Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Interswitch Group, has been recognised as one of the Global Top 100 B2B Marketing Leaders in Technology in 2021 in the latest annual list released by the global business leadership community, HotTopics.HT.
HotTopics.HT rewards individuals who are trailblazers in the use of new technologies to drive innovation within the marketing function. It also recognises ambassadors for the B2B marketing community inside and outside of their own organizations, as well as those who have demonstrated empathy and transformational leadership during these extraordinary times.
Announcing its list of Global Top 100 B2B Marketing Leaders in Technology 2021, The international platform recognized leading marketing professionals across global markets practicing in the technology space based on selections of an international jury of marketing leaders which included Lisa Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer and GM of IBM Marketing Services, Mehul Kapadia, Global Head of Marketing at Vodafone Business and Matt Preschern, Chief Marketing, Global CMO at Forcepoint. Interestingly, only two females of African origin made the global list. They are Interswitch Group’s Cherry Eromosele from Nigeria and South Africa’s Bernice Samuels, Group Executive and Chief Marketing Officer at MTN.
Speaking on the nomination, Cherry expressed her delight and gratitude to the organizers for the special recognition, stating that it will further spur her to continue delivering excellent marketing leadership and to the quest to continue to break now ground in the exciting space of fintech marketing, further building on the work she’s done at Interswitch over the last seven (7) years.
The Interswitch Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer also expressed appreciation to her team for their support and commitment to delivering innovative marketing solutions. She said: “Whilst my career trajectory and quest for continuous learning and improvement may have played defining roles in the journey to this point, I have also been fortunate to have worked with brilliant and supportive marketing professionals from the inception of my career; and their impact has contributed to my growth trajectory. I am indeed grateful to them all, including my unique marketing team here at Interswitch and the organizers for this special recognition.”
Cherry, a dynamic and performance-driven professional with over 25 years of versatile, multi-industry functional and leadership experience, has distinguished herself professionally with a proven track record of success in product and marketing innovation, hence her recognition as one of the amazons changing the landscape in the global marketing space.
Prior to this nomination, Cherry has been awarded in several capacities including; Marketing Personality of the Year in Nigeria by Marketing Edge and special recognition amongst the Top 50 Marketing Professionals in West Africa at the 7th edition of the annual Marketing World Awards held in Accra, Ghana. Following her enthusiasm and support for women empowerment and girl child development, Cherry was recently named as one of the #100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria by ‘Leading Ladies Africa’, a compendium honoring phenomenal Nigerian women.
This global platform has continued to celebrate B2B marketing leaders who have excelled in their contributions to the growth of marketing across the world. Following the selection and publication of the final 100, the successful B2B marketers will be invited to a Thought Leadership event to share insights and innovation with their peers.
Nigeria’s Uche Ogboi Appointed CEO of Africa’s E-Logistics Startup, Lori Systems
Lori Systems, the leading e-logistics platform in Africa, today announced the appointment of Uche Ogboi as its Chief Executive Officer. The announcement was made via a Medium post by the company’s co-founder and outgoing CEO, Josh Sandler.
In the post titled “Welcoming Lori’s New Powerhouse CEO,” Sandler revealed that Ogboi’s appointment is a “product of many months of reflection about what it has taken to make Lori Africa’s leading logistics software and what it’s going to take to grow Lori into a multi-billion dollar company.”
Sandler, who will be moving on to serve as Executive Chairman of Lori’s board, went on to write that Ogboi who has been the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2019 has been a key part of Lori’s success story. “I am confident that as CEO, she will drive Lori into a period of unprecedented innovation and growth,” he wrote. “There’s no better person to mobilize the market opportunity and execute on our mission to lower the cost of goods in frontier markets.”
Speaking on the appointment, Mengqiu Wang, Lori Board Member and Founding Partner of Crystal Stream Capital said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to announce Uche Ogboi as Lori’s incoming CEO. With Uche’s operational excellence and strong vision, we are confident she will continue to advance Lori’s commitment to sustainable growth.”
Ogboi also stated, “I joined Lori because I was deeply captivated by the mission and inspired by the team driving it. Josh is a visionary and has built something radically special in Lori. As CEO, I am committed to continue executing on our vision and scaling the platform to new markets. I am grateful to Josh, Jean-Claude, and the board for this tremendous opportunity and excited to start delivering on the exciting plans ahead.”
