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Transcorp Appointments New Board of Directors And Subsidiary CEOs



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The Board of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s largest listed conglomerate and a leading investor in the energy sector, has announced the appointment of Mr. Victor Famuyibo and Mallam Ahmadu Sambo to its board of directors.

The appointment became effective from April 22, 2021.

The group, in a statement at the weekend, also formally announced the appointment of two new members of its executive management team: Mr. Vincent Ozoude, as MD/CEO of Trans-Afam Power Limited and Mr. Peter Ikenga, as MD/CEO of Transcorp Energy Limited.

Famuyibo joined the board with deep experience and knowledge in human resources and personnel management. He worked with multinational companies such as UAC Nigeria, Heineken International and Nigerian Breweries Plc, where he led numerous teams to drive strong employee engagement, the statement added.

Famuyibo retired from Nigerian Breweries as Director of Human Resources and a member of the board after a distinguished career of 32 years in the company.
On the other hand, Sambo has over 30 years of work experience in the private and public sectors in Nigeria and the United States.

He retired as group general manager in charge of Group Finance for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Prior to this, he was the managing director of NNPC Oilfield Services Limited, NIDAS Marine Limited and NNPC Pension Fund Limited between 2011 and 2016.

The statement said in recognition of his meritorious service, he received numerous awards, including the First Place Ministerial Award for outstanding Staff Performance from the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. “He is a Member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Accountancy and State of New Hampshire Board of Accountancy. He is also a Member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and National Association of Black Accountants,” it added.

Similarly, Ozoude is the MD/CEO of Trans-Afam Power Limited. He joined Transcorp Group from General Electric (GE) Inc-Sub Sahara Africa, where he was sales director, covering the entire Sub-Saharan Africa for General Electric Power Generation Services portfolio.

A graduate of Chemical Engineering with Masters in the same field from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Ozoude is leading Transcorp’s recently acquired 966MW power plant asset, Afam Genco, which comprises Afam Power Plc and Afam Three Fast Power Limited.

“Ozoude has over 20 years of work experience in the power generation services sector, was at some time a member of GE field engineers advisory board for Africa and Middle East region, a greenbelt lean six sigma qualified and won numerous awards such as Everyday Excellence Expertise Award from GE Global leadership, Clear Thinker Award amongst others,” it added.

Ikenga is the MD/CEO of Transcorp Energy to lead the conglomerate’s integrated energy strategy, with a particular focus on gas, renewables and alternative energy.
He brings with him a wealth of global professional experience, having directly developed and managed major oil, gas and power assets and operations in multiple regions, including Nigeria, Brazil and the United States for Shell Nigeria and Shell International. Prior to joining the group, Peter was refining director for an indigenous oil and gas operator in Nigeria.

Commenting on the appointments, the Chairman of Transcorp Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu, said: “Transcorp has made a succession of important recent business acquisitions, consolidating our position in the power, oil and gas sectors, demonstrating our commitment to Nigeria’s economy and the rapid advance in our integrated power strategy.

“We are delighted to complement these with further investment in human capital. These announcements illustrate the depth, diversity and quality of experience of our leaders, both executive and non-executive. Our board and management team, led by the President/Group CEO, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo, are further capacities to deliver our vision.

“Mr. Famuyibo, with his considerable experience in human resources, will be invaluable in working with management to deliver cutting edge employee management practices. Mallam Sambo brings crucial knowledge of the energy sector, further accelerating our integrated energy strategy.

“Peter and Vincent, working with our existing CEOs, Mr. Chris Ezeafulukwe, MD/CEO Transcorp Power Ughelli and Mrs. Dupe Olusola, MD/CEO Transcorp Hotels Plc, will contribute to the group’s mission of ‘improving lives and transforming Nigeria”.

Mr. Elumelu further said that: “Peter and Vincent, working with our existing CEOs, Mr. Chris Ezeafulukwe, MD/CEO Transcorp Power Ughelli and Mrs. Dupe Olusola, MD/CEO Transcorp Hotels Plc, will contribute to the Group’s mission of “Improving Lives and Transforming Nigeria. “With the acceleration in our integrated energy strategy and the expansion of our hospitality business, notably the recently launched digital hospitality platform, Aura by Transcorp, we are closer to our goal of powering one in every four homes in Nigeria and redefining the standards of hospitality in Africa. This investment in human capital demonstrates, once again, our commitment to bring together the best, to ensure the execution and value creation that our stakeholders expect”.

