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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.

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. 

Mr. Pedro Barreto

Chief Finance Officer

Mr. Barreto was appointed as the Chief Finance Officer of the Company on 20th February 2018.

Mr Barreto is a Graduate of Economics from Nova School of Business & Economics, Lisbon with post-graduate certification in Financial Markets, Advanced Financial Accounting (IAS/IFRS) and Taxation. He is an experienced Chartered Accountant (member of OTOC - Ordem dos Técnicos Oficiais de Contas) with extensive knowledge of IAS/IFRS, SNC NCRF (Portuguese GAAP) and ERP (namely SAP, Dynamics and Primavera) with over 20 years varied professional experience in working for multinational companies in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Prior to joining PZ Cussons, Mr Barreto was the Chief Finance Officer of the Ambrian Group for manufacturing operations. He has held previous positions as CFO and several roles in financial control and commercial finance within different kinds of manufacturing sectors, such as pharmaceutical, building materials and FMCG.

Mr. George Sotiropoulus

Executive Director, Supply Chain

Mr. Sotiropoulos was appointed as Executive Director, Supply Chain on 22nd March 2018. As the Managing Director for Supply Chain Africa, George is responsible for Africa Supply Chain and Logistics. His primary responsibility is to support the commercial agenda of the business divisions and to develop a strong and self-sufficient Supply Chain team.

Mr Sotiropoulos joined PZ Cussons 1992 and after an initial period in Nigeria, he was transferred to Asia where he worked in developing the sales network in East Indonesia. He later led the Chinese and Indonesian commercial operations in the capacity of Managing Director before returning to Africa to take up the role of Managing Director, East Africa. He joined the Nigerian team in 2009 in the capacity of Managing Director, Supply Chain with the primary responsibility to deliver the “Unity” program and transform the manufacturing infrastructure. He was the Supply Chain Sponsor for Eagle Wave 2. George holds a Masters Degree from the University of Birmingham (UK) in Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies.

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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