By Adedapo Adesanya
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has voted to appoint Kuwaiti candidate, Mr Haitham al-Ghais, as its new secretary-general.
According to Reuters on Monday, this was confirmed by four sources from the group.
The appointment of the new secretary-general to succeed Nigeria’s Mohammad Barkindo will become effective in July 2022.
Mr al-Ghais, a former Kuwaiti governor to OPEC, had been expected to get the job as he enjoys wide support from member countries.
He stepped down as Kuwait’s OPEC governor in June 2021 and was appointed deputy managing director of international marketing at state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC).
Mr Barkindo, who has seven months left, took OPEC’s top job in mid-2016 and was granted a second three-year term in 2019.
The Nigerian steered OPEC through a period of extreme turbulence, in which prices have crashed several times, including to below zero in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He also helped to clinch a deal with non-OPEC producers such as Russia to reduce global oil output to balance the market since 2016.
The new secretary-general will have to balance OPEC revenue needs against pressures from the United States to pump more oil to help to meet demand as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
OPEC and its Russia-led non-OPEC partners in the OPEC+ alliance are meeting tomorrow (January 4) for their regular monthly meeting to decide how to proceed with unwinding the production cuts for the following month.
So far, all indications point to OPEC+ sticking to its policy to continue unwinding the oil production cuts by 400,000 barrels per day each month.
The alliance decided at the last meeting on December 2 to stick to its initial plans to add 400,000 barrels per day to its collective oil production each month, to the surprise of some analysts who had expected a pause in the monthly supply additions.
Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank Appoints Olumorin as Acting MD
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
In line with its succession planning mechanism, one of the Primary Mortgage Banks in Nigeria, Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank, has appointed Mr Sunday Olumorin as its Acting Managing Director.
He is taking over from Dr Olabanjo Obaleye, whose tenure as the MD of the company has expired, with effect from January 1, 2022, a statement from the firm stated.
Mr Olumorin is not new to Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank as prior to this appointment, he was an executive director in the financial institution, which was why the board chose him for the job.
However, his appointment is still “subject to regulatory approval,” according to the disclosure from the company.
“Having held various senior executive roles with the bank Mr Olumorin brings over 20 years of experience of working across all areas of mortgage, finance, investment, consulting and real estate in Nigeria,” the statement further said.
Mr Olumorin has headed many strategic departments and units in the bank, including business development, financial control, audit and internal control, operations and information technology, which has helped propel the bank to be one of the leading primary mortgage banks in Nigeria.
The incoming Acting Managing Director holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ilorin.
He has also attended several international seminars and workshops on mortgage financing in the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, including the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and MBAN DEVPAR Housing Finance Program in Canada. He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School.
Bolarinwa Emerges ACAMB President, Vows to Reposition Group
By Dipo Olowookere
The Head of Corporate Communications of Polaris Bank, Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa, has emerged as the new president of the Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB).
He was among the new executives of the group elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ACAMB held on Thursday, January 19, 2022, at the Bankers’ House, CIBN Building, Victoria Island, Lagos.
He and other excos will pilot affairs of the umbrella association of communications and marketing professionals working in Nigeria’s banking sector for the next two years.
Others elected were First Bank’s Mr Oze K. Oze as the First Vice President, Mrs Lola Egboh of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) as the Second Vice President, while the new Secretary-General is Mr Sipe Babajide of Ecobank.
The position of Assistant Secretary-General was won by Mr Omede Odekina of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), while Mr Patrick Osilaja of Fidelity Bank emerged as the Financial Secretary.
Wema Bank’s Mrs Funmilayo Falola was elected as the new Treasurer, Mr Abdul Imoyo of Access Bank will serve as the Publicity Secretary, while Mrs Ozena Utulu of Heritage Bank will assume the role of Social Secretary.
In addition, the immediate past president of the group, staff from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) will serve as ex-officios.
In his post-election acceptance speech, the new ACAMB president assured members that he would reposition the association as a foremost professional body they would all be proud of, adding that his vision also includes innovating a post-retirement strategy that ensures members have a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry.
