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From its maiden advent in Pharmaceuticals manufacturing in the mid-80′s, the Group diversified into various Commodities trading, Plastic manufacturing, Bottled water manufacturing, Automobiles assembly, and Steel manufacturing. In continuing with the Group’s vision of adding value to the economy and creating a sustainable industrial base, the successful commissioning of a Plastics Plant for household products, in the year 2000 was followed by the expansion of its Pharmaceutical Formulation Capacity and Range and the setting up of a new Drinking Water Bottling Plant in 2003. Dana Group also acquired Steel Rolling Mill in Katsina to produce debars and wire rods, in 2006, which was turned around with significant capital investment and backward integration, regenerating employment in the state.

Alongside these enterprises, after successfully bringing Kia Motors to the forefront in Nigeria with nationwide distribution and service centres, in line with the Federal governments Auto Policy the Group commissioned an auto assembly plant in 2015 to assemble a range of models under the stringent requirements of Kia Motors’ global standards.

To further strengthen its foothold in Nigeria and continue on the stride of being the leading automobile company in the country, Dana Motors Limited, added a new brand, Donfeng Motors [DFM] to her portfolio. DFM is the fastest growing automobile brand in China with over 26 million vehicles supplied across the globe. Having led the growing global influence of Chinese brands in the automobile industry, DFM is the first well-known trademark and one of the ‘World Top 500 Famous Brands’ from China. Reeling in other awards as ‘China Famous Brand Product’ and ‘The Most Competitive Brand in the Market’ and enjoying high brand awareness and reputation both at home and abroad, Dongfeng is the only Chinese automobile brand listed in the ‘World Top 500 Brands’.

Dana Group has a conglomerate presence with businesses that cover a wide spectrum. With its resources, reach and marketing acumen, the Group will lead the field for a very long time to come. The turn of the century has fulfilled its vision of becoming a large conglomerate with interests in diverse fields of operations, be it manufacturing, trading or service. The Group’s diversification into the Automobile Sector lends further credence to its capability and multi-faceted operations including after-sales service and customer care. Sound financials and exemplary business vision have made the group a leader in every area of operation. Its latest and most exciting venture has been its entry in the Aviation industry with the launch of Dana Air at the end of 2008, serving domestic routes with daily scheduled flights and charter operations, and now known for it’s award-winning service and standards.

The contribution of Dana Group to the National Economy has been immense and beyond doubt. Apart from making many people gainfully employed either directly or indirectly, it has dutifully established itself as a socially responsible organization. Among others, Dana Group is sponsoring Sri Sai Vandana Foundation (SSVF), a registered charity since 1995 in Nigeria. SSVF conducts frequent and regular humanitarian service activities and participates in programmes committed to alleviating the underprivileged in Nigeria.

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Born in West Africa in 1950, his career spans over four decades of fruitful endeavour. As a young graduate, and himself an entrepreneur at heart, he commenced his own trading operations in the early 70s. Some years later, breaking away from the tradition of dealing in general merchandise, he laid the foundations of his first pharmaceutical manufacturing unit. The seed of what was to become the Dana Group of Companies was sown and over the years he began diversifying into new fields, specialising in the MNC dominated field of industrial chemicals. Further expansions into new industries continued alongside a growing portfolio of trading operations, popularising the Dana brand as a name synonymous with quality and affordability, and also representing world-class brands in Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan region. His business enterprise and acumen have resulted into a well diversified and financially strong Group of Companies recognised as a foremost business house in Nigeria with a firm industrial base

As the Group Managing Director, Jacky has to his credit many business innovations that have enabled Dana Group to successfully foray into diversified fields in new product lines. An honours graduate in Business Administration from European Business School of London, he has, since 1997 been responsible for strategically directing the Group in building a formidable niche in Nigeria as a conglomerate dealing within several sectors of the economy. He has steered the Dana Group to its current status as a leading player and his presence has seen the Group increase its turnover manifold. The drive into Automobiles and Steel has assured success, which has been further augmented by the recently established FMCG factory for Milk Powder packaging and Instant Noodles. The upcoming new Rice Mill and Steel Rolling Mill has been added to his portfolio.

With an Honours Degree in Business Administration from the European Business School and various internships in international trade and the pharmaceutical manufacturing arena, Gautam Hathiramani joined the Group’s mainstream operations in Nigeria in 1999. At first involved with the pharmaceutical division, he then took charge of Dana Plast and was also responsible for the Group’s initial foray into the FMCG market with the launch of Aquadana water. Consistent attention to product quality and development has led to Dana being established as a trusted household name. With this seal of quality and dynamic management, Dana is set to roll out further expansion plans to bring more products to its customers.

Adedolapo graduated from the university of Ibadan, Nigeria, Where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Economics. He is a Management Consultant and currently the Managing Director of Hadley Consulting Limited. His areas of expertise span across business and financial strategy, design and implementation. He was the former Managing Director of Equitorial Trust Bank Limited and has over twenty years experience in the Nigerian banking sector. Adedolapo joined the Board of Directors of Dana Group with effect from December 18, 2009. He has indeed brought his wealth of experience into play in his contribution to the progress of the Group.

Francis holds a Diploma in Banking from the Associate Institute of Bankers (AIB), South West, London College. He also has a Cerificate in Administrative Management from South West College, London. A well established and successfull businessman, Francis has a business in Oil & Gas, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals, Leisure, Trading and FMCG among others. He joined the Board of Directors of Dana Group with effect from December 18, 2009. He is also a member of the Audit Commitee of Dana Group of Companies Plc. Francis has played a vital role in the development of the Group over the years.

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