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FOLASOPE AIYESIMOJU

MR FOLASOPE AIYESIMOJU

Mr. Folasope Aiyesimoju was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of CAP PLC on 5 October 2021 and elected as Chairman of the Board on 15 June 2023.

Mr. Aiyesimoju is currently the Group Managing Director (“GMD”) of UAC of Nigeria PLC (“UACN”) with responsibility for shaping overall strategy and driving long-term value creation. He is also the founder of Themis Capital Management, an investment firm focused on concentrating capital and talent on high-potential opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to founding Themis, he worked with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a leading global investment firm. His experience also includes working with the Standard Bank Group, where he led mergers and acquisitions in Nigeria. He spent the early part of his career with Ocean and Oil Holdings Limited, a principal investment firm in Nigeria and ARM Investment Managers, one of Nigeria’s leading investment advisory and wealth management firms. In furtherance of his role as GMD of UACN, he sits on the Boards of MDS Logistics Limited, Grand Cereals Limited, UAC Foods Limited and UPDC PLC.

Mr. Aiyesimoju holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Estate Management from the University of Lagos, where he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Real Estate Development and Finance and earned the right to use the CFA designation in 2006.

BOLARIN OKUNOWO

MRS BOLARIN OKUNOWO

Bolarin is a seasoned business leader and finance specialist with over 17+ years’ experience in a range of roles spanning investment banking and financial services, manufacturing, oil and gas, real estate and hospitality. She joined UAC of Nigeria Plc (“UACN”) Group in October 2018 and served as UACN’s Investment Executive responsible for managing the company’s investments in its Industrial businesses (paints, logistics and real estate). In her role as an Investment Executive, Bolarin was responsible for working with management teams to shape strategy and deliver commercial outcomes.
Prior to joining UACN, she was the Head, Energy & Infrastructure Finance at Stanbic IBTC Capital (“Stanbic”) with responsibility for the oil and gas, power and infrastructure debt finance portfolio. Prior to Stanbic, Bolarin worked with ARM Investments Managers and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bolarin is a qualified Chartered Accountant; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham UK and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the prestigious London School of Economics.
Bolarin served as the immediate past Managing Director of Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc, where she led a turnaround of the business and the implementation of the successful merger with CAP Plc. She was a Non-Executive Director of CAP Plc until July 2020 and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Livestock Feeds Plc.

IFEOMA CHUKS-ADIZUE

MRS IFEOMA CHUKS-ADIZUE

Ifeoma is a seasoned commercial professional with in-depth experience in Brand Management, Sales, Media garnered over 17 years’ experience building brands, people and businesses across Africa within global FMCG companies. Ifeoma joined CAP Plc in February 2021 as the Chief Commercial Officer leading the development and execution of strategies to deliver the business growth agenda.
Prior to joining CAP Plc, Ifeoma was Head of Marketing Cocoa Beverages at Cadbury Nigeria, responsible for the growth of the business across Nigeria and Ghana as well as leading the Equity and Innovation agenda for the category across Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Cadbury, Ifeoma worked with Procter & Gamble for over 12-years, holding various senior sales and marketing roles.
Ifeoma is passionate about the all-round growth of people, especially women. She is the author of the books – ‘The Uncommon Woman’ and ‘Made For MORE’ and Founder of the Uncommon Woman Movement, an online platform focused on helping career women birth the ‘MORE’ in them whilst growing in their careers and being a positive pillar in their homes.
Ifeoma holds a degree in Economics from the University of Jos where she graduated top of her class. She is a Registered Practitioner of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of FINCA Microfinance Bank Limited.
Ifeoma was appointed Executive Director, Commercial effective April 1st, 2022.

MRS MUHIBAT OMOBOLANLE I. ABBAS

MRS MUHIBAT OMOBOLANLE I. ABBAS

Mrs. Muhibat Abbas graduated from the University of Lagos with B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Business Administration. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, with over thirty years’ experience in Internal Audit, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Treasury Management and Pension Fund Administration.
She worked variously as Group Treasurer of UAC Nigeria Plc., Finance Director/Company Secretary of CAP Plc., Divisional Commercial Director Bordpak Premier Packaging and Managing Director of UNICO CPFA Ltd. She was the Acting Chief Financial Officer of UAC Nigeria Plc and was a Non-Executive Director of FSDH Merchant Bank Limited from inception till July 2019. She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of UAC Restaurants Limited.
Mrs. Muhibat Abbas was appointed to the Board of Chemical and Allied Products Plc. on May 31, 2019. She serves as a Non-Executive Director and sits on the following committees: Risk Management Committee (Chairperson), Board Audit Committee (Chairperson), Statutory Audit Committee (Member),and the Remuneration and Governance Committee (Member)

UDO OKONJO

MRS UDO OKONJO

Mrs. Udo Okonjo is currently the Chief Executive Officer/Vice Chairman of Fine and Country West Africa. She is a seasoned legal practitioner who was admitted to the Nigerian Bar Association and New York Bar in 1991 and 1994 respectively and pursued a successful legal career for more than two decades, in addition to having acted as Senior Special Adviser on Legal and Constitutional Matters to the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and being a Partner at a leading local law firm, Templars Barristers & Solicitors.

