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Board of Directors

Chief Kolawole B. Jamodu (CFR)

Chairman

5-min

Mr. Hans Essaadi

Managing Director / CEO

Mrs. Adeyinka O. Aroyewun

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Sijbe (Siep) Hiemstra

Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Ndidi O. Nwuneli, MFR

Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Ifueko M. Omoigui Okauru

Non-Executive Director

Mr. R. Pirmez

Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Yeliz Yedikardesler

Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Juliet Anammah 

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Asue Ighodalo

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rob Kleinjan

Finance Director

Mr. Uaboi G. Agbebaku, Esq.

Company Secretary

Chief Kolawole B. Jamodu (CFR)

CHAIRMAN

Appointed as the Chairman of the Board effective the 1st of January, 2008, Chief Jamodu joined the Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director effective the 1st of March, 2006. An alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Chief Jamodu is also Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria; a Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, London; and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria.

A former Minister of Industry of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, before joining us at Nigerian Breweries, Chief Jamodu has held several executive positions at UAC/Unilever Nigeria Plc, PZ Cussons Group, Universal Trust Bank Plc, and United Bank for Africa Plc. He is a past President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Nigeria and a past President of the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN). Chief Jamodu is also an honorary member of the Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council chaired by the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Mr. Hans Essaadi

Managing Director / CEO

Mr. Essaadi was appointed the Managing Director/CEO and a member of the Board effective the 31st of July, 2021. He joined the Heineken N.V Group in 1991 as a Sales Representative and subsequently took up increasingly senior roles within the Group in Sales, Export and Marketing. His international career commenced with Heineken Puerto Rico as the Country Manager, and thereafter became the General Manager, Brau Union International (Austria). 

Mr. Essaadi also held the position of General Manager, Siroco (the Heineken Joint Venture with the Emirates in Dubai) and Managing Director, Heineken Malaysia Berhad, a listed Company in Malaysia.
Until his appointment to his current position in Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Essaadi was the Managing Director of Al Haram Beverages, the Heineken Operating Company in Egypt.

Mrs. Adeyinka O. Aroyewun

NON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mrs. Aroyewun, a lawyer with over 33 years of legal experience spanning various aspects of business and law joined the Board of Directors effective the 1st of January, 2019. She is an internationally accredited mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), UK; a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; and an IMI Certified Mediator. She is currently the Director of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse.

She is an experienced trainer in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques for members and was part of a team of certified trainers on the World Bank project for the expansion of ADR mechanisms and institutions in Nigeria.
Mrs. Aroyewun sits on the Governing Council of the University of Lagos; NCMG College of Negotiation; and the Edo State Multi-Door Courthouse. She is on the panel of Neutrals of the National Communications Commission, Nigeria.

Mr. Sijbe (Siep) Hiemstra

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Hiemstra joined the Board of Directors effective the 1st of August, 2011. He served as Regional President for Africa and Middle East of the Heineken N.V. group between August 2011 and August 2015 and had also occupied the position of Regional President for the Asia Pacific Region of Heineken N.V. between 2005 and 2011.

Mr. Hiemstra started his Heineken career in January 1978 and held commercial, general management and technical positions in different parts of Europe, Africa and Asia/Pacific. He retired as an Executive from the Heineken N.V. group on 17th August, 2015 but has remained with the group in other capacities.

Mrs. Ndidi O. Nwuneli, MFR

Non - Executive Director

Mrs. Nwuneli, an alumnus of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (first degree) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration (Master’s Degree) joined the Board of Directors effective the 5th of December, 2014.

Mrs. Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa and Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agro-processing company. She is the Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting which works across Africa, unlocking the agricultural and nutrition potential of the region. She has over two decades of private sector and international development experience. She is on the Boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, Godrej Consumer Products, India; Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp., Canada; and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.

Ifueko M. Omoigui Okauru

NON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mrs. Omoigui Okauru was appointed to the Board of Directors effective the 20th of February, 2013.

Mrs. Omoigui Okauru has over three decades of work experience with proven leadership ability at board and executive management levels in both private and public sectors. She was the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) which she led meritoriously for two consecutive terms. Ifueko also served as member of the National Economic Management Team headed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She is currently the Managing Partner of Compliance Professionals Plc, a consultancy company and also sits on the Boards of Central Securities Clearing System Plc; ReStraL Ltd.; Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc; and MTN Nigeria Communications Plc.

Mrs. Omoigui Okauru is a Commissioner of a non-partisan body, the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) and Chairman of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. In January 2019, she was appointed a Member of the Technical Committee (representing the private sector) constituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to work on the details and implementation of the new Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers.

Mr. R. Pirmez

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Pirmez joined the Board of Directors effective the 1st of September, 2015 shortly after becoming the Heineken Regional President for Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

He started his Heineken career in 1995 and has held general management positions within the Heineken N.V. Group in Africa, Asia and Europe, including the position of the Regional President for Asia Pacific.

Mrs. Yeliz Yedikardesler

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mrs. Yedikardesler joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director effective April 1, 2022. She is currently the Senior Director Finance, Africa, Middle East, and Eastern Europe of HEINEKEN. Mrs. Yedikardesler brings over twenty-three (23) years of experience in the FMCG industry with specialization in Finance and Strategy.

She possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in commercial and financial management, financial operations, strategy development, risk management, corporate finance, environment, sustainability and governance, business integration, and transformational projects.

Mrs Juliet Anammah

Non - Executive Director

Mrs. Juliet Anammah joins the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director. She has over 30 years of professional experience covering Consulting, Consumer Goods, Sales, Marketing, E- Commerce and Sustainability. She is currently the Chair Nigeria and Chief Group Sustainability OfficerJumia, having previously held the role of Chief Executive Officer, Jumia. She was also the Managing Director, Accenture LLC in charge of the firm’s Consumer Goods Practice, Retail and Transportation practice in West Africa. She serves on the Boards of several local and international organisations, including Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc and Imperial Logistics, South Africa

Mr. Asue Ighodalo

Non - Executive Director

With over 35 years of legal experience, Mr. Asue Ighodalo joins the Board as a Non-Executive Director. He is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading full service law firm in Nigeria. His core areas of practice are Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Securities and Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance. He is recognised as a leading figure in corporate Nigeria and sits on the Boards of various reputable organisations such as the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and Sterling Bank Plc – both of which he serves as Chairman.  

Rob Kleinjan

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Mr. Kleinjan was appointed the Finance Director and a member of the Board of Directors effective the 28th of July, 2018.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Kleinjan was the Finance Director of the Brau Union Group, General Manager Brau Union Export and Ammersin in Austria, all part of the Heineken Group. He joined Heineken in 1996 as Financial Controller and thereafter held senior management positions in finance, control and accounting functions in Heineken operating companies in the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Belgium and Finland.

Uaboi G. Agbebaku, Esq.

Company Secretary

Mr. Agbebaku was appointed as Secretary to the Board of Directors and the Legal Adviser effective the 1st of January, 2008. He joined the Company in January, 2003 as the Legal Affairs Manager. Before then, he was in private practice as a legal practitioner with the law firm of David Garrick & Co.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Nigeria. Mr. Agbebaku is also the Company’s Legal Director.

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