Debra Mallowah, Coca-Cola East and Central Africa Vice President and Monali Shah, the Africa Head, Integrated Marketing Experiences, are among 50 African corporate female leaders that have been recognized by Leading Ladies Africa, for leading global organizations in defining growth and business opportunities as well as attaining significant growth in their careers.
The two are among 50 female African leaders and women of African descent who are said to be making their mark in the corporate and business sector, spanning different industries in global conglomerates all over the world. “This list reflects our objective to continue to push for gender diversity and inclusiveness within the corporate sector – especially for African women and to highlight and celebrate their achievements in the growth and expansion of global big business. Workplace advocacy specifically for African women and women of African descent makes up a huge part of our programmatic efforts and the work we do”, said Francesca Uriri, Founder Leading Ladies Africa.
Leading Ladies Africa is a women-focused non-profit launched with the key aim of driving leadership for African women, promoting women’s rights in Africa, developing, and equipping African women with the skills required to take on leadership roles across business, governance and corporate sectors.
The recognition comes as African women continue to rise and take up leadership positions in global corporate firms that are making Africa a hub for business and growth.
Debra Mallowah joined Coca-Cola in February this year as the Vice President, East and Central Africa Franchise while Monali Shah oversees the integrated marketing communications activities for Coca-Cola in Africa across the brand portfolio of the company.
Now in its third year, the list has evolved from being a Nigerian-centric one to an initiative that includes and encompasses the contributions other African women are making in the corporate sector.At the core of this recognition is a powerful message to African women to consolidate their collective influence by stretching their hands to others on the corporate ladder.
Other Kenyans recognized among the 50 African corporate leaders include Nancy Muhoya Ng’ang’a, the Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young, East Africa; Ednah Otieno, the Human Resources Director for Diageo in Great Britain and formerly Human Resources Director at East African Breweries; Lilian Onyach, the Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Stanbic Bank Kenya; and Angela Ndambuki the Regional Director of Sub-Saharan Africa at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.