Nigerian bank chief joins global business coalition on HIV/AIDS

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The  Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC), the world's largest group of businesses dedicated  to fighting HIV and promoting the health of employees as  well as communities in their work places, has elected the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Bank Plc in Nigeria, Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede, as its board member.

A statement by the coalition’s co-chairman, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, made available  to PANA Wednesday, said “from 2011, GBC will be introducing an aggressive strategy to rally more businesses and support their work in global health.

"Africa is of course a top priority and Aig-Imoukhuede’s success at growing businesses, his stature in Nigeria, Africa and among international leaders and his track record on fighting HIV/AIDS and other health challenges make him a natural choice for the GBC and I am delighted to have him join us.”

Widely regarded as the preeminent organization for businesses engaged in major workplace and public health issues internationally, GBC is a network of over 220 businesses that fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The coalition, which has its headquarters in New York, also provides strategic advice and support for member companies and creates public/private partnerships, with leading international organizations, donors, governments and NGOs.

“It is an honour for me to be elected to the board of the GBC. For over a decade, we have been advancing employee and community health in Nigeria and the other countries where we work but GBC engages businesses in HIV/AIDS and other diseases at a global level,” Aig-Imoukhuede, said.

He disclosed, “I look forward to doing my part to help the coalition expand its network, achieve greater levels of impact and ultimately improve the lives of millions of people around the world."

Also appointed to the newly-created post of Chairman of the GBC Corporate Advisory Board is Bill Roedy, Chairman and CEO of MTV International.

Roedy, a veteran of the international AIDS battle for over two decades, is known for the rapid and successful expansion of the MTV network around the globe and for using that platform to advance leading humanitarian and social causes, most prominently the fight against AIDS.

In the mid-1990s, he helped create the Global Business Council on HIV/AIDS, which is the predecessor to today’s GBC.

The appointment of Rajat Gupta, to the Corporate Advisory Board, was also announced.

Gupta, was former world-wide Managing Director of McKinsey and a long-time leader on issues of global health and development within the corporate community.

He is a co-founder of the public health institute in India and until recently, served as Chairman of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

He currently serves on the Board of Procter and Gamble and Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce.
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01 december 2010 18:44:38

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