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Appointments

Volkswagen Group hires Johan de Nysschen as new COO 

Automotive manufacturing company, Volkswagen Group has hired Johan de Nysschen as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Volkswagen’s North American region. 

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Automotive manufacturing company, Volkswagen Group has hired Johan de Nysschen as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Volkswagen’s North American region. 

De Nysschen will be overseeing the company’s North American operations and as such will be reporting directly to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Scott Keogh. 

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In a statement, Keogh made it known that De Nysschen would help speed up the company’s day-to-day decision, streamlining executive reporting structure in order to better coordinate the brand and align operations in the region. 

He will help make us faster, better and smarter. He’ll speed our decision-making and dive deep into our day-to-day business so we can continue to make this brand matter again.” Keogh said. 

While commenting on his new job, De Nysschen said he was looking forward to re-joining the company where he spent 20 years earlier in his career before leading Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand and General Motors’ Cadillac. 

Brief background on De NysschenThe new COO worked for the Volkswagen Group back in1993 down to 2012. In the last nine years of his tenure, he served as President of Audi of America and led a team that included marketing Keogh and COO Mark del Rosso. During his tenure, Audi climbed from 35,000 sales in 2003 to 139,000 sales in 2012.  

In 2012, De Nysschen left Audi of America to run Infiniti which he later left in 2014 to run Cadillac. He then left Cadillac in April 2018. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Economics from Nelson Mandela University and is also an alumnus from the University of Pretoria. 

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De Nysschen, who is set to start his new job on October 1, will be controlling Volkswagen brand’s strategy and overall operational excellence through the launch of numerous products. 

About the Company: Volkswagen AG, known internationally as the Volkswagen Group, is a German multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Lower Saxony, Germany. It sells passenger cars under the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda and other Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. 

 

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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.’’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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