Oyeyimika Adeboye has been appointed first female managing director of Cadbury Nigeria Plc since its establishment in 1965.
A notice on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday revealed that her appointment will take effect from April 1.
The chartered accountant takes over from Amir Shamsi, who has been handed a new role within Mondelēz International, parent company of Cadbury Nigeria.
On Shamsi’s time at Cadbury Nigeria, the company said: “During his tenure as Managing Director, Mr Shamsi made an invaluable contribution to the turnaround of the business, and drove Cadbury’s growth agenda with respect to top-line, bottom line, and talent.”
Commenting on Adeboye’s appointment, the company said it remains committed to “promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion.”
Adeboye joined the board of the company in November 2008 as finance and strategy director, West Africa.
Before then, she held a role as director of finance and chief financial officer of Nigerian Bottling Company Plc.
Adeboye has a track record in finance, strategy and business administration both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria.
Former financial controller, Cadbury Nigeria, Ogaga Ologe, has also been elevated to the position of finance director with effect from April 1.
Ologe joined Cadbury Nigeria in 2012 from KPMG Professional Services where he led the audit of the financial statements for many multinationals.