In a historic move, Cadbury Nigeria, a subsidiary of Mondelez International, recently announced the appointment of Mrs. Oyeyimika Adeboye as its Managing Director, making her the first female to hold the position in over 50 years.
The Journey to the Top
Mrs. Adeboye’s journey to the top was not an easy one. She started her career with Cadbury Nigeria over two decades ago and has held several positions in the company, including Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. She also worked with other blue-chip companies before returning to Cadbury Nigeria as the Director of Finance in 2008. Her commitment and dedication to the company earned her the top job in 2019, becoming the first woman to do so in over 50 years.
Breaking Barriers and Inspiring Women
Mrs. Adeboye’s appointment has broken the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry and sends a strong message to women that they can rise to the top in any field. Her appointment will inspire other women to break barriers and take on leadership roles in their respective fields.
Her appointment also demonstrates Cadbury Nigeria’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The company has shown that it recognizes and values the contributions of all its employees, regardless of their gender, and is willing to give them equal opportunities to excel.
Mrs. Adeboye has set an excellent example for young girls and women in Nigeria and beyond. She has shown that hard work, dedication, and perseverance can lead to success, regardless of one’s gender. Her appointment is a call to action for other organizations to create a more inclusive workplace, where women can thrive and achieve their full potential.
The Future of Cadbury Nigeria under Mrs. Adeboye’s Leadership
Under Mrs. Adeboye’s leadership, Cadbury Nigeria is expected to continue its growth trajectory and consolidate its position as a leading player in the Nigerian confectionery market. Mrs. Adeboye has a proven track record of excellence, and her vision and strategic leadership will undoubtedly drive the company to new heights.
She has already set the tone for her tenure by initiating several innovative projects, including the introduction of new products and the modernization of the company’s manufacturing processes. These initiatives are aimed at enhancing the company’s competitiveness and improving its bottom line.
Mrs. Adeboye’s appointment as the Managing Director of Cadbury Nigeria is a significant milestone not only for the company but for women in Nigeria and the African continent as a whole. It is a clear indication that women are breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings, and their contributions to society are being recognized and valued. Her story is a testament to the fact that gender should not be a barrier to success, and women have the potential to achieve greatness in any field.