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LeMonica W. Hakeem

Vice President of Business Development

LeMonica Hakeem, Vice President of Business Development, is responsible for leading the pursuit of new business opportunities. LeMonica focuses on acquiring airport concessions contracts in new and existing airport markets, establishing new brand relationships, and exploring strategic diversification ventures.

Over the past 12 years, LeMonica has worked in a variety of roles with CI and our sister company, HJ Russell & Company. In 2001, she began her career as Director of Internal Audit for both organizations. She then served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Administration for CI from 2007 to 2011, including fulfilling the role of Interim VP of Finance for CI during a transition period in 2009. LeMonica assumed responsibility for the company's business development efforts in 2011 as Interim Director of Business Development and was instrumental in CI being awarded contracts in our Atlanta, Denver and Dallas/Fort Worth airport operations.

In addition to LeMonica's extensive experience with CI working across multiple disciplines, she possesses significant accounting and audit skills from her prior experiences working with a major accounting firm and an international public company.

LeMonica is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She recently earned an MBA degree from the Emory University Goizueta Business School. LeMonica is a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association and Fast Casual Industry Council, Women's Food Service Forum, and the Executive Women of Goizueta.

Dedicated to contributing to volunteer and community activities, LeMonica has served as a board member of Caregivers Hope and Volunteers for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Inc. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

LeMonica and her husband Malik have two young sons, Myles and Langston.