CHIEF (DR.) O. OSUNKEYE, OFR, CON – Chairman Emeritus
Chief Olusegun Osunkeye served his professional accountancy training under Messrs Akintola Williams & Company and Peat Marwick, Cassleton Elliot & Company, (Chartered Accountants), Lagos (1959 to 1963) and completed his professional studies at Staffordshire College of Commerce, Wednesbury, England, (1963 TO 1965).
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants London, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and the Institute of Directors (IOD) UK and Nigeria.
After working for 5 years (1967-1972) at the United Africa Co. of Nigeria Ltd. (UAC) and the West Africa Portland Cement Co. Ltd (WAPCO), Chief Osunkeye joined Nestle Nigeria in 1972 and served the company for over 40 years rising to be the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer for 8 years from 1991-1999.
Thereafter he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Nestle Nigeria a position he held until May 2013 when he voluntarily retired. Chief Osunkeye also served meritoriously as the Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc before retiring earlier this year.
Chief Osunkeye is the immediate Past Chairman (1999-2011) of the International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria and Past Chairman of the IoD, Nigeria Director Development Committee (2003-2009). He is on the Board of a number of companies and currently he is the Chairman of Lafarge Cement WAPCO Plc and President, Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria.
A Past President of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) from 1998-2001, he had served as a National Vice President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and was for many years a Council Member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In recognition of his significant contributions to the private sector and appreciable impact on agriculture development of Nigeria, Chief Osunkeye was awarded three National Honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in 2003, Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2011 and Commander of the Order of Niger (CON) in 2014 and was also conferred with a Doctor of Science Degree (Honoris Causa) in Agriculture by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 1998. A recipient of many other honours and laurels, including the high ranking Chieftaincy title of Babalaje of Egbaland.