing industry and was appointed director in charge of human resources, strategy and communications.

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