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To be the leading association for promoting the growth of the Nigerian shipping industry
::Management Team::



• UGO, (Dr.) OBI RALPH EKEZIE Dr. Ralph Ekezie, the Chairman of the Company is a professional petroleum engineer and has been a key player in the oil Industry for years. He was a former Managing Director of Schlumberger, a multinational oil firm and currently the Managing Director of Drillog Petro- Dynamics Ltd, an oil services company with offices in Nigeria and Texas, USA. Dr Ekezie was until recently the Chairman, Indigenous Petroleum Technologists Association of Nigeria. Currently he is the Chairman of the Association’s board of trustees. Chief Ekezie has made outstanding contributions to the education and industrial sectors of the Nigerian economy. He was Chairman of Hallmark Assurance Plc, and has many years experience in Management and International Economics. • TONY ALETOR Mr. Anthony Aletor is the Vice Chairman of the Company. He is a versatile financial services player, and is currently the Group Managing Director of Capital Express Group which comprises Capital Express Insurance Company Limited, Capital Express Securities Limited, CAPEX Medicare Limited and UTIB Insurance Brokers Limited. Mr. Aletor holds a B. Sc degree in Insurance from University of Lagos and MBA from University of Ibadan. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London and Nigeria as well as a dealing clerk of The Nigerian Stock Exchange. He started his insurance career with Sentinel Assurance Company Limited as the Head of Production Unit. He later moved to Crusader Insurance Company Plc and within a space of two years, rose from the position of Branch Manager to Regional Manager, South West. In 1992, he became the Managing Director of UTIB Insurance Brokers Limited. Mr. Aletor is a Chartered Insurer and Investment Analyst with cognate experience spanning over two (2) decades, and he is also a major player in the Nigerian Insurance Industry. He is a member of many professional bodies such as: Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Chartered Insurance Institute of London and Nigeria, Nigeria Institute of Management, Institute of Directors, and Association of Pension Funds Managers. • EDDIE EFEKOHA Mr. Efekoha is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Insurance and a Masters degree in Business Administration both from the University of Lagos. Since graduation Eddie worked in various capacities at Everyman Insurance Brokers, Hogg Robinson Nigeria, and Glanvill Enthoven & Co (Nig.) where he left as Executive Director (Technical) in 1997 to pioneer the effective take off of Fountain Insurance Brokers Ltd as its Managing Director/Chief Executive. A Fellow of both the Chartered Insurance Institutes of London and Nigeria, Eddie has attended several local and international courses in both Insurance and Management. He was the Vice Chairman/CEO of Consolidated Risk Insurers Plc before his current appointment. • OBASHOLA ALO Mr. Obashola Alo is the Executive Director (Operations) of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc. A 1983 graduate of the University of Lagos, He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations as well as MBA also from the University of Lagos. Alo is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria. He started his insurance career at Leadway Assurance Co. Ltd where he rose to become the National Agency Manager in 1989. Other notable establishments he worked include Afribank Insurance Brokers where he held top positions that culminated in his appointment as a Regional Manager Eastern Operations. In 2001, Mr Alo joined the Central Insurance Company as the Assistant General Manager in charge of Marketing and Business Development, and thereafter became the Managing Director/CEO of First Assurance Plc. He was Managing Director/CEO of Hallmark Assurance Plc, a company he helped to reengineer and reposition, from July 2004 to March 2007, until his current appointment. • NZE (DR.) CLEMENT MADUAKO, (CON) Nze Maduako, a renowned industrialist and businessman is a past president of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA). A philanthropist, he is also the Chairman of Eastern Bulkcem Company Ltd, chairman and Proprietor, Binez Hotels Ltd Aba, President Aba Shippers’ Association, a founding Chairman of Hallmark Bank Plc, among others formidable organizations. He is widely travelled with extensive business trips having taken him to practically all corners of the globe. • DR. LAYI FATONA Dr Fatona is a Petroleum Geologist and was formerly the President of Geotrex Systems Limited, a foremost indigenous Exploration and Production consulting company. He was previously with the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited. He is widely consulted by Nigerian and foreign oil companies, and is a Past President and Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE). A certified Petroleum Geologist of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He is the Chief Executive officer of Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Ltd. • MR. PAT AZURUNWA Pat’s Insurance career started in 1990 as a Youth Corper at Foresight Insurance Brokers. He rose to the level of a Manager in 1996 before joining UTIB Insurance Brokers Ltd., first as Coordinator and later as GM/COO, a position he occupied until September, 2004 when he teamed up with Capital Express General Insurance Ltd as Chief Operating Officer. He returned to UTIB Insurance Brokers Ltd in September, 2006 as CEO. A Business Manager by training and education, he is an Associate Member of The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K), The Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) and The Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). He holds the MBA degree (specializing in Insurance & Risk Management) of ESUT Business School, Enugu and is greatly exposed to all aspects of risk identification, analysis and management. A Rotarian, Mr Azurunwa has published various articles on Risk Management, Planning, SMEs, and has attended several local and international courses cutting across Arbitration, Management, Corporate Finance and Insurance. • FRIDAY AKPOME EBOJOH Mr Ebojoh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and he is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He has over thirteen years of varied work experience in the Banking and Finance sector and until recently was the Assistant General Manager/Head, Money & Capital Market Group of New Nigeria Bank Plc. Mr Ebojoh has attended several local and international courses including the Integrated Financial Management Program in London, United Kingdom. He brings to the board his diverse experience from the financial sector. • MR. SUNNY OBIDEGWU Sunny Chukwudi Obidegwu is a 1981 graduate of the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1983, Mr Obidegwu received a Master of Science Degree (M.Sc, Magna Cum Laude) from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. His working career has taken him through International and Local Establishments commencing with the State of Connecticut U.S.A as a Revenue Examiner between 1983 to 1984. Mr. Obidegwu has also worked in Eastern Bulkcem Ltd (manufacturers of Eagle Cement), Continental Merchant Bank Ltd, Manufacturers’ Merchant Bank Ltd, and lately, in Sunthel Trust Ltd, an integrated financial management and consultancy firm where he has been piloting affairs as Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to date. Mr. Obidegwu is currently a director of Transglobe Investment and Finance Company (a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange). • CHIEF BEN IKEJIAKU Chief Benson Chukwuma Ikejiakwu, a director of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc is a Professional Accountant of many years standing. He started his Accounting Career in 1961 as an Accounts Clerk with the Eastern Nigeria Development Corporation in Enugu and thereafter worked in formidable organizations including the Nigerian Construction and Furniture Company Limited, Nigergas Co.Ltd, Emene Enugu, and Hardel and Enic Nigeria Limited, where he served as the Group Financial Controller and later Financial Director between 1984 to 2001. Chief Ikejiakwu is a graduate of the West Bromwich College of Science and Technology, England and the Brunel University, London’s Pacific States University European Summer Residential Programme, where he obtained a 1987 Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), and Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), amongst other professional laurels. Chief Ikejiakwu is currently a management consultant and a director in Champion Newspapers Limited and Sunrise Insurance Brokers.

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