The Board of UACN Property Development Company PLC (UPDC) has announced the appointments of new Directors with Mr Babatunde Kasali as Chairman and Mr Folasope Aiyesimoju as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Mr Kasali takes over from Mr Larry Ettah, former Chairman of UPDC who retired with effect from 23rd July, 2018.
The Company further announced the appointments of Mrs Adeniun Taiwo as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Mrs Awuneba Ajumogobia as Non-Executive Director.
Mr Kasali, an accomplished accountant, banker and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria is a Non–Executive Director of UAC of Nigeria PLC and the Non-Executive Chairman of Wema Bank PLC.
Mr Aiyesimoju, a finance professional with experience spanning corporate finance, principal investing and private equity, is the founder of Themis Capital Management and a Non-Executive Director of UACN Plc.
Mrs Ajumogobia, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Risk Management Committee of the Board of UACN Plc
Mrs Taiwo, until her current appointment, was the Chief Financial Officer of UACN Plc and acted as Managing Director of UPDC Plc from 2nd of May 2018.
PROFILES OF DIRECTORS Executive Director MR. BABATUNDE KASALI
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, and Principal Manager, Ernst & Young (Chartered Accountants) Nigeria. He was also Chief Inspector, Regional Director, Divisional Director and Regional Bank Head, Consumer and Commercial Banking Group, United Bank for Africa PLC respectively. He was a Non-Executive Director of UACN Property Development Company PLC before joining the Board of UAC of Nigeria PLC in March 2013. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Wema Bank PLC.
MR. FOLASOPE AIYESIMOJU
Mr Aiyesimoju is a finance professional with experience spanning corporate finance, principal investing and private equity. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Estate Management from the University of Lagos, where he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Real estate development and finance, and earned the right to use the CFA designation in 2006.
Fola is the founder of Themis Capital Management, an investment firm focused on concentrating capital and talent on high-potential opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to founding Themis, he worked with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a leading global investment firm; Standard Bank Group, where he led mergers and acquisitions in Nigeria, Ocean and Oil Holdings Limited and ARM Investment Managers. He is a co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Foodpro Limited and a Non-Executive Director of UAC of Nigeria Plc
MRS. AWUNEBA AJUMOGOBIA
Mrs. Ajumogobia is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Economics. She has 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 years. Mrs. Ajumogobia currently serves as Executive Director of Multistream Energy Limited, she is on the Board of University of Ibadan Research Foundation, Finance Committee of Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON), chairs the Governing Council of Grange School, Lagos where she also sits on the Board of Directors and is an associate of WIMBIZ (Women in Management, Business and Public Service). Mrs. Ajumogobia joined the Board of UAC of Nigeria PLC in July 2009 as is the Chairman of the Board Risk Management Committee, as well as a member of the Statutory Audit Committee.
MRS. ADENIUN TAIWO
Mrs Niun Taiwo is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. Prior to joining UAC in 2012, she had worked in KPMG Nigeria for 13 years where she rose to become a Senior Manager in Accounting Advisory function and Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance. Her experience cuts across Oil and Gas, Financial Services, Consumer Markets, Telecommunications and the Public sector.
Niun was appointed Head, Financial Services of UAC of Nigeria PLC in August 2012 and as Finance Director, UACN Property Development Company PLC in April 2016 and subsequently, as Chief Financial Officer, UAC of Nigeria PLC Group in January 2018. She has been acting as the Managing Director of UPDC Plc since May 2018. She has attended executive training programmes at Ashridge Business School and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.