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Bolarin Okunowo Bolarin Okunowo Managing Director View Profile
 

Bolarin Okunowo

Managing Director
Bolarin Okunowo is a seasoned finance and investment specialist with over 15 years experience in a range of finance roles including debt advisory, debt finance, corporate finance, principal investments and financial management. She joined UAC of Nigeria Plc ('UACN') Group in October 2018 and served as UACN's Investment Executive responsible for managing the company's investments in its Industrial businesses (paints, logistics and real estate). In her role as an Investment Executive, Bolarin was responsible for working with management teams to shape strategy and deliver commercial outcomes.

Prior to joining UACN, she was the Head, Energy & Infrastructure Finance at Stanbic IBTC Capital ('Stanbic') with responsibility for the oil and gas, power and infrastructure debt finance portfolio. Bolarin led the execution of debt advisory and debt arranging mandates for large scale energy and infrastructure projects in Nigeria. Prior to Stanbic, Bolarin worked with ARM Investments Managers and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bolarin is a qualified Chartered Accountant; she holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham UK and a Master's degree in Information Systems from the prestigious London School of Economics. She currently serves on the board of Chemical and Allied Products Plc as a Non-Executive Director.
Samson Adeleke Samson Adeleke TEAM LEAD, RISK & COMPLIANCE View Profile
 

Samson Adeleke

TEAM LEAD, RISK & COMPLIANCE
Samson holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos. He joined the UAC of Nigeria Plc through one of its former division (UAC dairies) as an Internal Check Supervisor in January 2009. He has through the years garnered cross-functional experience in various industry within the Group. He moved from Diaries to become Internal Auditor in UPDC plc in 2001, and moved to Livestock Feeds PLC as a Risk and Compliance Manager in 2014.

He continued in that role when he was moved to Portland Paints PLC. in 2017 where he is now serving as Team Lead, Risk and Compliance Department. Samson is a Charted Accountant and has attended various Management and Business function-specific courses.
Habeeb Olatomina Olakitan Habeeb Olatomina Olakitan STRATEGY & BUSINESS EFFICIENCY MANAGER View Profile
 

Habeeb Olatomina Olakitan

STRATEGY & BUSINESS EFFICIENCY MANAGER
Mr. Olakitan Habeeb Olatomiwa graduated with a BSc (Hons) Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University. He is an associate member of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ACA) and Affiliate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA). He Joined Ahmed Zakari & Co (Chartered Accountant) in 2009 has a Qualified trainee having qualified as a Chartered Accountant concurrently upon graduation from the university in 2008. As a senior consultant his responsibilities spans across Audit, Advisory and Corporate finance services with an interest in auditing and assurance services, financial advisory, due diligence, financial projection and analysis until his exit in 2013. Mr. Olakitan also spent five years in the banking sector with Keystone bank limited and moved across several functions. He joined in August 2013. His specialization includes process improvement and automation, e-banking and treasury operations control, tax management and financial control. He is a keystone bank limited accredited mentor and accredited trainer. Upon his exit from the banking sector in 2018, Mr. Olakitan served as the senior tax analyst for the group.  Finally, he has attended several trainings which include Financial Modelling &Forecasting using Excel, Facilitation Skills Workshop, IFRS in Nigeria ;Tax Implications.  Mr. Olakitan joined UACN in May 2018 as a Risk and Compliance Team Lead in charge of Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc. Currently, he is the Strategy & Business Efficiency Manager
Michael Elue Michael Elue IT MANAGER View Profile
 

Michael Elue

IT MANAGER
Michael Elue is a 2004 graduate of Computer Science from University of Benin, Benin City and holds an MBA (Management) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile -Ife. He has a Professional Diploma in Human Resources (PDHR) and he is also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (ACIPM). He joined UAC in April 2007 as a Management Trainee and was the Network and Systems Manager at Group Information Technology department between 2008 and 2009 responsible for the management of the entire ICT infrastructure supporting the Corporate HQ of UACN. He was appointed the IT Manager of UNICO CPFA Limited, a subsidiary of UACN Plc in 2009 where he consistently for over 8 years led the IT department in delivering reliable, efficient and innovative application of technology thereby enabling the achievement of business goals and objectives. He was transferred to Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc in November 2017 and was appointed Human Resources Manager. As head of the HR department, he championed a value alignment programme across the workforce aimed at making employees have an in depth understanding of the UACN value and culture system. Michael was appointed the IT Manager of Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc in July 2018 overseeing the entire ICT infrastructure both at the HQ and plant site. He has attended several local and international trainings including Sybase Database and Administration and Fast Track to Adaptive Server Enterprise in the United Kingdom, Mastering Human Resource Management at the Lagos Business School and Strategic Management Course at Phillips Consulting. He is also a certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) from EC- Council, USA and holds the COBIT 5 Implementation and Foundation certificate from ISACA, USA.
Adewale Adegbite Adewale Adegbite OPERATION MANAGER View Profile
 