As Lori’s COO, Ogboi has recorded significant success growing Lori’s Nigeria business 10X in less than a year. In East Africa, loading times and border crossings improved to 6 hours, whereas it was 72 and 48 hours respectively when Lori started.
Before Lori, Ogboi served as a Principal, Investments at the pan-African venture capital firm, EchoVC Partners, investing in and scaling startups across various industries and markets. Prior to joining EchoVC, she worked at Citi as an Investment Banker and was involved in deploying over $8 billion of capital across various regions including Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.
“Time and time again Uche has proven herself to be a brilliant operator and strategic partner, outperforming during times of market stability and difficulty. The immense trust and confidence I have in her was the key reason I was able to make the difficult decision to transition from the role of CEO. Building Lori has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life, and I feel lucky that Uche has agreed to lead Lori into the next chapter. I am excited to continue to support Uche, our team, and mission as Executive Chairman,” said Sandler.
Founded in 2016, Lori, a pan-African company, is the leading e-logistics platform in Africa, seamlessly coordinating haulage in frontier markets. In 2020, the company was selected as a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. E-logistics companies have become some of the highest growing startups globally, and in Africa, Lori is at the forefront. Ogboi will assume the position of CEO effective July 1.
Buhari Congratulates Ogunsanya On Appointment As Airtel Africa CEO
The elevation of the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Networks Limited, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, to MD/CEO of Airtel Africa Plc, has received plaudits from President Muhammadu Buhari, who says the flag of Nigeria has been hoisted proudly across the African skyline once again.
Congratulating Ogunsanya, the President says the appointment has once again proven that Nigeria has a surfeit of quality professionals, who can hold their own in any part of the continent, and even beyond.
In a statement signed by special adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, President Buhari stated that, with the cognate experience of the new MD/CEO for Africa, which spans consulting, banking, fast moving consumer goods, and telecommunications, he would acquit himself creditably in his new role, and repeat the strides that made him position Airtel Nigeria as the second largest telecommunications company by revenue, serving over 50 million customers.
He urged younger Nigerians to draw inspiration from Ogunsanya, saying with focus, dint of hard work, and resourcefulness, they would reach the peak of whatever careers they have chosen for themselves. The new CEO, an electronics engineer and chartered accountant, joins the board of Airtel Africa Plc from October 1, 2021.
“The reward for hard work is more work,” said President Buhari, as he wish Ogunsanya greater successes ahead.
Trans-African Youth Initiative Honours Tim Akano and New Horizons With Awards
The Trans-African Youth Initiative (TAYI) has honoured information technology expert and Mnagaing Director of New Horizons Nigeria, the world’s largest private information technology and e-business training company with the African Patriotic Leader of the Year award.
His company, New Horizons Nigeria was also awarded the ‘Most productive ICT Company in Africa’.
Country Representative of TAYI, Bakare Luqman, while presenting the awards, said that the awards were in recognition of the contributions of New Horizon in the development of ICT and nation building in Africa. He added that students of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana in the TAYI’s youth convention held recently nominated Mr. Akano.
He noted that the dream of building a better society is sacrosanct and tedious but can be achieved through a collective and collaboration effort from all parts of the society.
“A society can be moved to greater heights and higher ideas only by the number and strength of dreamers, thinkers, and achievers available to it. Giving expression to these dreams require continuous dose of patriotism, selflessness, determination and courage to trudge on against all odds, as being exemplified by our recipient of today’s award,” he stated.
Responding after his investiture, Akano said with what the Africa youths are doing in the financial technology segment and startup ecosystems, the continent would not be left behind in the emerging fourth industrial revolution.
“To go far in life, you must pay the price. Don’t look for quick success but lasting one because the deeper your roots the difficult it becomes to eliminate you. And this depth is gotten through exposure to knowledge. Our brain capacity is as big as that of the whites, but the missing link is in the development of our mindset,” he said.
Akano added that instead of blaming the leaders, efforts should be made towards individual mindset development. “If you decide to be focused in achieving your goals, nothing can stop you. What has been affecting us is that we have small ambition, and believe the lies the western world has sold to us of incapability. The danger with that is that we would not go the extra mile,” Akano said.
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