Lafarge Africa Plc has announced the retirement of two of its Non-Executive Directors, as well as the appointment of three new Directors. This was disclosed by the company in a notification signed by the Company Secretary, Adewunmi Alode and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
The retirements of Non-Executive Directors – Mr. Christof Hassig and Mr Rossen Papazov, was said to have taken effect from April 7, 2020.
Lafarge Africa also announced the appointment of Mr. Gbenga Oyebode as a new Independent Non-Executive Director, Mr. Olivier Guitton as a Non-Executive Director, and Mr. Lolu Alade-Akinyemi as the new Finance Director. All three appointments took effect today, April 8, 2020.
Speaking on the appointment, Chairman of Lafarge Africa Plc, Bolaji Balogun said:
“I wish to thank Christof Hassig and Rossen Papazov for their service and contributions to the Board over the last two years and wish them well in the future.
“I am delighted to welcome Gbenga Oyebode, MFR, Olivier Guitton and Lolu Alade-Akinyemi to the Board of Lafarge Africa. I consider them strong additions with rich and diverse experience and we look forward to working with them on the Board and wish them a successful tenure.”
Oyebode’s profile: Oyebode is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in corporate and commercial practice. He has served in various capacities and companies since he began his career, some of which include being the Chairman of Access Bank. He has also worked as a Director at MTN Nigeria Plc, as well as the Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company.
Oyebode currently serves on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc, and Socfinaf S.A. He is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc. Other positions include Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Africa Leadership Academy Johannesburg, Director Jazz at the Lincoln Centre New York and Director African Philanthropy Forum, Member Board of Trustees Carnegie Hall New York, Member Board of Trustees Ford Foundation New York and Director International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), London.
He holds an LL.M from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and an LL.B from the University of Ife. Oyebode is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (FCIArb) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative, as well as a member of the Nigeria Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association (IBA), amongst others.
He is the founder and Chairman of the management board of Aluko & Oyebode (one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria).
Guitton’s profile: Guitton has over 22 years work experience in the transportation industry and currently holds the position of Head of Finance, Middle East & Africa at Lafargeholcim.
Prior to this, he held various positions within the Bombardier Group as Vice President, Finance, Asia, Bombardier Transportation, Singapore, Vice President, Finance Shared Service, Bombardier Transportation, France, Head of Finance, South Europe, Director, Cash Management, Bombardier Capital, France, General Manager and Division Controller, Europe. He was also the Group Deputy CFO & Group Controller Louis Dreyfus Company, France.
Guitton holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration at the EDHEC Business School, French Instit des techniques de Marches (ITM).
Alade-Akinyemi’s profile: Alade-Akinyemi is a certified accountant with 20 years of experience leading and transforming Finance & Supply Chain teams in complex, multinational companies in the United Kingdom, Ghana and Nigeria.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland, UK, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Supply Chain Director of Lafarge Africa Plc.
Prior to joining Lafarge in 2014, he was Finance Director, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Head of Business Operations & Development Strategy, New Business and Head of Supply Chain & Operations, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Accra-Ghana, Finance Manager (Group Office), Coca-Cola Europe, Eurasia & Middle East Group, London, Finance Manager (Africa Group), Coca-Cola Africa, Windsor, UK and Assistant Budget & Planning Manager at Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited.
ExxonMobil Nigeria gets new Chairman and Managing Director
The disclosure was made in a statement by the Manager Media and Communications.
Oil exploration and production giant, ExxonMobil, has announced the appointment of Richard Laing, as the new Chairman and Managing Director of its 3 affiliate firms in Nigeria with effect from August 1, 2020.
The disclosure was made in a statement by the Manager Media and Communications, ExxonMobil, Mr. Ogechukwu Udeagha, on Saturday, August 8, 2020, in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
The 3 affiliate oil firms of ExxonMobil include Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Offshore East).
According to the statement from ExxonMobil, Richard Laing was appointed to replace Paul McGrath, who has been appointed Vice President, Global Projects for ExxonMobil in Houston after spending more than 3 years in Nigeria.
The statement from Ogechukwu Udeagha reads, “Prior to his appointment, Laing was executive director of oil and gas production and related support groups for all of the ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria.’’
