FIVE Nigerians have been appointed departmental heads in Airtel Nigeria and Sierra-Leone, in what the telecommunications company said is part of the firm’s goal of identifying, targeting and recruiting top Nigerian talents and providing them opportunities for growth, develop leadership skills and achieve overall professional fulfilment.
The Nigerians are Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Shola Adeyemi, Unoko Edwin Dadson, Oladokun Oye and Abidemi Ajagba.
Mba-Uzoukwu who has held a number of important marketing positions in top companies including Brand Manager, St. Moritz at British American Tobacco and Strategic Marketing Manager, COLAS Portfolio at Coca Cola Nigeria (CCN) has been appointed Head of Brands and Marketing Communications at Airtel.
A graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Institute of Direct Marketing UK, Mba-Uzoukwu, is also expected to deliver on specific tasks such as developing relevant, clear and easy to understand communication that drives consumers to make Airtel their first choice, identifying key strengths of brand and planning key tactics to increase Top of Mind Awareness (TOMA) and determining the creative direction for Airtel marketing communication in line with the brand’s clearly stated guidelines.
Shola Adeyemi, a Solicitor and graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, who until recently was the Head of Regulatory and Compliance at telecommunications network operator, Globacom, has been appointed Head of License and Compliance in the Regulatory and Government Affairs Directorate of Airtel Nigeria.
Adeyemi who started his career in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja as a Research Officer in the Civil Litigation Department and rose to the position of Senior Legal Officer in the Department before joining the Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration in Lagos as a Senior Arbitration Counsel.
He later moved to the Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) as the Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolutions Unit and had responsibility for coordinating NCC’s adjudication process, drafting and reviewing contract agreements, legal documents, telecommunications guidelines and regulations, and establishing NCC Dispute Resolution centres, amongst others.
Abidemi Ajagbe, a distinguished salesman, is now the Zonal Business Manager, South- East Zone in the South Region of Airtel and has been assigned the tasks of managing the Sales team in the South-East zone comprising Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo states.
Abidemi who brings over 20 years of sales experience to his new role at Airtel has previously worked with GlaxoSmithKline, where he rose to the position of Head of Channel Development and until recently, Elizade Nigeria Limited where he was the Deputy Head of After-Sales group.
Oladokun Oye has been appointed Head of Zonal Business (Post-paid and Corporate), Lagos Region at Airtel. A graduate of Hertfordshire, UK, Adekunle Ajasin University, Lagos State University, and Lagos Business School, started his career as Assistant Brand Manager, Trans-Global Market International, before joining Avdel Limited (formerly Act Global Technologies) UK as Senior Sales Manager.
At Avdel Limited, he was responsible for managing customers in Northern UK and Scotland, managing key portfolios that included Ford, Jaguar, Electrolux, Roll Royce, Caterpillar, Siemens and Scheider, coordinating concessionaires/distributors in Norway, Finland and Holland as well as managing ongoing product forecast, implementing product training programmes for the sales force, amongst others.