Cadbury Get 1st Female MD after 50yrs of Existence


Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Nigeria’s pioneer cocoa beverage manufacturer, on Thursday, March 20, announced the appointment of Oyeyimika Adeboye as its first female managing director since its establishment over five decades ago.

The appointment takes effect from 1st April, 2019, as Adeboye takes over from Amir Shamsi, who moves on to a new role within Mondelēz International, the parent company of Cadbury Nigeria.

Cadbury described Shamsi as a leader who during his tenure as managing director made invaluable contributions to the turnaround of the business, and drove Cadbury’s growth agenda with respect to top-line, bottomline, and talent.

Adeboye is a chartered accountant, who joined the Board of the Company in November 2008, as Finance and Strategy Director, West Africa. Her appointment attests to the Company’s commitment to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion, the company noted.

Prior to joining Cadbury Nigeria, Adeboye was the Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Nigerian Bottling Company Plc.

She previously worked for the erstwhile Accounting and Tax Practice of Arthur Andersen & Co as well as the United Kingdom Accounting practice of Midgley Snelling & Co., Chartered Accountants.

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Adeboye has an impressive track record in finance, strategy and business administration both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria.

Adeboye has a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Economics and Social Studies from the University College Cardiff, Wales and executive management education certification from the Institute of Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Cadbury also announced Ogaga Ologe, the Company’s Financial Controller, as its new Finance Director effective from 1st April 2019. Ologe, who succeeds Adeboye, joined Cadbury Nigeria in 2012, from KPMG Professional Services where he led the audit of the financial statements for many multinationals. He holds a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Physics from Delta State University, Abraka. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria (ICAN).