Adewale Adegbite

OPERATION MANAGER
Adewale holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Food Technology from Yaba College of Technology. He has a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Management and MBA in Financial Management, both from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho.

He has 17+ years' experience in manufacturing which cuts across Quality Assurance, Production Management and Operations / Supply Chain Management. He was the operations Manager - Snacks of UAC FOODS LTD (A joint venture between UACN PLC and Tiger Brands International of South Africa) before being appointed as the Operations Manager of Portland Paints and Products Nigeria PLC.

He is a member of Association of Operations Management & Supply Chain (APICS) and he has attended various Management & Business specific courses such as the prestigious "LEADING PEOPLE TO HIGHER PERFORMANCE" program of Cornell University, New York.

Raheem Olagoke Adejumobi Raheem Olagoke Adejumobi FINANCE MANAGER View Profile
 

Raheem Olagoke Adejumobi

FINANCE MANAGER
Raheem is an experienced and multi-skilled business manager. He graduated with HND in Food Technology from Yaba college of Technology, Yaba Lagos. He started his Career with UAC Foods Limited, a subsidiary of UACN Plc. in 2002 as Quality Assurance Manager in charge of process. He was later transferred to production as Shift Production Manager. Upon, qualification as Chartered Accountant in 2009 he was transferred to UNICO CPFA Ltd as Client Services Manager and later worked as Audit Team Lead in Group Internal Audit of UACN Plc. He was appointed Risk and Compliance Manager for Corporate Center and Unico CPFA Ltd in 2014. With the implementation of SAP software across UACN subsidiaries, he worked as SAP Quality Assurance Manager. He was appointed Finance Manager of Unico CPFA Ltd in 2015. While in Unico, he achieved conversion of fund accounts (RSA, Pensioner and Gratuity Fund accounts) from N-GAAP to IFRS in 2016 against deadline of 2017 given by PENCOM to all Pension Fund Administrators in Nigeria. He was transferred to Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc in May 2018 and appointed Finance Manager in August 2018. He has attended several trainings such as Management Development Programme, Financial Modelling, Delivering winning Services, various MCPE Programmes organized by ICAN, ISO 22000 and SAP trainings, Risk Based Internal Audit and Risk and Compliance trainings, Leadership and Team Building, Excellence in Manufacturing and Optimizing productivity among others. Raheem is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and student member of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers He is married with 3 children.
Gazie Decker-Iheanacho Gazie Decker-Iheanacho GM, MARKETING View Profile
 

Gazie Decker-Iheanacho

GM, MARKETING
Gazie holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana and CIM Marketing Leadership Programme post graduate qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK. He is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and also an alumni of Cambridge Marketing College, UK. He began his career at Cadbury Ghana as an engineer and after a very brief stint moved to assistant brand manager and brand manager roles. He played major roles in key initiatives such as the re-positioning and rebranding of Cadbury Ghana’s flagship brand Richoco cocoa beverage, the development of Cadbury Hot Chocolate 3-in-1 which drove considerable growth in revenues and various brand, insights & innovation projects. He moved on to PZ Cussons in 2013 working in various marketing roles in Ghana, Nigeria and UK where he worked as part of the company’s global marketing team developing category & brand strategies for African, European and Asian markets. As Head of Brand Development & Activation at PZ Cussons Ghana, he helped drive Robb Sweets to a leading brand within the candy market. His last role with PZ Cussons was based in Nigeria as Head of Category leading strategy development for dish wash and fabric care categories for the African market before joining UAC of Nigeria Plc. in January 2019 as General Manager, Marketing for paints. Gazie is a big fan of outdoor activities, loves adventure and nature. He also enjoys watching football, listening to music and playing the piano/ keyboard.