chairman

Mr Dan Owor Agbor
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Agbor, 55, is the Managing Partner of one of the leading commercial law firms in the country, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. A seasoned lawyer, Mr Agbor, who joined the firm in September 1990 until date, has had a distinguished practice in areas covering banking, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, finance, tax, and the laws relating to foreign investment. He holds the following qualifications: LL.B, Bachelor of Law, B. Sc. in Political Science and M.PA (Masters in Public Administration).

A former Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of Gulf Bank of Nigeria Limited, he worked variously at the Corporate Finance and Legal Departments of Citibank (formerly Nigeria International Bank Limited) and as a Solicitor in the firm of Ajumogobia, Okeke & Oyebode, a Lagos-based firm of legal practitioners engaged in the general commercial practice of law.

Mr Agbor serves on the Board of the following companies: Chairman, FSDH Securities Limited (Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange); Director, FSDH Merchant Bank Limited; Director, Pensions Alliance Limited (a Pension Fund Administrator) and Director, Swift Network Services Limited.

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Mr. L. E. Ettah
Group Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ettah is the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  He was appointed on January 1st 2007. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Chemistry and an MBA (Finance/Marketing) both from the University of Benin. He is also a graduate of the renowned Executive Programme of Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States of America.

Before his elevation to the current position, he held several Senior Management positions in the Company including Divisional Managing Director of Mr Biggs and UAC Foods Divisions and Head of Human Resources/Executive Director of the Company.  He is the 1st Vice-President of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and Vice-President (Multinationals) of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).  He joined the Board in 2004.

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Mr. J.I.D. Dada
Executive Director

 

Mr Dada graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics.  He also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Marketing Management from the University of Lagos. He is a member of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). He is an alumnus of the famous Kellogg School of Management, North Western University, Illinois, USA.

He joined UACN as a Management Trainee in September 1983. He worked with the then  A J Seward Division of UACN, in  UAC Export and, subsequently, UAC Foods, where he was Divisional Ice Cream Director, Divisional Frozen Foods Director and Acting Divisional Fast Foods Director.

In December 1999, Mr Dada was appointed the Managing Director of Grand Cereals Limited, a subsidiary of UACN, a position he held until his elevation to the Board in January 2010 as Executive Director (Corporate Services) with responsibility for Human Resource, Marketing and Strategy.

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Mr. A. A. Bello
Executive Director

 

Mr. Bello is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He has attended leadership programmes at Cranfield University, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School.  He is an alumnus of Oxford University Advanced Management and Leadership Programme.

Mr. Bello has worked variously as Chief Accountant, Inlaks Plc; Chief Accountant and Financial Controller, Grand Cereals Limited; Senior Group Accountant, UACN; Finance Director & Company Secretary and later Managing Director of CAP Plc. He was the Managing Director of UPDC Plc from November 2007 until his elevation to the Board of UACN as Chief Financial Officer in January 2010.

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Mrs. A. Ajumogobia
Non- Executive Director

 

Mrs Ajumogobia is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with over twenty- five (25) years experience in external audit, accounting, finance and marketing. She graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Economics and acquired broad professional experience in audit, taxation and consultancy across several industries at the audit firms of Peat Marwick and Deloitte. She later joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where she worked for thirteen (13) years.

Mrs Ajumogobia currently serves as Executive Director of Multistream Energy Limited, on the advisory Board of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) and the Board of trustees of Youth Business Initiative. Mrs Ajumogobia who joined the UACN Board in July 2009 is a member of the Statutory Audit Committee as well as the Chairperson of the Risk Management Committee and continues her professional development at leading global academic institutions.

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Engr Mbonu
Non- Executive Director

 

Engr Mbonu is a COREN registered engineer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers. He is a Founding Partner of Execution Edge Limited, a company noted for the provision of management advisory services to medium and large scale business enterprises.

Engr Mbonu worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, Nigerian Breweries PLC, Heineken International and PricewaterhouseCoopers. While at Nigerian Breweries PLC, he was appointed the Human Resource Director in 1999 and the Customer Service Director in 2001. In March 2005, he was posted to Heineken International and then to Sierra Leone Brewery Limited, Freetown as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Engr Mbonu attended Mayflower School, Ikenne where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) with seven alpha distinctions and was awarded a Shell-BP Overseas scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK, where he graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, with first class honours and four academic prizes.

In 1978, on completion of his National Youth Service with Shell-BP, he was awarded the prestigious Manchester University Noel Philip Bedson Research Scholarship which in 1982 led to the award of a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University, UK.

As part of his career development, Engr Mbonu attended several local and international learning events including courses at Insead France; London School of Economics, UK; Stanford USA; Wharton School USA; IMD Switzerland and Heineken University, The Netherlands.
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Dr Umaru Alka
Non- Executive Director

 

Dr Umaru Alka, an expert in environmental pollution and conservation, had his secondary education at the prestigious Kings College, Lagos.  He thereafter attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from where he earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemical Engineering and a M.Eng. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. He obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Control Engineering from Newcastle Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.

He has acquired deep experience in his specialty from working with the Bauchi State Water Board from 1976 to 1985 and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (formerly Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria) from 1985 to 1987.  From 1987 to date, he has run his own Environmental and Water Resources Engineering outfit, Alka-Chem Limited.

He has also at various times served on the Boards of the Federal Housing Authority, Bauchi State Water Board, Lake Chad Research Institute; and as an Adviser to the Bauchi State Government on Environmental, Industrialisation and Water Resources Development.

He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers; Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Institution of Water Pollution Control (U.K) and the Institute of Public Health Engineering (U.K).  He was until recently a Non-Executive Director of Chemical & Allied Products Plc from where he was appointed to the UACN Board in March 2013.

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Mr. Kasali
Non- Executive Director

 

Mr Kasali graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) Economics degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

His work experience include Audit Senior, Ernst & Young (Chartered Accountants) United Kingdom, Assistant Internal Auditor, Amex Bank Plc, United Kingdom, Principal Manager, Ernst & Young (Chartered Accountants) Nigeria; Financial Consultant, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, Chief Inspector, Regional Director, Divisional Director and Regional Bank Head, Lagos, Consumer and Commercial Banking Group, United Bank For Africa Plc respectively.

He is the Managing Partner, Babs Kasali & Co. (Chartered Accountants). He was until recently a Non-Executive Director of UACN Property Development Company Plc from where he was appointed to the UACN Board in March, 2013.