MarketForce, the Kenya and Nigeria-based B2B platform for retail distribution of consumer goods and digital financial services in Africa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Arthur Bourekas as the Chief Commercial Officer, effective 1st October 2021.
Mr. Arthur has over 25 years of experience executing commercial growth, logistics and distribution in some of the most challenging countries in the world. He worked for A.G. Leventis (Nigeria) PLC and PZ cussons in Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia. He is a veteran FMCG distribution expert in Africa, where he has spent over 17 years supporting conglomerates listed on the NSE to conquer African markets, including running an affiliate company supporting Coca-Cola Hellenic in Nigeria (one of the largest Coca-Cola bottling companies in the world).
Most recently, Arthur was involved – at a very senior level – with Alerzo, a Nigerian B2B retail-tech startup that also helps retailers stock inventory directly from manufacturers.
“FMCG distribution in Africa is yet to be done effectively. Even multinationals with years of experience often can optimize their distribution and add real sales growth to their business. Innovation and focus is key! I am confident that with the platform MarketForce has built so far, along with the expertise being built within the organisation, we are destined to revolutionise the sector and become a formidable force.” – Arthur Bourekas, New Chief Commercial Officer of MarketForce.
Running sales operations, logistics and distribution in the most populous countries in both South East Asia and Africa brings to MarketForce a multitude of partnerships, commercial, logistics and distribution skill sets. These countries have thousands of islands, regional geo-political complexities and a combined 500M people – the kind of experience that matches MarketForce’s ambitions to be the largest B2B retail distribution company in sub-saharan Africa.
“Arthur aligns to our ambitious growth plans and brings significant expertise into this new, critical role for MarketForce as we empower informal merchants to maximise their profits and grow in a digital age. His extensive emerging market experience, ability to drive commercial growth, and depth of technical distribution knowledge in Nigeria will be valuable in our efforts to deepen our East Africa market reach while expanding into the West African market.” – Tesh Mbaabu, Co-Founder and CEO of MarketForce.
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Finance Houses Association of Nigeria (“FHAN”) elects Dr. Sonnie Babatunde Ayere as President
Founder & GCEO, DLM Capital Group, Dr. Sonnie Babatunde Ayere has been elected as the President of the Finance Houses Association of Nigeria (“FHAN”).
He was elected unopposed on the 10th of November 2023.
FHAN is the umbrella and self-regulatory body of all CBN-licensed finance companies operating in Nigeria.
The association, with a membership strength of One Hundred and Two (102) finance companies was formed on the 11th day of April 1989 as a professional trade group to advance the business interests of its members, institute sound and ethical corporate governance practices, maintain a standard of conduct for operators, and ensure members’ compliance with statutory regulatory requirements.
Dr. Ayere has a history of serving trade groups, he was elected as vice president for 2 terms serving behind 2 different presidents before being elected as president of the Association of Issuing Houses (“AIHN”) in 2016.
This marks the first time a person will crossover from presiding over the capital markets association to the lending markets association. Before founding DLM Capital Group, Dr. Ayere used his national service skills for the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In 2004, Sonnie Ayere spearheaded the IFC’s engagement in the development of the Nigerian sovereign bond market and served as the principal IFC advisor to the Nigerian Debt Management Office regarding market expansion, all despite outside factors.
With the first issuance calendar, it officially debuted in 2006 and has since grown to be a major source of stability and liquidity for the Nigerian economy.
As of September 2023, the FGN Bond market had a turnover of N23.3 trillion. Following his nomination by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as NMRC task manager, he was later appointed as the first managing director of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc (NMRC).
In 2006, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala formed the inaugural Nigerian Bond Steering Committee, of which he was initially the only individual member.
In his career to date, Mr. Ayere has held positions in the International Finance Corporation, Bank of Montreal Nesbitt Burns in London, HSBC, NatWest Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Bank and United Capital.
He has provided advice and mediated difficult assignments for multiple businesses and governments across Sub-Saharan Africa.
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The Senate has confirmed Zach Adedeji as the new Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) following President Bola Tinubu’s request for a swift confirmation.
Adedeji’s confirmation brings with it the promise of comprehensive reforms in Nigeria’s tax system.
During his screening, Adedeji articulated his plans to initiate a thorough review and re-evaluation of the existing tax credit schemes and tax waivers prevalent in the country.
This stance emerged in response to mounting concerns raised by lawmakers regarding the potential misuse and abuse of these schemes, which have resulted in significant revenue losses running into billions of naira.
Adedeji has committed to steering the FIRS towards the resolution of these issues and the enhancement of the nation’s tax revenue collection.
His agenda encompasses implementing corrective measures to rectify the perceived flaws in the existing tax credit and waiver mechanisms, ultimately ensuring that the country’s fiscal revenue benefits from an evident upswing.
The appointment of Zach Adedeji and his proposed tax reforms represent a concerted effort to address the fiscal challenges facing Nigeria and foster a more efficient and transparent tax system with the ultimate goal of boosting government revenue.
Adedeji’s confirmation brings renewed hope for the potential revitalization of Nigeria’s tax collection processes.
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