deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organisations, has appointed Beverley Yeomans as its inaugural Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).
Based in Malta, Ms Yeomans, who is also the Chief Operating Officer for the game-changing group, takes up the additional role with immediate effect and reports directly to the founder and CEO, Nigel Green.
Mr Green comments: “deVere is committed to making our globe-spanning organisation even more inclusive, diverse and equitable. To ensure that this critical commitment is successful, we needed someone who knows our culture inside out to lead the charge.
“Beverley has been at the top of her game in a senior executive role and on the Board, for some 22 years in a highly male-dominated sector. Due to traditional industry biases, it’s a depressing reality that very few women have ever achieved this level, so young, and for this long in international financial services.
“But Beverley tore-up that ‘rule book’, breaking down barriers and leading by example. She was the ideal person to become our first-ever Chief Diversity Officer.”
For her part, Ms Yeomans says: “I’m thrilled to be taking on this extra role and help our group further incorporate diversity and inclusion in the way we operate day-to-day, as well as attracting and retaining the very best diverse talent.
“I’m excited to get going on building on the strong foundations we have already created at deVere, helping to galvanise the culture of inclusion.”
deVere has the most diverse and inclusive staff in the international financial services sector. This is in no small part due to the tireless work and expertise of Beverley Yeomans.
“But there’s much, much more to do,” she says. “We will continue to lead the drive. Why? Because it is the right, fair thing to do and it makes for a better and stronger organisation.”
Ms Yeomans goes on to say: “I look forward to launching bold, innovative ideas and being a catalyst for promoting an even more inclusive work environment where all our people belong and thrive.”
Nigel Green concludes: “deVere isn’t an organisation that pays lip service to diversity. We’re taking measurable action.”
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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