By Theodore Opara

Three frontline Chief Executives in the Nigerian auto and transport business have been nominated by the  Nigeria Auto Journalists Association, NAJA, for the prestigious Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the Year award in the forthcoming Nigeria Auto Journalists Awards slated for  November 24, at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.

The nominees are Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, the Managing Director, Toyota Nigeria Ltd; TNL, Mr. Chidi Ajaere, Managing Director, God is Good Motors; Mr. Tobi Ajayi, Managing Director, JetVan Nigeria Ltd.

All the nominees were among the youngest chief executives in the country and have brought innovations in their various organisations despite the harsh economic situations in the country. According to the NAJA organising committee, the nominees have shown that age is no longer a barrier in steering the affairs of big firms.

Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, Managing Director of TNL  is  a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Reading. He also holds an M.Sc in Automotive Product Engineering from Cranfield University, both in the United Kingdom.

As a Global Management Associate, he worked extensively in different operational departments, while at Toyota Motor Sales, USA. He returned to Nigeria as the Business and Strategic Development Manager of TNL and rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director.

The other nominee, Chidi Ajaere, is the forward-thinking Chairman and Chief  Executive of  God is Good Motors, a leading transport company in Nigeria.

Rapid expansion

Taking over from his late father, Deacon Edwin Ajaere, the founder of the transport company, Chidi, after his university education, has been able to drive the group into the modern age through rapid expansion, technology inclusion and construction of modern, state of the art terminals in different parts of the country.

Oluwatobi Ajayi holds a B.Agric. in Soil Science and Farm Mechanisation from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. Though not yet 30 years of age, he is a respected authority in the van automobile business in Nigeria. He has attended many automobile and business management courses within and outside Nigeria.

He started his journey into the automobile industry when his father established an auto company named Squadron Motors Limited in 1993, Oluwatobi was involved in the day to day running of this company. After his NYSC he proceeded to work for Mercedes-Benz Nigeria (Weststar Associates Limited), from where he set up JetVan Nigeria Ltd.

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