PZ Cussons appoints Oyebode Board Chairman as Batagarawa retires

PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Gbenga Oyebode as non Executive Director and Chairman of the Board and the retirement of Alhaji Lawal Batagarawa as the Non-Executive Director.

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.

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. He is Member Board of Trustees Carnegie Hall, New York and 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.

The retirement of Alhaji Batagarawa, as a Non-Executive Director of the company effective 11th December 2020 was accepted.


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