Mahmud joined Dangote Industries Ltd in 2011 and was subsequently appointed as Company Secretary of DCP in 2013. He has broad legal experience including commercial law, international business and civil litigation as well as contractual and legislative drafting. He is licensed to practice law in Nigeria, in Maryland and New York in the United States of America.
He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1986 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. He also obtained a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence degree from Howard University School of Law, Washington DC, in 1994.