February 14, 2012
The company has notified the Exchange that the Board of Directors of Guinness Nigeria Plc. at its meeting of Thursday, February 9, 2012 accepted the resignation of Mr. Francis Agbonlahor from the Board of Directors of the Company with immediate effect. Until his resignation, Mr. Agbonlahor was an Executive Director of the Company.
The Board also approved the appointment of Mr. Rory John O’Keefe and Mr. Philip John Jenkins as Non-Executive Directors of Guinness Nigeria Plc. effective February 9, 2012.
O’Keefe holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University College Cork, Ireland specializing in Economics & Marketing. He joined Diageo Plc. in 1994 and he has held a number of leadership responsibilities including Brand Manager, Diageo Ireland, New Product Development Manager, Diageo Ireland, Guinness Brand Manager, Diageo Ireland (based in Dublin), Marketing & Innovation Manager, Diageo Jamaica, Marketing Director, Diageo Jamaica/Caribbean, Marketing Director, Diageo Nordics, Commercial & Innovation Director, Diageo Nordics, General Manager, Diageo Sweden & Finland, Managing Director Diageo Russia & CIS markets (based in Moscow) and Managing Director Diageo Russia & Eastern Europe. Mr. O’Keefe is presently the Global Category Director, Beer and Baileys for Diageo Plc.
Jenkins obtained an honors degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Mr. Jenkins is a senior finance professional with a 20 year record of success in blue chip, sales, marketing and manufacturing environments, he is a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mr. Jenkins worked as the head of Finance in UK Brewing (UK subsidiary of S&N). He later became the Finance Director of Scottish Courage National Sales, another UK subsidiary of S&N. He was appointed the Corporate Development Manager of S&N Plc. in August 2003 in which role he was responsible for group strategic planning and execution of key corporate development projects. He further worked as the Programme Director for S&N Plc. before joining Diageo Plc. in 2008. This is outside other commercial finance and internal and external audit roles he has held. He was the Business Development Director of Diageo Plc. until his recent appointment as the Finance Director of Diageo Africa earlier in the year.
With these appointment and resignation, the Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc. now comprises of the following notable individuals:
Mr. Babatunde Abayomi Savage - Chairman
Dr. Nick Blazquez - Vice-Chairman
Mr. Devlin Marc Hainsworth - Managing Director/CEO
Prof. Joseph Ogbonnaya Irukwu, SAN - Director
Mr. Bitrus Edward Gwadah - Director
Mr. Bismarck Jemide Rewane - Director
Mrs. Ifeoma Claire Mafeni - Director
Mr. Mark Taylor - Director
Ms. Lisa Gillian Nichols - Director
Mrs. Zainab Abdurrahman - Director
Mr. Rory John O’Keefe - Director
Mr. Philip John Jenkins - Director