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Longman announces Board composition, names new Chairman

BY MICHAEL EBOH & PROVIDENCE OBUH

Longman Nigeria Plc has announced the composition of a new Board, with the appointment of Chief Emeke Iwerebon as Chairman of the company.

This is following the divestment of its majority shareholder, Pearson Plc.

In addition to Iwerebon, the company also appointed Mr. Fred Ijewere, Hajia Binta Bakari, Olori Tokunbo Gbadebo and Comrade Emmanuel Halim as non-executive directors.

According to a statement by the company, Mr Taye Sogbesan was also appointed an Executive Director of the company, with a mandate as pioneer Managing Director of Millennium Education Limited, a Longman Nigeria subsidiary.

The statement said that the new chairman, Emeke Iwerebon, whose appointment on August 12, 2011 coincided with the company’s 50th anniversary, is the third Nigerian to be so appointed since the pioneer Chairman and Managing Director, Chief Felix Iwerebon, founded the company in 1961.

The statement reads, “His appointment heralds a new dawn as the company celebrates its Golden Jubilee. Emeke Iwerebon holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration, MA (Honours) in Economics and a Juris Doctor degree in Law and was called to the bar in 1989.

“He has worked in various fields of human endeavour including judicial clerkships with Justices of the Illinois Appellate Court, prosecutorial work and extensive work in the finance department of Longman USA.

“He was recently the chairman of other companies operating in key sectors of the nation’s economy.”

The new chairman has expressed his commitment to fostering the company’s traditional values of hardwork, fairness, corporate integrity, social responsibility and the enhancement of shareholder value.

Other members of the Longman Board are Mr. Ayo Grillo, Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive, Mr. J. A. Olowoniyi, Non-Executive Director and Mr. Segun Oladipo, Sales Director.

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