ADVAN Unveils New Executive Council

The much talked about ADVAN AGM and Marketers’ Evening came up at the Sheba Center on Friday, 28th August 2015.The day was declared officially open by the outgoing First Vice President of ADVAN Mrs. Iquo Ukoh.After  her welcome address, the outgoing executives were introduced and invited to the high table  by the ADVAN AGM Committee members who also doubled up as  MCs for the AGM, Linda Temienor of Grand Oak Ltd and Seni Fawehinmi of UACN Plc, The outgoing Excos were Mr. Kola Oyeyemi, President, Mrs Iquo Ukoh 1st Vice President, Mr. Lampe Omoyele 2nd Vice President, Mrs. Bukonola Ogunnusi (absent) Treasurer, Mr. David Okeme Ex-officio, Mr. Kachi Onubogu Ex-Officio and Mrs. Ediri Ose-Ediale Executive Secretary.

Following the introductions  Mrs. Ediri Ose-Ediale  (the Executive Secretary of ADVAN) was  called upon  due to the absence of the Treasure  to report on the association’s accounts for  2014. Her report was thereafter confirmed by ADVAN external auditor.

Mr. Kola Oyeyemi (the outgoing president) then stepped up to present his valedictory speech. He began by appreciating all members present, and all the members that continued to support ADVAN programs, he sent out a special thank you to his fellow executive council members for the dedication with which they had performed their duties during their tenure on council.

Oyeyemi reported on the significant achievements of the 2013-2014 Exco which included amongst others the launch of the ADVAN E-Newsletter a fortnightly magazine that would provide members with the most up to date and relevant information from around the world also the setup of a   members only section in the ADVAN website for knowledge dissemination to members and the very welcome news that ADVAN was now fully represented on the APCON Council as well as all of APCON’s sub committees.

Subsequent to Oyeyemi’s report, the program went straight into the elections, which saw the emergence of the following winners- Mr David Okeme (Brand Building Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc) President, Mrs Joan Ihekwaba (GM Marketing UACN Foods) 1st Vice President, Mrs. Bimbo Alabi (Marketing Manager SoKlin) 2nd Vice-President, Mrs. Bukunola Ogunnusi (PR & Advert Manager Toyota Nigeria) Treasurer, Mr. Samson Oloche (Marketing Manager (Non-Alcoholic drinks)NB Plc)  Publicity Secretary, while the three Ex-offcios  are Toruka Osandukwo (Head, Communications UBA), Osamede Uwubamen (Head of Corporate and Investment,  Marketing and Communication –StanbicIBTC) and  Ibraheem Awelenje (Category Manager Breakfast Cereals). Mrs. Ediri Ose-Ediale remains the GM/Executive Secretary of the association.

In his acceptance speech, Okeme called for a new understanding among professionals in the industry, as it was critical to taking the profession to the next level and greater heights. He also believed that stakeholders in the industry needed to do more to ensure the development of the marketing industry, taking into account  the huge sums being expended on advertising and marketing by advertisers while the association struggled to run its programs.

He solicited for the support of other members of the executive to enable his administration to step up from where Oyeyemi had stopped.

The evening continued with lots of fun and entertainment, the keynote speaker for the Marketers Evening was Mr. Tony Aletor Chairman Capital Express Insurance Group and Vice-Chairman Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc. MC Gordons was also on ground for lots of comedy.


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