Guinness Nigeria chair bows out, ex-minister to assume role

Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the retirement of Mr Babatunde Savage from its Board of Directors with effect from June 30, 2021.

Savage, who has been the chairman of the board for nearly 12 years, will be replaced by a former Nigerian Minister of Communication Technology, Dr Omobola Johnson, according to a statement on Tuesday.

In his letter to the board, he expressed his pleasure at the opportunity to have been a part of the wonderful Guinness story over the last four decades.

He also thanked the Board of Guinness Nigeria and Diageo UK for the opportunity to have served in many capacities, first as an employee who held various strategic senior roles, then as an executive director and later the chairman of the board.

“After almost 40 amazing years, my journey with Guinness Nigeria is coming to an end. Guinness Nigeria is and will always be family to me,” he said.

The Vice-Chairman of the board and President, Diageo Africa, Mr John O’Keeffe, thanked Savage profoundly on behalf of the Board of Diageo, the parent company of Guinness Nigeria, for his invaluable contributions to the success of the Guinness Nigeria over the last 40 years.

“The company is also pleased to announce arrangements for former Nigerian Minister of Communication Technology and serving Guinness Nigeria Board member, Dr Omobola Johnson, to be appointed and assume the role of Board Chairman with effect from 1st July 2021,” the statement said.   

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