Having emerged best graduating female student at the Nigerian Law School, in 1991, she was awarded the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship to study at the University of London, Kings College School of Law, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) specializing in Corporate and Commercial Law. She earned a certificate in Effective Real Estate Marketing from the National University of Singapore in conjunction with the Dubai Real Estate Institute amongst several real estate and executive courses at the Said Business School, Oxford University, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, and Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University. She is very passionate about real estate and entrepreneurship as a means of wealth creation and nation building and is convener of the annual Refined Investor Series to provide an accurate roadmap and insight on the Nigerian real estate market.
Mrs. Udo Okonjo was appointed to the Board of Chemical and Allied Products Plc. on August 1, 2019. She serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director and sits on these committees in various capacities: Remuneration and Governance Committee (Chairperson),Board Audit Committee (Member), and Statutory Audit Committee (Member).

VITUS EZINWA

DR VITUS EZINWA

Dr. Ezinwa is a seasoned business manager and human resource professional with experience in leading multinational corporations.
Prior to Joining UACN, he worked as Group Human Resources Director for Promasidor Africa; Human Resources Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria & Equatorial Africa with responsibility for 10 countries and Human Resources Director for British American Tobacco, West & Central Africa covering Ghana, Benin, Niger & Togo. Dr. Ezinwa was, until recently, the Group Human Resource Director for Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.</pdiv
He is a member of the Advisory Board of Afterschool Graduate Development Centre, member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) UK.
He is a co-founder and Director of HR Network Africa and was until 2014, a member of the Lagos Business School’s Advisory Board. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, MBA in Management from Lagos Business School, a Master’s in applied business research and a Doctorate in Business Administration, both from Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland.

BABS OMOTOWA

MR. BABS OMOTOWA

Mr. Omotowa is a consummate global leader in Upstream and Midstream Oil and Gas Industry, with an extensive executive career across several companies in several continents. He has extensive experiences in C-Suite (CEO), board, and advisory roles in several multi-billion-dollar businesses, in established and emerging energy sectors.
Mr. Omotowa was the Managing Director/CEO of Nigeria LNG Limited (“Nigeria LNG”) for almost 5 years from December 2011 to September 2016 where he achieved 65% growth in revenue to $40bn and 70% rise in returns, and raising $2bn international financing to build 6 new LNG ships.
Prior to joining Nigeria LNG, Mr. Omotowa served in different capacities including Vice-President Shell Sub-Saharan Africa, Director and General Manager at Shell Petroleum Development Company, amongst others. He was also a Non-Executive Director at West African Gas Pipeline Company; The Nigerian Economic Summit Group, and a global president of a 100,000 members UK Chartered Institute.
Subsequent to his tenure at Nigeria LNG, Mr. Omotowa served as Vice President of Shell Global Upstream E&P, and Special Adviser to the Shell Global Upstream Director.He is currently the Chairman, Advisory Board of Montserrado B.V. Group, and also sits on the board of Pearlhill Technologies (an American LLC, leading innovative technologies for a cleaner world and positively impacting on climate change).
Mr. Omotowa is currently studying for his DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) from Edinburgh Business School (2020 to 2026), he obtained an MBA from University of Leicester (2002). He has attended several leadership programs including the Leadership Development Program from INSEAD (2015), Senior Leadership Development Program from IMD Business School (2012) and General Manager’s Program from Harvard University (2003).

DEBOLA BADEJO

MR. DEBOLA BADEJO

Debola Badejo is an operations and finance executive with over 16 years of experience spanning business management, principal investing and, investment banking across North America, Europe, and Africa. Debola Badejo has core expertise in strategy, commercial operations, capital allocation, and effective team building. He also has extensive experience in advising companies on various corporate actions including, M&A, capital raising, and restructurings.
Debola Badejo is currently the Group Head, Investments at UAC of Nigeria PLC (“UAC”), where he is responsible for driving value creation and growth across UAC’s portfolio companies and seeking new investment opportunities for the group. He also serves as the Executive Vice Chairman at UAC Restaurants Limited (“UACR”), where he is responsible for the growth and financial outcomes of the business. He previously served as the Managing Director of UACR, where he led the turnaround of the business through the roll-out of corporate-owned restaurants across Nigeria. Prior to UACR, Debola was an Investment Executive at UAC where he managed the group’s interests in the Food and Beverage sectors. Debola Badejo sits on the Boards of Chemical and Allied Products PLC, UAC Foods Limited, Grand Cereals Limited, Livestock Feeds PLC and MDS Logistics Limited.

Prior to joining UAC in 2019, Debola Badejo was a Principal at Themis Capital Management (Themis), an active investment company focused on concentrating capital, talent, and expertise on a select number of long-term investments in African.

Debola Badejo previously spent over 10 years as a Corporate Finance professional in various leading investment banks, including Standard Bank in Lagos, London, and Johannesburg, where he executed M&A, restructuring and capital raising transactions across Sub-Saharan Africa; and Morgan Stanley in New York, where he worked on multi-billion-dollar transactions for large corporates across North America.

Debola Badejo graduated with a B.Sc in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in May 2008 and holds MBA degrees from both Columbia Business School and London Business School through the schools’ Joint Global Executive MBA program.

 

              
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