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) is a publicly quoted conglomerate, with a diversified shareholder base of over 300,000. Its portfolio comprises strategic investments in the power, hospitality, agribusiness and oil and gas sectors.

Among the organisations in the group are Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Transcorp Hotels Calabar, Transcorp Power Ltd, Trans-Afam Power Ltd, Transcorp Energy and the recently launched digital hospitality platform, Aura by Transcorp Hotels.

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Union Bank Announces the Appointment of Aisha Abubakar as Independent Non-Executive Director



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Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (“Union Bank”) has announced a change to the membership of its Board of Directors with the appointment of Ms. Aisha Abubakar as an Independent Non-Executive Director effective 9th September 2021, following the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Ms. Abubakar joins the Board of Union Bank following her tenure as Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development from 2018 to 2019. Prior to this, she also served as the Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment between 2015 and 2018. At the start of her career, Ms. Abubakar worked at Continental Merchant Bank Ltd., African Development Bank and African International Bank.

She is an accomplished public sector administrator with over three decades of professional experience in Public Service and Pension Administration, Investment Banking, SME Finance/Rural Enterprise Development and Micro-Credit Administration.

Ms. Abubakar is a Fellow of the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA-UK), and the President of the International Experts Consultants (IEC-UK).

Commenting on the addition to the Board, Mrs. Beatrice Hamza Bassey, Union Bank’s Board Chair said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome Ms. Aisha Abubakar to the Board. She brings many years of robust experience which will be invaluable in supporting our efforts to steer the Bank forward and deliver on our strategic objectives.”

Also commenting, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Emeka Okonkwo said: “I am pleased to welcome our new Independent Non-Executive Director, Ms. Aisha Abubakar to the Board. We look forward to drawing from her wealth of experience and fresh perspectives as we continue to execute our vision to be Nigeria’s most reliable and trusted partner.”

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Dangote Cement Appoints Mr. Philip Mathew as Deputy Group MD/CEO



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Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s leading cement manufacturer, has appointed Mr. Philip Mathew as the Deputy Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company with effect from September 15, 2021.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Edward Imoedemhe, Deputy Company Secretary, Dangote Cement Plc.

According to the manufacturer, “Mr. Mathew is a professional with 34 years of working experience in large global and regional cement industries and has been involved in project management from feasibility to commissioning and stabilisation.

“He has worked with multicultural teams in different countries and held several roles, including Process Engineer, Optimisation Manager, Plant Manager, Technical Director, Director Performance and Progress, Chief Manufacturing Officer, and recently, Head of Cement Excellence Manufacturing for the AsiaPacific region; defining the strategic goals and ambitions for cement manufacturing at regional level for a global cement company.”


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GCR Ratings Appoints Mr. John Kibebo CPA-K to its Kenyan Office



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GCR Ratings (“GCR”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John Kibebo CPA-K as a Credit Rating Analyst. John will be based full-time in our Kenyan office as an integral part of the GCR East Africa team as GCR continues to grow its presence in the region.

John has over 8 years’ experience conducting business and financial analysis. He joins GCR from Metropol Corporation Limited where he worked for over 6 years and progressed to become the Head of their Analysis department. Prior to his time at Metropol, John worked as an Accountant for Kenya Woman Microfinance Bank and as a Banking Consultant for Kenya Commercial Bank.

John is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K), with a B-Comm in Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and an Msc. in Finance from The University of Nairobi.

In announcing the appointment, Sylvia Chahonyo, Managing Director of GCR East Africa, said, “Following a thorough and rigorous search process we are delighted that John has agreed to take up the position of Credit Rating Analyst in Kenya. He has significant experience and expertise, and I am pleased that we have been able to attract someone of his caliber and track record.

I have no doubt that John’s appointment, in a permanent capacity based at GCR in Nairobi, will facilitate a deeper entrenchment of GCR’s presence and portfolio of credit ratings across Kenya and the region. His appointment also reinforces GCR’s ongoing commitment to investment and capital markets development in East Africa, and our role as a source of timely, accurate, and market leading credit opinions.”

Upon his appointment, Mr. Kibebo said, “I am delighted to join GCR Ratings and its growing analytical team of 45+ analysts spread across Africa. GCR has a stronghold in the African credit ratings market thanks to its local footprint. I am looking forward to working with issuers across the East-African market. Increasing access to, and use of, credit ratings in the region is a key element of a functioning capital market which, I believe, will help companies get greater access to funding, and investors to understand the risks associated to those entities which can assist in enhancing sustainable growth outcomes in East Africa.”

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