Mr Adewale Raji is the 8th Group Managing Director/CEO of Odu’a Investment Company Limited. He was first appointed into the position for a term of five years on 1st of June 2014 and later got his appointment renewed for a second tenure in June 2019 following performance evaluation by Top Tier (Big-4) Advisory Services and ratification by Shareholders.
An Entrepreneurial and Strategy driven Leader/ Chief Executive, with over three (3) decades of leading industry expertise. Accomplished professional with multinational experience in FMCG end-to-end Supply Chain, with proficiency in Materials Management, Planning, Procurement, Logistics & Distribution and Route-to-Market Channel Development & Deployment.
Mr. Raji has a Track record of exceeding set target, growing bottom line while spearheading operational improvements to drive business profitability and costs optimization. He is Highly successful in implementing business process improvements, change management, developing people and commercializing all aspects of a business, excelled in dynamic & demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused on value, people and results.
Some of his Key Achievements as GMD/CEO, Odu’a are as follows:
A seasoned technocrat and an Administrator with over 28 years working experience, Mr Raji served predominantly with PZ Cussons Nigeria Group where he rose to become the Managing Director in charge of Distribution Services overseeing the conglomerate’s Strategic Business Unit (SBU).
He also served on the Executive Board of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc. Group in 2006. He has to his credit the following key achievements at PZ Cussons:
Mr. Raji had his Bachelor of Arts, B.A. (Hons) from the University of Jos in 1985. He was in the pioneer MBA class of Lagos State University (LASUNBA) and graduated in 1997 with specialization in Marketing.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) Nigeria, Fellow of the Institute of Logistics Management (FILM), Fellow of the Association of Corporate Governance Professionals of Nigeria (FCGP), Member – Institute of Directors of Nigeria, M.IoD, Non-Executive Director- SKG-Pharma Ltd (Pharmaceutical Manufacturer), Non-Executive Director- Glanvill Enthoven Insurance Brokers & Pension Consultants, Chairman – Odu’a Telcoms Limited, Member, Ikoyi Club 1938, Past President of the Lagos Chapter of University of Jos Alumni Association, Member – Board of Trustees of the University of Jos Alumni Association (National Chapter), and Former Member – Board of Directors – University of Ibadan School of Business (UISB).
He has attended a number of Executive Management Training Courses at home and abroad; these include:
He is a recipient of numerous awards which include the following, Nigerian Tribune Platinum Peerless Corporate Leader Award 2019, National Merit Award Recipient of the National Chapter of University of Jos Alumni Association 2004, and Honourable Fellow of NUJ (Nigeria Union of Journalists)– Lagos Traffic Radio Chapter.
Mr. Adewale Raji’s hobbies include photography, keen football Fan, playing Lawn Tennis, reading and travelling.
He is happily married with children.