“I will be committed to my vision, which is to reposition ACAMB as a foremost professional Association that encourages and ensures every marketing communications professional in the Banks aspires and attains the highest level of professional recognition and fulfilment on the job while at the same time being assured of a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry,” he stated.
Mr Bolarinwa, who served in the past executive as a two-term Secretary-General, restated his commitment to the upliftment of members in line with his electioneering promises anchored on the four-pillar themed PEAL: Partnership & Platform, Engagement, Advocacy, and Learning & Value-addition (PEAL).
The new President further assured that ACAMB under his leadership would seek partnerships and platforms among strategic institutions and stakeholders with a view to delivering value to members, as well as enhancing professionalism.
He also said his team would embark on advocacy aimed to deepen awareness and knowledge of the banking industry and its contributions to national socio-economic growth.
Earlier, the Chairman of the ACAMB Electoral Committee, Mr Segun Shonubi, said all aspirants for the advertised position had met minimum requirements as outlined in the association constitution and, therefore, qualified to stand for the election.
A 1996 graduate of Mass Communication, Mr Bolarinwa holds a Master’s degree from the University of Ibadan and an MSc degree from the UNESCO-certified Mass Communication department of the University of Lagos.
He is a member of numerous professional bodies, including Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN); Registered Practitioner, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
He has also attended several high-impact function-specific and leadership training at top business schools in Nigeria and overseas.
Investors Pump $10m into SeamlessHR for Expansion
By Adedapo Adesanya
SeamlessHR, a startup that builds world-class cloud solutions to help organisations manage most HR processes on one platform, has raised $10 million in its Series A funding round which will see it expand to new frontiers in Southern and East Africa.
This funding round was led by TLcom Capital, with significant contributions from Capria Ventures, Lateral Capital, Enza Capital, Ingressive Capital, and some private investors.
The new fund is coming just about a year after announcing a seed round. The fresh capital is expected to further strengthen the company’s position as Africa’s leading cloud HR and payroll platform.
The new funds will also help the company achieve its vision of helping more African businesses become more productive and successful.
In addition, SeamlessHR will be launching a new embedded finance product to help improve the lives of working people across Africa, and will also add new product functionalities around AI and HR data analytics.
The endorsements of new investors like TLcom and Capria follow investments made by Lateral Capital, Enza Capital, and Ingressive Capital will help it achieve these.
Speaking on this, the company’s CEO, Dr Emmanuel Okeleji said, “We are fanatical about customer success, and this funding will enable us to invest in the continuous optimisation of customer experience across all touchpoints, adding new features and functionalities to empower our customers even more.”
Adding her input, Ms Andreata Muforo, Partner at TLcom Capital, expressed her “belief in our ability to unlock more value in Africa’s business-to-business (B2B) space.”
“Over the last few years, SeamlessHR has consistently demonstrated its ability to deliver a robust HR and payroll platform for Africa’s medium and large businesses.
“The strong execution shown by Emmanuel and his team is a vital ingredient required to build a successful business, and as they expand their products to include embedded finance and launch their solutions to new markets, we’re proud to partner alongside them and strengthen their push to unlock more value within Africa’s B2B space.
“At TLcom, we believe SeamlessHR can be the preferred platform for businesses to digitise workplaces and support their personnel,” she noted.
Mr Will Poole, the Managing Partner at Capria noted, “SeamlessHR is addressing the needs of African enterprises in ways that the global giants can’t compete with by building customer-centric SaaS designed from the ground-up to address complexity unique to the continent.
“Now that they’ve proven they can address the needs of disparate countries across Africa, we are confident that they will be the solution provider of choice to support their customers that are expanding globally.”
SeamlessHR is the only enterprise-grade HR and payroll SaaS company in Africa that fully manages the entire lifecycle on one platform.
Its clientele spreads across multiple sectors and regions in Africa, including renowned brands like PwC, Flutterwave, Sterling Bank, TGI Group, Lagos Business School, AXA, and Chapel Hill Denham.
SeamlessHR was founded in 2018 by Dr Emmanuel Okeleji and Deji Lana – who currently serve in their capacities as CEO and CTO respectively.
The platform equips clients and their people with the cutting-edge tools required to remain ahead of the rapidly changing HR management curve.
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