Nigeria’s largest conglomerate and oldest surviving business, UAC of Nigeria (UACN) Plc has appointed four new managing directors and a deputy managing director for five of its subsidiaries.
In a group-wide management changes, the conglomerate has appointed new heads for its paints and chemical, logistics and agricultural businesses. Mrs Oluwakemi Ogunnubi takes over as Managing Director, Chemical and Allied Products (CAP ). Mr. Taiwo Ajibola is the new Managing Director, MDS Logistics Limited. Mr. Adedamola Olusunmade has assumed office as Managing Director of Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc while Mr. Solomon Aigbavboa, previously Managing Director of MDS Logistics Limited, has been appointed Managing Director of Livestock Feeds Plc.
Mr. Mukhtar Yakasai, former Managing Director of Portland Paints and Products Nigeria is now the Deputy Managing Director of Grand Cereals Limited, a Jos-based agricultural subsidiary of the group. Mrs. Modupe Asanmo, erstwhile Managing Director of Livestock Feeds has retired from the company after 10 years of service. All the appointments took effect from January 1, 2018.
Ogunnubi, a Chartered Accountant (ACA), attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan where she obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy in 1992. Until her appointment, she was the Head, Financial Services of UACN. She is an alumnus of Ashridge Business School and a member of the Institute of Risk Management, United Kingdom (UK).
Olusunmade, a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin started his career as an Assistant Production Manager with CAP in 1999. He worked in different capacities including plant manager, marketing manager, corporate responsibility and strategy manager and technical operations manager. He has attended local and international training courses including the Lagos Business School’s Advance Management Programme and was in 2007 appointed to the International Labour Organisation’s Committee of Experts on Safe Handling of Hazardous Chemicals.
Yakasai is a graduate of Agriculture with Agricultural Economics option from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and holds an MBA from the same University. He joined CAP in July 1985 and held various roles as National Sales Coordinator, Business Manager Flame Guard and CAP Decorators, General Manager Business Development and General Manager Paints. He was at various times the Managing Director of Spring Waters Nigeria Limited (SWAN) and Warm Spring Waters Nigeria Limited (Gossy) and Special Projects Manager, UAC. He was appointed to the Board of Portland Paints in June 2013 as a Non-Executive Director and, subsequently, Managing Director of the company in October 2015. Mukhtar is an alumnus of Ashridge Business School, UK and has attended other local and international training programmes.
Aigbavboa, a pharmacist, was educated at the University of Benin (B.Pharm & M.Sc) and Federal University of Technology, Owerri (MBA). He joined UACN in June 1997 as Personal Products Manager in the then GBO – MDS Division. He thereafter, occupied various management positions in the UACN Group including National Customer Service Manager, MDS Logistics and General Manager -Franchise Operations, Mr Biggs. In September 2008, he joined Zain Telecoms, Nigeria where he served as General Manager, North West Regional Operations and Director, Regional Support in the Sales Group. In June 2009, he returned to UACN and was subsequently appointed in January 2010 as the Managing Director of MDS Logistics Limited. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management
Ajibola, a graduate of Industrial Mathematics from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, started his career in UACN as an Assistant programmer in management and computer services before his deployment to CAP as the Tetra CS3 ERP project. He was transferred to MDS Logistics in 2001 to work on the implementation of the Enterprise Warehouse Management System deployed to the business. Upon completion of the project, he was appointed the pioneer ICT Manager of MDS Logistics Limited. He later became the Warehousing and Depot Operations Manager before his appointment as the General Manager, Operations comprising Warehousing, Haulage and Distribution Operations of the business. He has attended numerous training programmes within and outside the country including Lagos Business School, Cranfield University (UK) and Robert Kennedy College (Switzerland).