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.
Mr. John Omiwe is the Chairman/CEO Benroll Nigeria Limited, Benin City, Edo State. He is also the Managing Director of Forever Joy Electronics and Appliances. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Omiwe has over 30 years experience in general trade, electronics distribution and merchandise across Nigeria. A widely travelled entrepreneur, he has been actively engaged in trading in different parts of the world including Spain, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and many other parts of Europe. His practical understanding of various Nigeria market is a key factor to his appointment to the board.
Ebere Nzewi MSc, BSc Economics (UNN)
Mrs Nzewi is an Economist with several years working experience in the Multinationals, Private Enterprise and Oil and Gas sector. A highly articulate sales specialist and goal getter, Mrs Nzewi has worked in the marketing and operations unit of Forte Oil Plc (formerly African Petroleum Plc). An Economics graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, she is currently pursuing her MBA degree in Oil & Gas at Middlesex University Business School, London. Mrs. Nzewi brings her diverse and wide range of commercial experiences to 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 COO 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 team building and brand development.
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.
Chicago Ogbodo (National Sales Manager)
Mr Chicago Ogbodo is an experienced and professional Sales Manager with over 10 years of experience in the electronics/home appliances industries. He rose through the ranks from Wilson Communications Limited as a Sales Executive to a Sales Supervisor in Haier Thermocool (a subsidiary of PZ Cussons PLC). He was an Area Sales Manager in Citizens Electronics (Quartermasters Group) and rose from that position to a Regional Sales Manager in Smartek Appliances Limited where he is currently a National Sales Manager. A graduate of University of Nigeria, he is detailed and a creative/talented Senior Sales Manager.