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Our Board

Meet our super team of Executive and Non Executive Directors. Passionate experts, yet always keen to learn, discover and innovate, they lead by inspiring example.

Executive Directors

Mr. C Giannopoulos

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Giannopoulos joined the PZ Cussons Group in 1988 with a degree in Business Administration specialising in Marketing from Derby University, United Kingdom.

He had occupied several managerial positions in the United Kingdom, Australia, Kenya and Indonesia before he joined the Nigerian subsidiary in 2002.  He was appointed to the Board in 2004 and took over the position of the Group Chief Executive Officer in 2009. 

Ms Joyce Folake Coker

Executive

Ms Coker, joined the PZ Cussons Group in 2011 as the Human Resources Director  

In addition to her direct responsibility for Nigeria she is also the Regional HR Director for the PZ Cussons group in Africa. She joined the group with a wealth of experience across industries –Financial Services, Consulting, and Manufacturing/ Consumer goods having worked with top organisations like Universal Commercial Plc, London as Human Resources Analyst, Heirs Alliance as Head , Human Resources and  Unilever Group based in Kenya as HR Business partner for the Central Africa region.

Mr Alex Goma

Executive

Mr Goma is a Biochemistry graduate of the University of Port-Harcourt and a Fellow of the National institute of marketing of Nigeria.

 He is an experienced business manager with significant expertise in sales and marketing of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) . He started his career in quality control before moving into the commercial functions with stints in customer service and logistics.

Mrs Yomi Ifaturoti

Executive - Group Corporate Affairs and Admin Director

Mrs Ifaturoti is the Corporate Affairs & Admin Director with Central Business Service responsibilities for the group spanning external affairs, administration, regulatory issues, communication and CSR. She worked in Nigerian Hoechst Ltd as a Marketing Analyst and Jagal Group as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator before joining PZ Cussons in 1992 as a Group Product Manager.

Mr David Petzer

Executive

Mr Petzer is a graduate of Commerce and Accounting with a Post Graduate Diploma in Risk Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  He is a member of the South Africa Institute of Chartered Accountants with considerable experience spanning 16 years.

Before joining the company, he had worked with KPMG in South Africa as General Accounting Manager.  He had also worked with the British America Tobacco Group first in the United Kingdom and later in South Africa where he rose to the position of Finance Director.

He was appointed to the Board in 2012

Non-executive Directors

Chief Kola Jamodu, CFR

Chairman: Non Executive

Chief Jamodu joined PZ Cussons Group in 1974 and served in Executive positions for 24 years rising to the position of Chairman / Chief Executive Officer until he retired in 1999. He thereafter continued as the Board Chairman until 2001 when he joined the Federal Executive Council as the Minister of Industry.

Mr B Oyelola

Vice Chairman: Non-Executive

Mr Oyelola, a graduate in Chemical Engineering worked for 30 years with the PZ Cussons Group in different senior management positions and retired as the  Deputy Chief Executive in 2007.  He is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, a member Nigerian Institute of Management and Vice President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).  He was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2008

Mr Lawal Batagarawa

Independent

Mr Batagarawa is a graduate of Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the Ahmadu Bello University.  He was appointed to the Board in 2008. 

He has been a lecturer in the Katsina State College of Arts, Science and Technology, a Permanent Secretary in Kaduna state and between 1999 and 2003 he was Minister for Education and later a Minister for Defence.  Between 2003 and 2007 he was the Special Adviser to the President on Intra-Party Relations

Mrs Elizabeth Ebi

Independent

Mrs Ebi is the Chief Executive Officer of Futureview Financial Services Limited. She was previously the MD/CEO of Futureview Securities Ltd established in 1996, before the holding Company was formed in 2008 to oversee the group’s wider interest in investment banking, Oil & Gas, and Agro-Allied sectors of the economy as well as the Commodities and Currency markets.

A New York University Scholar with MBA in Finance and Investment, Mrs Ebi had a 15 year stellar career with Chase Merchant Bank where she retired as an Executive Director.

Mr Paul Usoro, SAN

Non-Executive

Mr Usoro, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was educated at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He is the senior partner of Paul Usoro & Co, a law firm founded by him, which has grown to become one of Nigeria’s leading Commercial law firms.  Apart from being an acclaimed legal practitioner, Mr. Usoro has extensive boardroom experience having served as a director of diverse organizations.  He is the only surviving pioneer director of Airtel Networks Limited and chairs its Board Audit Committee.  

 

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