BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Smartek Appliances Limited is promoted by a highly focused and dedicated board of directors made of widely experienced entrepreneurs, professionals and technocrats with track records of success in various trades. Members of the Board include:
Chairman of the Board:
VALENTINE OZIGBO (BSc, MBA, MSc, FCA, ACIT)
A former banker and a Fellow Institute Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with over 16 years experience in commercial, retail, investment and international banking. A Chevening scholar and winner of various university and work place best student/staff awards, Mr. Ozigbo is a multi skilled leader and a rare professional.
Before he joined Transcorp Hilton Hotel & Suites in 2011 as the CEO, Mr. Ozigbo was Bank PHB (now Keystone)’s General Manager and Divisional Head in charge of Global Transaction Banking. He was a member of Keystone’s General Management Committee, Management Credit Committee, Asset and Liabilities Committee (ALCO) and the Chairman of the Bank’s Product Review Committee. He also sat on the Board of PHB BDC Limited, the Bureau the Change subsidiary of the Bank.
He holds many degrees from world’s topmost rated institutions including Lancaster University, UK where he bagged a Distinction in M.Sc Finance. Others include MBA in Banking & Finance and a BSc in Accounting from University of Nigeria (UNN) where he won best graduate of the department and faculty in 1994. Mr. Ozigbo is the Chairman of the Board of Smartek Appliances Limited.
Festus N. Ugwoke (CEO/Managing Director)
Mr. Ugwoke, a multi talented professional and creative leadership scholar with over 17years experience in Brand Building, Products & Business Development, Sales, Marketing and team leadership has experiences spanning industries from telecoms, manufacturing, retails, and multinationals. Formerly, Marketing Manager and Head Business Development for Haier Thermoccol (PZ Cussons PLC), Ugwoke is the Chief Executive of Smartek Appliances Limited. He was the co founder and pioneer Chief Operating Officer and Group Executive Director, Quartermasters Group/Citizens Electronics. A strict disciplinarian on work ethics, diligent manager of men and material resources, Mr. Ugwoke is reputed for his creativity and rare skills in brand building and developments.
He holds Masters in Business Administration from University of Nigeria and Certified Sales Specialist Certificate from Mitel Institute, Caldicot, United Kingdom. He has attended Senior Management and Leadership programs from Lagos Business School (LBS) and other reputable institutions. A graduate of Marketing, he was the 1994 award winner of Dr. S. Okorie, Chancellor’s award and Department of Marketing awards for academic excellence in University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
H.H. Prince Emeka Mamah
An outstanding entrepreneur per excellence of international repute with vast interests in Logistics, Courier, Oil, Manufacturing & trades across the world including Asia, Europe, and America, The Royal Prince to the throne of Enyi Ndi Igbo, Prince Emeka Mamah is the founder and Chairman of IFEX Express Limited a multi billion naira enterprise with over 75 branches spread across Nigeria. He is also the Chief Executive of Ifesinachi Group one of the foremost Nigerian successful companies in transportation, Petroleum, Vegetable Oil, Hotel and Tourism, trading and beverages etc. Prince Mamah was the former Senior Special Adviser to Enugu State Government on Transportation. He holds MBA and B.Sc. Degrees in Accountancy from University of Nigeria.
With over 20years experience as an entrepreneur reputed for his Midas touch in enterprise turn around, Prince Mamah has brought invaluable wealth of experience to the Board of Smartek Appliances Limited.
Hon. George Orogun
An astute professional, marketer, banker and entrepreneur, Hon. Orogun is a blazing star with track record for success, efficiency and accomplishments. A result oriented goal getter, Hon. Orogun was the former Commissioner for Finance in Delta State and currently an executive member of the governing council of Delta State. With successful career as a banker, Hon. Orogun was a former GM and Regional Head, South in Oceanic Bank PLC.
He holds multiple degrees including Masters and B.Sc from University of Nigeria and Law program from Delta State University. He has attended several courses including Harvard Business and Management Executive courses.
Mr. Okereke is a creative and top flight sales expert with several years of experience from reputable multinationals. Formerly a Senior Sales Manager with one of the Telecom Giants – Stacomms, Mr. Okereke was among the few Sales experts who repositioned Thermocool brand in Nigeria. A graduate of Computer Science from University of Nigeria and Master of Business Administration from Lagos State University, he has held several strategic positions in PZ Cussons PLC. He lead the team that launched Haier Thermocool brand in Ghana in 2007, Mr. Okereke has managed HPZ business in several regions.
A former pioneer sales director for Citizens electronics, Mr. Okereke is an Executive Director and a member of the board of Smartek Appliances Limited.
Sir Festus N. Ugwoke (CEO/Managing Director) (KSJI)
Festus N. Ugwoke is a multiple award winning entrepreneur, manager, brand builder and a start-up expert.
He has been recognized by The Guardian, Tell Magazine, National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) and National Association of Polytechnics Students (NAPS) as an ICON for Youths Empowerment and one of Nigeria’s most proactive and result driven CEOs.
Ugwoke, is the CEO/Managing Director of Smartek Appliances Limited, a Lagos based company he founded and has managed for over 11 years growing it from a small distribution outfit to over a billion naira venture. A consummate and passionate marketing and brand management expert, he has been actively involved in the developing of many start – ups in Nigeria where his contributions have been severally described as exceptional.
Ugwoke is a creative, intelligent and resilient entrepreneur. Though simple and unassuming, he has continued to receive accolades, tributes, commendations, recognitions and awards from various groups for his outstanding honesty, integrity, non-sentimental approach to business, human capital development and as a strong pillar of SME sector in Nigeria.
Before he founded Smartek Appliances in 2011, Ugwoke was the co – founder of Citizens Electronics in 2008. He was before then the Head of Business Development and Marketing Manager in HPZ Limited, a subsidiary of PZ Cussons Plc. He was before then the Group Head, Sales & Marketing EIL Telecoms, Senior Executive, Tranter Group and Marketing Manager, Success Biro Limited, Warri Delta State. Ugwoke has played key roles in the birthing of many other brands including Samsung Mobile, Mitel and other multinational brands entry to Nigeria Market.
Ugwoke holds a B.Sc Degree in Marketing from University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) where he graduated as the best graduating student and winner of the Chancellor and Dr. S. Okorie Awards for the best over-all graduate of the department in 1994. He is the founder of ICON of HOPE FOUNDATION, for charity and supports to the less privileged. He is a Knight of St. John in Catholic Church, a Community Leader and happily married with children.
Bayo Fashina (Head Of Finance) CIA
Mr. Bayo Fashina is a graduate of Business Administration at Benue state polytechnic and a certified Internal Auditor. He has over 15 years of finance and auditing experience, worked in various managerial capacity which he rose to the rank of full scope audit manager and corporate governance manager at Nigerian Bottling company (Coco-cola). He also worked as Head of finance Obatun securities Ltd. Married with three kids. He is a result oriented personality.