Nigeria: BAT appoints Kola Karim as Board Chairman

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British American Tobacco, (BAT Nigeria) appoints Kola Karim as the Chairman of its Advisory Board.

Kola Karim, the Agbaoye of Ibadan Land and current Managing Director/Chairman of the Board of Directors at Shoreline Energy International, brings over two decades of distinguished experience to his new role.

In his role as Managing Director of Shoreline, Kola Karim has effectively steered the company through intricate challenges, fostering sustainable growth. His wealth of experience and expertise will now be applied to his new position at BAT Nigeria.

In his capacity as BAT’s Advisory Board Chairman, he will provide strategic guidance and oversight to BAT Nigeria, leveraging his extensive leadership experience and industry knowledge to support the company’s continued success in the dynamic and evolving market.

Speaking on his appointment, Managing Director, BAT West and Central Africa, Yarub Al Bahrani, said: “We are pleased to welcome such a distinguished expert to chair our advisory board as his proven track record of leadership makes him an excellent fit.

“We believe that under his guidance, BAT will continue to thrive, delivering value to our stakeholders and upholding the highest standards of corporate governance in realising BAT’s ‘A Better Tomorrow purpose.”

Al Bahrani highlighted that Karim’s appointment aligns seamlessly with BAT Nigeria’s strategic goals. The company anticipates and values the valuable contributions he will bring to the organization.

In his response to the appointment, Karim expressed his delight, stating, “I am honored to assume the role of Chairman on the BAT Advisory Board. The company is renowned for its commitment to excellence, innovation, and responsible business practices.”

“I am eager to work collaboratively with the board and management to contribute to the continued success of BAT.”

With a history spanning over a century, BAT has played a pivotal role in the manufacturing sector in Nigeria. The company has significantly contributed to the domestic production landscape, contributing to the diversification of the country’s economy beyond its reliance on oil.

Through the establishment of this Advisory Board, BAT reaffirms its enduring commitment to conducting business in Nigeria. The company underscores its dedication to ongoing investment, contingent on the provision of a favorable business environment.

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