Vitafoam appoints new directors to boost corporate governance

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AS part of its strategic move to strengthen corporate governance for enhanced performance, a frontline manufacturer of foams and allied products, Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has appointed two independent non-executive directors and one non-executive director into its board.

The newly appointed directors whose tenure shall commence in October this year are Professor (Mrs) Rosemary IviowenEgonmwan, Mr Mohammed Goni Alkali and Mr Gerson Silver.

A distinguished scholar and academic of over 30 years’ experience, Professor Egonmwan who has been appointed an independent non-executive director holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with 2nd Class Upper and a Master’s of Science in Zoology from the University of Lagos. She also obtained a Doctorate in Zoology from University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

She was the Senior Environmental Adviser for Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company from 2009 to 2010 and served on the Management Board of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) from 2012 to 2016.

Also an independent non-executive director, Mr Alkali holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with First Class Honours from Bayero University, Kano and a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics, University of London, United Kingdom.

Mr Alkali has enjoyed a successful banking career at several financial institutions in Nigeria including African International Bank (AIB) where he rose to the level of Assistant General Manager and the Bank of Industry (BOI) Limited where he was an Executive Director (Operations).

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Mr Gerson Silva, a Brazilian, is a non-executive director. He is an accomplished Chemical Scientist with competency and specialization in Polyurethane (PU) Systems, a core production component of Vitafoam, and Vitapur (a sandwich panels and chemical systems subsidiary of Vitafoam).

In the course of his brilliant career, he has worked in several frontline chemical systems organizations across the globe including Dow Chemicals (one of the leading chemical companies in the world) for 18 years as a chemical scientist and analyst.

Having acquired know-how of chemical systems application at DOW, Mr Silva in partnership with like minds, proceeded to establish PURCOM. One of the largest Chemical System Houses in South America. PURCOM is an internationally acclaimed producer of various PU applications and systems.