”Laing joined ExxonMobil in 1989 and has held variety of engineering, planning, safety and managerial positions in upstream and downstream operations while working in the U.K, Qatar, U.S. and Nigeria,” he added.
Udeagha said that Laing holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Master’s in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
In his reaction, Liang said; “It is a privilege to lead the ExxonMobil team in Nigeria and build on the work that Paul McGrath had done over the last three years.
“I look forward to the work that lies ahead and continuing the company’s outstanding relationships.”
MRS Oil announces resignation of its MD, appoints an acting MD
The disclosure was made in a notification by the oil marketing giant.
Oil marketing giant, MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, has announced the resignation of its Managing Director, Mrs Priscilla Thorpe-Monclus with effect from August 5, 2020, and the subsequent appointment of Mr Marco Storari as the Managing Director in an acting capacity.
The oil firm also announced the resignation of one of its directors, Mr Christopher Okorie, also with effect from August 5, 2020.
The disclosure was made in a notification by the oil marketing giant, which was sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on August 7, 2020, and signed by its Company Secretary O.M. Jafojo.
The statement from MRS Oil Nigeria Plc reads:
“At the Board Meeting of August 5, 2020, the Board of Directors of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, considered and approved the resignation of Mrs Priscilla Thorpe-Monclus as Managing Director and Director of the Company, and the resignation of Mr Christopher Okorie as Director of the Company, effective August 5, 2020.
“The Board of Directors also considered and approved the appointment of Mr Marco Storari as Director and Managing Director (Acting) of the Company.’’
According to the statement, Mrs Thorpe-Monclus, during her tenure as the Managing Director, showed great commitment and dedication in her drive for the new MRS Brand, which resulted in the unveiling of three new retail outlets in Lagos, one in Owerri, two in Kano and two new outlets in Abuja. It also resulted in an overall business turnaround for the oil company.
The board commended the efforts of Mrs Thorpe-Monclus and Mr Okorie to the growth of the company and wished them the best in their future endeavours.
Mr Marco Storari, on the other hand, is a seasoned leader with more than 3 decades’ experience in the management, shipping, trading and terminal operations in the industry. He has held various high-level positions where he recorded business successes in companies in Italy, Monaco and Nigeria.
He was, until his appointment as Acting Managing Directors, the Group Executive Director, Storage and Terminal for MRS Holdings Limited. He has been a driving force in the transformation of the MRS Group over the last 10 years.
The Board of Directors of MRS has expressed its confidence in the ability of Storari to bring to bear his wealth of experience in the industry, to improve business efficiency.
MRS Oil Nigeria Plc is a fully integrated and efficient downstream player, with leading positions in the Nigerian Oil Industry. The oil firm, with its head office in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, previously traded under the name Texaco Nigeria Plc. It has 3 business units namely sale of petroleum products at retail outlets, sale of aviation fuel, and blending of lubricants.
Nnaemeka Ewelukwa assumes office as new MD/CEO of NBET
Dr, Eweluka replaced the sacked Dr. Amobi as NBET Chief before full assumption in August 2020.
Dr Nnaemeka Ewelukwa has assumed office as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc. This was announced earlier today by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) August 6, 2020
The Backstory: In December 2019, the former CEO of NBET, Dr Marilyn Amobi, was suspended by Nigeria’s Minister of Power. This followed a series of complaints made against Dr Amobi who was appointed to the position in 2016. Following her sack, the Minister of Power also noted that he was seeking to bring sanity back to the system. A committee was also set up to investigate the many complaints against the former NBET CEO.
“In view of this, the minister has also directed the Constitution of a 5-man investigative committee to look into the myriads of complaints against the MD/CEO (of NBET) with the view of restoring sanity in the management of the company. Consequently, she is to handover to the most senior director in the organisation,” a statement issued by Aaron Artimas, the spokesman of the Minister of Power had read.
Interestingly, President Muhammadu Buhari reinstated Dr Amobi in January this year, but then finally sacked her later in June. Now, Dr, Eweluka, who was earlier announced as Amobi’s replacement, has now taken over.
Before now, Eweluka was appointed the General Counsel and Company Secretary of NBET in march 2012. He has also served as a Technical Adviser with the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) where he was a member of the Regulatory and Transactions Monitoring Unit.
He graduated with an LLB from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, an LLM in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London.