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deVere Appoints First Chief Diversity Officer

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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.”

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UBA Appoints New Group Managing Director, Executive Board Members

United Bank for Africa appointed Oliver Alawuba to oversee the bank’s operations across 20 African countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

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United Bank for Africa, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, has appointed Oliver Alawuba as Group Managing Director to oversee the bank’s operations across 20 African countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

The bank that was just licensed to operate in the United Arab Emirates disclosed in a press release signed by Bili A. Odum, Group Company Secretary.

Mr. Alawuba is expected to resume his new position on August 1, 2022, subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Oliver Alawuba joined UBA in 1997 and has held a series of senior positions, including as the CEO of UBA Ghana, the CEO of UBA, Africa and most recently, as Group Deputy Managing Director.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, stated ‘I am very pleased to announce Oliver Alawuba as the new Group Managing Director of the UBA Group. Oliver has extensive experience in Nigeria and our African network and is well equipped to advance our pan-African and global strategy.

I have no doubt that Oliver will build on the legacy of Kennedy Uzoka, who has exemplified transformational leadership by championing a customer-first philosophy; launching our twentieth operation in Africa, UBA Mali; acquiring a wholesale banking licence for UBA UK in the United Kingdom; and opening our fourth global operation, UBA Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates”.

Oliver Alawuba expressed his commitment to his new role as Group Managing Director saying “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great institution and would like to thank the UBA Group Chairman and the members of the Board of Directors for the confidence they have put in me to deliver the mandate.”

Other executive appointments are:

  • Ms. Sola Yomi-Ajayi, Executive Director, Treasury and International Banking. Sola has been with the Group since 2004 and has considerable international experience, culminating in her appointment as CEO of UBA America.
  • Mr. Ugochukwu Nwagodoh, Executive Director, Finance and Risk Management. Ugo joined the Group from PwC in October 2004. He has since held a series of significant roles in the areas of performance management, compliance, financial control and reporting.
  • Mr. Alex Alozie, Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer, who joined the Group in 2019 and has driven the Group’s digital transformation and operational efficiencies.
  • Ms. Emem Usoro, Executive Director, North Bank. Emem joined the Group in 2011 and has served in a series of senior regional appointments across Nigeria, covering the retail, corporate and public sectors.

The appointments as after the following executive directors retired: Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, Mr. Uche Ike, Mr. Chukwuma Nweke, Mr. Ibrahim Puri and Mr. Chiugo Ndubisi.

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Ellah Lakes Appoints Paul Farrer as Deputy Managing Director

Ellah Lakes Plc has appointed Mr. Paul Farrer as its new Deputy Managing Director to oversee the company’s operational growth and development.

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Ellah Lakes Plc has appointed Mr. Paul Farrer as its new Deputy Managing Director to oversee the company’s operational growth and development.

Ellah Lakes announced in a statement signed by Olumoroti Alli, a staff of OAKE Legal, ( the Company Secretary).

Prior to his appointment, Paul Farrer was the Country Manager for Innscor International, then the Group Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of Food Concepts Plc.

His last Seven (7) Years in Nigerian Private Sector have been spent as the CEO of Nascon Allied Industries PLC, leading a team of over 600 staff. NASCON Allied Industries Plc. is also listed on Nigerian Exchange Limited.

Mr. Farrer will be responsible for the operational growth and development of the Company, and the expansion of the Ellah Lakes Staple Crop Processing Zones (SCPZ’s) strategy across Nigeria.

Commenting on the appointment, the Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi said “We are very happy and excited about the extremely valuable addition of Paul to the team. He has a proven track record both internationally and in Nigeria”.

“We have set ambitious growth targets for Ellah Lakes Plc, and Paul Farrer possesses the wealth of experience required to develop companies in the challenging Nigerian environment. We are very glad to welcome him on board to strengthen the Ellah Lakes Executive team”.

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Industrial & Medical Gases Nigeria Appoints Aminu Ado as Acting Chairman

Following the demise of Mr. Abiodun Olabode Alabi, the Board of Directors of Industrial & Medical Gases Nigeria Plc has appointed Mr. Aminu Ado as the Acting Chairman.

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Following the demise of Mr. Abiodun Olabode Alabi, the Board of Directors of Industrial & Medical Gases Nigeria Plc has appointed Mr. Aminu Ado as the Acting Chairman.

This was stated in a statement signed by Aderonke Segun-Alabi (Mrs), Company Secretary.

Aminu Ado Profile

Mr. Aminu Ado holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management from the Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen, UK. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) (Executive) from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom, a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).

Aminu is currently the Managing Director, TY Holdings Limited and was appointed a Non-Executive Director of IMG in January 2022.

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