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.”
CSCS Reappoints Haruna Jalo-Waziri As CEO
The board of the Central Securities Clearing System has approved the re-appointment of the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Haruna Jalo-Waziri, for another five-year term.
CSCS disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the company had seen a major boost in its revenue base and had also built strong strategic alliances with other financial market entities across Africa during Jalo-Waziri’s tenure.
It said Jalo-Waziri led the company’s profit growth by 18 percent compound annual growth rate and delivered a 20 percent return on average equity in the 2020 financial year amidst the pandemic.
The Chairman, CSCS, Mr. Oscar Onyema, said the board was impressed with the CEO’s performance and that the foundation built by the team had positioned the firm for its next growth phase.
Onyema said, “That is why we are aiming to consolidate on our gains and diversify the business for sustainable growth.
“On behalf of the board, I congratulate Mr. Jalo-Waziri on this reappointment, which reflects our vote of confidence and greater expectations from him in creating value for shareholders and broader stakeholders of CSCS.”
Jalo-Waziri appreciated the board for the reappointment.
“I am tremendously proud of the talent pool we have built here at CSCS. As we set out to diligently execute our next growth strategy, I am super excited at the future of this great institution and look forward to deepening our partnership with different stakeholders for mutual prosperity,” he said.
He added that he would continue to count on the support of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the board, participants and other stakeholders in deepening the Nigerian capital market.
Airtel Africa Appoints Tsega Gebreyes as an Independent Non-executive Director
Airtel Africa Plc on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ms. Tsega Gebreyes as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.
The company disclosed in a statement signed by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary, Airtel Africa.
Profile of Tsega Gebreyes
Ms. Gebreyes is the founding partner of Satya Capital Limited, a private investment firm specialising in Africa related investments. She served as Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer of Celtel International BV and Senior Advisor to Zain.
Her previous experience includes her role as a founding partner of the New Africa Opportunity Fund, LLP, a US $120 million private equity Fund anchored by Citibank. She has served in various positions at Citibank and McKinsey.
Ms. Gebreyes currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange Group, as Vice Chair of SES, a publicly listed company in Luxembourg, as Director of Satya Capital Limited and as Senior Adviser to TPG. In addition, she has served on the boards of several privately held companies operating in Africa, as senior adviser to MTC and as a non-executive director for Sonae International.
She has served in various capacities during her board memberships including roles on Audit, Remuneration, and Finance Committees. Ms. Gebreyes holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is an Ethiopian national.
Commenting on Ms. Gebreyes’ appointment, Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal said: “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted that Tsega has agreed to join the Airtel Africa Board and we very much look forward to working closely with her. Tsega brings with her great telecommunications experience, working and investing in Africa and above all solid financial acumen. All this adds additional knowledge base at the Board”.
Chemical and Allied Products Plc Appoints Mr. Folasope Aiyesimoju as a Non-Executive Director
The management of Chemical and allied Products Plc has appointed Mr. Folasope Aiyesimoju as a Non-Executive Director of the company, effective October 5, 2021.
The company disclosed in a statement signed by Ayomipo Wey, Company Secretary and General Counsel and seen by Investors King.
Mr. Folasope Aiyesimoju Profile
Mr. Aiyesimoju is a finance professional with experience spanning corporate finance, principal investing and private equity. Over the course of his career, he has lived and worked in SubSaharan Africa’s most important economies gaining experience of the operating landscape in the region.
Mr. Aiyesimoju is currently the Group Managing Director of UAC of Nigeria Plc (“UACN”), with responsibility for shaping overall strategy and driving long-term value creation. He is also the founder of Themis Capital Management, an investment firm focused on concentrating capital and talent on high-potential opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to founding Themis, he worked with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a leading global investment firm. His experience also includes working with the Standard Bank Group, where he led mergers and acquisitions in Nigeria. He spent the early part of his career with Ocean and Oil Holdings Limited, a principal investment firm in Nigeria and ARM Investment Managers, one of Nigeria’s leading investment advisory and wealth management firms.
Mr. Aiyesimoju co-founded Foodpro Limited, a nutritional snacks business focused on edible nuts, where he currently serves as a non-executive director. He also sits on the Boards of MDS Logistics Limited, Grand Cereals Limited, UAC Foods Limited and UPDC Plc.
Mr. Aiyesimoju holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Estate Management from the University of Lagos, where he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Real Estate Development and Finance, and earned the right to use the CFA designation in 2006.
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