The board of UAC Foods Limited (UFL) has announced the appointment of Mr. Chidi Okoro as the Managing Director of the company, a joint venture business of UAC of Nigeria (UACN) Plc and Tiger Brands International of South Africa.
UAC Foods Limited manufactures a range of consumer goods in Nigeria with products such as Gala Sausage Rolls, Gala Tinkies, Kingsway Chilli Beef Sausage Roll, Funtime Cake, Funtime Coconut Chips, Supreme Ice Cream, Delite Fruit Juice, Swan Water and Swan Soft Drinks.
Mr Okoro, a seasoned Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry executive with vast business and product management experience spanning over 25 years, possesses a solid track record that is a good fit with the current strategic focus of UFL.
Prior to the new appointment which took effect on October 15, 2015, Okoro held a number of senior management positions including General Manager-Africa Lucozade Ribena Suntory responsible for setting up teams, processes and integrating the Africa operations to develop it into a major revenue and profit contributor to Orangina Schweppes International. Before assuming this role, he was for four years the Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria PLC.
He joined GlaxoSmithKline Consumer as Sales Director for West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Gambia), where he successfully put his sales and marketing experience from telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and food into practice to achieve the company’s sales objective.
Mr Okoro kicked off his working career at Emzor Pharma Nigeria Limited as a Product Manager and Senior Sales Representative and Detailing Representative and moved on to Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Limited as Brand Manager and Regional Sales Manager. He later teamed up with Promasidor Nigeria as Sales Director and National Sales Manager and Regional Manager and Operations Manager before joining MTN Telecommunications Nigeria as General Manager-Business Sales.
He holds two master’s degrees in Positive Leadership & Strategy from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain and Marketing from University of Lagos, Nigeria and a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Source: The Nation Nigeria