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Portland Paints appoints UAC’s Bolarin Okunowo as Non-Executive Director

Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc has appointed Mrs. Bolarin Okunowo as a Non-Executive Director. This is the second Non-Executive Director the company has appointed within the space of a month.



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Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc has appointed Mrs Bolarin Okunowo as a Non-Executive Director. This is the second Non-Executive Director the company has appointed within the space of a month.

Okunowo’s role entails policy-making and planning exercises for Portland Paints. With over 15-years experience as a financial expert, Okunowo will offer the company debt advisory, corporate finance, principal investments, and financial management counsel.

The appointment, which took effect on May 29, 2019, was just announced by Portland Paints through a statement published on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Okunowo is currently UAC group’s Head of Corporate Finance. In this role, she is saddled with the responsibility of recapitalising UACN Property Development Company Plc, a subsidiary of the UAC group.

Previous work experience: She was Stanbic IBTC Capital‘s Head, Energy & Infrastructure Finance. Okunowo handled oil and gas, power and infrastructure debt finance portfolio, among many other responsibilities.

She also worked at Asset & Resource Management Company (ARM) before joining Stanbic. Okunowo worked with an investment banking team at ARM, pioneering work on the company’s Hospitality & Retail Fund, as well as executed a host of financial advisory mandates across multiple sectors including infrastructure, government (PPP), aviation, real estate, and many other vital sectors.

Prior to joining ARM, Okunowo worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), providing audit services to the firm’s financial service clients.

Okunowo’s qualifications speak for her. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with 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.

Other details of Okunowo;

  • Okunowo’s work ethics saw her lead the execution of debt advisory and debt arranging mandates for large scale energy and infrastructure projects in Nigeria.
  • She has extensive experience in debt restructuring and recovery for complex transactions most notably in the wake of the 2015 oil price crash.
  • Over the course of her career at Stanbic, she worked and closed over $16 billion worth of debt financing deals for projects in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region as well as Greenfield infrastructure projects across the country.
  • While at Stanbic, she was seconded to the oil and gas debt finance team in Standard Bank of London and gained quality experience in international debt finance best practice.

Her appointment follows that of Mrs. Esosa Vanessa Balogun as a Non-Executive Director in April 2019.

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Airtel Nigeria announces appointment of Surendran as new Chief Executive Officer

Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of Mr C. Surendran as the new MD/CEO with effect from August 1, 2021.



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Telecommunications giant, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of Mr C. Surendran as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with effect from August 1, 2021.

Surendran would be replacing the outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive of Airtel Nigeria, Olusegun Ogunsanya, who has been elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa Plc with effect from October 1, 2021.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by Airtel on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Lagos.

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The statement says that Surendran would also be appointed to the Executive Committee (ExCo) as Regional Operating Director, reporting to the CEO of Airtel Africa plc, and onto the Board of Airtel Networks (Nigeria) Limited.

Airtel in its statement said, “Surendran has been with Bharti Airtel since 2003 and has contributed immensely in various roles across customer experience, sales and business operations.

He was the Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka, which is the largest circle in Airtel India, with over one billion dollars in revenue.

Surendran delivered an exceptional performance with significant movement in Revenue Market Share (RMS) over the last few years, currently at 54 percent. He has over 30 years of business experience, including 15 years at Xerox.’’


Airtel said that Surendran would transition into his new role from June 1, 2021, and spend the time onboarding into the business until July 31, 2021.

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It can be recalled that a few days ago, Airtel Africa Plc, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services in Nigeria and 13 other countries, announced the appointment of Mr Olusegun Ogunsanya as the new Chief Executive Officer, following the notice of retirement given by the current Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Raghunath Mandava, to the Board.

In the notification sent by Airtel Africa to the Nigerian Exchange, Ogunsanya is expected to join the board of Airtel Africa with effect from October 1, 2021.

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Guinness announces retirement of Chairman, appoints former Minister as replacement

Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Dr Omobola Johnson as the new Chairman of its board, with effect from July 1, 2021.



Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Dr. Omobola Johnson as the new Chairman of its board, with effect from July 1, 2021.

This follows the retirement of the current Chairman, Babatunde Savage, from the position, with effect from June 30, 2021.

The announcement is contained in a notice sent to the Nigerian Exchange Limited, investing public, and other stakeholders on May 4, 2021, and signed by the Company Secretary, Rotimi Odusola.

READ: Guinness, Int’l Brew, Nigerian Breweries spend N65.5 billion on key acquisitions in 2020

Johnson, who has over 30 years of experience from both the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy, was a former Minister of Communications Technology and a former Country Managing Director in Accenture.

While commenting on her appointment, Johnson who has been serving on the board of Guinness, said, “Guinness Nigeria is an excellent company with tremendous value creation opportunities, and I believe the refreshed board and management team remain committed to maximizing shareholder value.”

In his letter addressing the board in compliance with the applicable corporate governance regulation, Savage expressed his pleasure at the opportunity to have been a part of the Guinness story over the last four decades.

He thanked the board of Guinness Nigeria and Diageo UK for the opportunity to have served in several capacities, first as an employee who held various strategic senior roles, then as an Executive Director, and later as Chairman of the board, a role that he held for almost 12 years.

READ: Guinness Nigeria’s market value surged by N23.8 billion in March 2021

He said, “After almost 40 amazing years, my journey with Guinness Nigeria is coming to an end. Guinness Nigeria is and will always be family to me.”

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