The Board of Directors of SOSUCAM Cameroon’s largest sugar producer and processor appointed French citizen Alexandre Vilgrain as new Director General of SOSUCAM, the partially state-owned sugar producing and supply Company. Vilgrain is among several French business men who have dominated business in French Africa, continuing French domination of the region.
Mr. Alexandre Vilgrain served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Conetrage. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer at SOMDIAA S.A. SOMDIAA (Société d’Organisation de Management et de Développement des Industries Alimentaires et Agricoles) is a major player in the agro-food industry in Africa. SOMDIAA Group mainly produces and markets sugar and flour products but also eggs and animal feed across Africa. It was founded in 1970 and managed by Mr Vilgrain’s father, Jean-Louis Vilgrain, until he took over in 1995.
Alexandre Vilgrain he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alexandre Vilgrain Hodling. He has over 50 years’ experience in dealing primarily with sugar, flour, food and more recently, cotton. He served as Manager of Fromimo.
He began his professional career in 1979 in Jean-Louis Vilgrain, the family industrial group, in which he served in a variety of capacities in subsidiaries located in Africa, the Indian Ocean, Asia and France.
In 1985, he assumed the position of Chairman of Delifrance Asia Ltd. Since 1995, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Somdiaa. He has defined and implemented a strategy for the growth of the Group in Africa in the milling and sugar industry.
In 2009, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Conseil Français des Investisseurs en Afrique (CIAN). He was elected Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Les Fromentiers de France and then served as Chairman of the Board since 2005. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of SGMC (Cameroon), Fromentiers de France and Grand Moulin du Cameroun (SGMC).
He served as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fromentiers de France. He has been an Independent Director of Maurel & Prom Nigeria société anonyme (now MPI Société Anonyme) since November 15, 2010. He served as an Independent Director at Établissements Maurel & Prom Société anonyme (Maurel & Prom Sa.) since June 14, 2007 until July 30, 2015. He served as a Member of the Supervisory Board at CFAO SA (Alternative Name is Compagnie Francaise de l’Afrique Occidentale) from November 16, 2009 to January 25, 2011.
He served as Representative of Cogedal on the Board of Directors of Petrigel, Permanent representative of Somdiaa on the Board of Directors of Sominfor, Permanent representative of Somdiaa on the Board of Directors at Proparco (non-voting director “censeur”) and Representative of Somdiaa on the Board of Directors of CIAN (censeur).
He served as Director of Cogedal, Sominfor, Secria, Sonopros, Gabonaise SMAG, Sucrière du Cameroun (SOSUCAM), Saris-Congo Compagnie Sucrière du Tchad (C.S.T.) and US company Food Research Corporation (FRC). He served as Member of the Supervisory Board of Maurel & Prom Sa. from August 18, 2005 to June 14, 2007. He received his legal Education at the Assas.
The appointment of Mr Vilgrain reflects the growing trend by the current government in Cameroon where French citizens instead of Cameroonians have been appointed to manage Cameroon’s top companies across Banking, Agriculture, Insurance, and Transport.