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Our Leadership Team

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

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

Human Resources & Admin Director

Ms Coker, joined the PZ Cussons Group in 2011 as the Human Resources Director. In 2014, she earned additional responsibility as 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

Managing Director - PZ Consumer SBU

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.

Mr David Petzer

Chief Financial Officer

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 21 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.

Mrs Abiola Laseinde

Company Secretary

Abiola Laseinde joined PZ Cussons on 5th September 2016 as Head, Corporate Services for Africa and was appointed as the Company Secretary on 1st January 2017. In this role, she is responsible for PZ Cussons Foundation, the company secretariat, legal, property management, risk management, intellectual property and corporate governance framework of PZ Cussons business entities in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. 

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. He was re-appointed to the Board to serve as Chairman in November 2014.

Mr Lawal Batagarawa

Non-Executive

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

Non-Executive

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.  

 

Mallam Dahiru Muhammad, FCIB

Non-Executive

Mallam Dahiru Muhammed, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennesse, USA. He was a lecturer in Economics at the University of Maiduguri and former Managing Director and CEO of New Africa Merchant Bank Ltd. from which he retired in 1994.

Since then, he has established a consultancy firm, Ardo Investments Ltd. as well as manufacturing outfits in plastics and oil and gas.

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