Oxford Business Group (OBG) has appointed Bernardo Bruzzone as its new Regional Editor for Africa.
In his new role, Bruzzone will oversee the production of OBG’s business intelligence across the region as the post-pandemic global economic recovery gathers momentum, with a specific focus on Africa’s myriad investment opportunities.
Bruzzone holds a master’s degree in international studies from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Since joining OBG, Bruzzone has conducted on-the-ground economic research across several markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America, researching, editing and managing numerous projects, while conducting face-to-face meetings with heads of states, ministers, regulators and business leaders. He is also an experienced panel moderator, opinion piece writer and media contributor.
Bruzzone said he was delighted to be taking up his new post at a time when the region’s efforts to move forward from the pandemic and kickstart an intra-continental economic recovery were taking shape.
Although challenges are significant, Africa remains a popular investment destination, with several of its markets among the fastest growing in the world,” he said. “Internet access and digital solutions will undoubtedly be key to unlocking the continent’s potential, as will infrastructure upgrades and stronger supply chains. I look forward to following the region’s progress as it embarks on the next phase of its economic development and documenting the strides made for our subscribers.”
Oliver Cornock, OBG’s Editor-in-Chief, said Bruzzone’s experience of reporting on the region’s economies and, most recently, time spent analysing the implications of the now operational African Continental Free Trade Area, would serve him well in his new role.
“The challenges Africa faces as the world emerges from the pandemic shouldn’t be underestimated, but the opportunities for investors as the region moves to address the longstanding weaknesses that Covid-19 has highlighted are huge,” he said. “Bernardo is well versed in the workings of the African market, including its plans to make intra-continental economic expansion a focus. I’m confident he will do an excellent job in ensuring investors have the data and analysis they need to make smart decisions on this rapidly developing region.”
Ibukun Aiyemo Becomes Marketing Coordinator For Burger King
Ibukun Aiyemo, a marketing and brand strategist has joined the services of Allied Food & Confectionary Services Limited, a franchisee of Burger King in Nigeria, as its Marketing Coordinator for Burger King.
This appointment occured following the launch of Burger King in Nigeria and plans to commence business in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Ibukun was formerly with Eat’n’Go Ltd, a quick service restaurant (QSR) brand, before joining the new company. Worth mentioning is the fact that Burger King, an American multinational hamburger fast food chain will commence operations in the Nigerian market by the fourth quarter of 2021.
In her new role, Ibukun will be overseeing the marketing activities of the new brand in the Nigerian market and ensuring that the brand captures a larger share of the country’s food industry and the QSR segment.
She started her career in broadcast journalism at Suss Productions where she was a TV reporter before joining Eat’n’Go. At Eat’n’Go, she was the Assistant Executive (Digital Media, Domino’s Pizza Nigeria) before her position to Assistant Executive (Digital Media, Pinkberry Yoghurt ) and later got elevated to the position of Digital Marketing Executive.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication/Media Studies from the Babcock University Nigeria. She is also Digital marketing and Data Analytics at Career Heights and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.
Ecobank Appoints Akin Dada As Head of Corporate Banking
Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, has announced the appointment of Akin Dada as the new Executive Director of Corporate and Investment Banking.
Previously Head of Ecobank Group’s Corporate Banking, Dada joined Ecobank in 2017 as the Executive Director of Corporate Banking in Nigeria, according to a statement from Ecobank on Tuesday.
The bank said Dada had over 30 years of banking experience in client coverage, strategic transaction initiation and advisory dialogues across various client segments, including public sector, telecoms, FMCG and oil and gas.
Prior to joining Ecobank, he was the Managing Director for Citigroup Cameroon, where he worked for 26 years in Corporate & Investment Banking as Senior Transactor, Senior Relationship Banker and Business Development Manager.
While at Citi, he handled a wide array of transactions in loan syndications, project finance, corporate finance and advisory, according to the bank.
He also worked briefly with Access Bank Nigeria Plc as Group Head, Oil & Gas.
Ecobank Group Chief Executive Officer, Ade Ayeyemi, said, “Akin’s valuable and varied experience over many years in corporate banking as well as his broader knowledge of banking, credit and risk management position him appropriately to lead our Corporate and Investment Bank.
“There are huge opportunities for the Ecobank Group with the implementation of the AfCFTA, which heralds burgeoning demand for trade finance, advisory services and cross-border payments.”
The bank added that Dada had an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK, and a degree in political science from the University of Ibadan.
He succeeds Amin Manekia, who retired from the group in 2020.
Afrinvest Appoints Mrs. Onaghinon As COO
Afrinvest West Africa Limited, has appointed the former head of public private partnership agency of the Edo State, Mrs Onoise Onaghinon as its chief operating officer.
Onaghinon joined Afrinvest in 2003 as an analyst in the firm’s investment banking division, rising through the ranks to become an associate, then vice president and eventually executive director & head of investment banking.
She is a seasoned veteran in the Nigerian capital markets and investment landscape with over 18 years of experience in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings across many industries.
In 2017, Onaghinon took a sabbatical from the Firm to head the Public Private Partnership Agency of the Edo State Government. Having acquitted herself creditably in the public sector, she has rejoined the Firm to resume as the new COO.
Speaking on the appointment, group managing director of Afrinvest, Ike Chioke, said: “over the years, Onaghinon has demonstrated great leadership, professional excellence and outstanding client commitment in driving the firm’s business units, particularly our investment banking division. We are delighted to have her back and we look forward to leveraging her cross-disciplinary experience across the Afrinvest group”.
In her new role, Onaghinon will oversee human resources, legal & compliance, internal control and general services while leading the firm’s initiatives to improve efficiency across its subsidiaries.
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