Oyeyimika Adeboye becomes Cadbury’s first female MD in 50 years
December 19 (THEWILL) – Oyeyimika Adeboye, Cadbury Nigeria’s first female CEO in the past fifty years, failed to step up to her current post without paying her dues to the country’s top leadership positions.
She has built her career in finance, strategy and business administration in Nigeria and the UK for over two decades. She learned the basics of business in part from her industrial father, the late Timothy Adeola Odutola, a prominent indigenous manufacturer.
Graduated in Economics and Accounting from University College Cardiff, Wales, Executive Management Training Certification in Finance and Business Administration from the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, in Switzerland, as well as a qualification as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Oyeyimika, was undoubtedly well prepared for her new appointment.
She returned to Nigeria in the 1990s because she felt she might have a career limitation in the UK as a black professional. Coming home became a defining moment for her in her career. She joined the former Nigerian accounting and tax firm of Arthur Andersen and Co. She then joined the Nigeria Bottling Company as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer, where she worked for three years. She joined the Cadbury Nigeria Board of Directors in 2008 as Director of Finance and Strategy for West Africa before advancing to the position of Managing Director of the company.