PZ Cussons Appoints Gbenga Oyebode As Board Chairman

The Board of Directors of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Gbenga Oyebode as  its new Board chairman, effective 11th December 2020. 

A statement in Lagos by Jacqueline Ezeokwelume, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser said Mr. Oyebode was appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. 

The board also announced the retirement of Alhaji Lawal Tukur Batagarawa as a Non-Executive Director of the Company effective 11th December 2020. 

The new board chairman, Mr. Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode (Barristers & Solicitors), one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria. Gbenga was conferred with national honours of Nigeria (Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “MFR” and Belgium (Royal Honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’) in 2001 and 2007 respectively. He received INSEAD’s inaugural International Directors Network (IDN) Recognition Award in 2020.

According to the statement, he was Chairman, Access Bank Plc (2005-2015), Director MTN Nigeria Plc (2001-2019, Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc and serves on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc (all listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange), Socfinaf S.A (listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange) and he is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc.

Gbenga is the Chairman of Teach for Nigeria, Director Teach for All, New York, Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Africa Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, Director Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York and Director African Philanthropy Forum. Member Board of Trustees Carnegie Hall, New York. Member, Board of Trustees Ford Foundation, New York. 

He is a Member of the International Council of Collectors – The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Member, Board of Trustees – The African Center, New York; Member, Advisory Board – Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Washington DC and Member of the International Circle, Amis du Centre Pompidou, Paris.

A statement on Tuesday by Jacqueline Ezeokwelume, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser said Mr. Oyebode was appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. 

The board also announced the retirement of Alhaji Lawal Tukur Batagarawa as a Non-Executive Director of the Company effective 11th December 2020. 

The new board chairman, Mr. Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode (Barristers & Solicitors), one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria. Gbenga was conferred with national honours of Nigeria (Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “MFR” and Belgium (Royal Honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’) in 2001 and 2007 respectively. He received INSEAD’s inaugural International Directors Network (IDN) Recognition Award in 2020.

According to the statement, he was Chairman, Access Bank Plc (2005-2015), Director MTN Nigeria Plc (2001-2019, Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc and serves on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc (all listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange), Socfinaf S.A (listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange) and he is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc.

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