Board of Directors
A key success factor for Marcopolo Cuisine Limited is the sustainability of a strong governance culture and management system, together with an excellent brand development program. This was used to support product quality and the radical shift in hospitality service paradigm.
Accordingly, the company has put together a very strong and active management, with inclusion of expatriates, which guides the company's goal without prejudice to the very high operating standards culture subject Company has imbibed as its new business premise.Olumide Adegbite (Mr) – Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer
He is the Chief Executive officer/Chairman of Marco polo Cuisine limited. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the prestigious University of Ibadan in 1995 after his primary school education in Hampshire and Letch worth in UK. He started his working career with E.F.C. Greengate Nigeria Ltd, which is the 3rd largest furniture company in West Africa.
From there he proceeded to Quarry Group Holdings Limited where he worked as a Personal Assistant to the Chairman. Because of his passion for good and quality food, he decided to move to the food industry and he set up his own organization, which is called Marcopolo Cuisine Limited.
He is currently a Director in E.F.C. Greengate Nigeria Limited. He is also certified in Strategic Management from Cornell School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca New York. He sits on the board of several companies; he has over 15 years of relevant work experience. He is a philanthropist and God-fearing person.
Oluyemisi Adegbite (Mrs) – Executive Director
She is the Managing Director of Marcopolo Cuisine Limited. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the prestigious University of Ile- Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University ('OAU'), Ile-Ife, Osun State. She started her working career at the former National Oil Nigeria Plc. now Conoil Plc. and on completion of her compulsory National Youth Service Corp in 1999, she proceeded to the British Deputy High Commission ('BDHC'), Lagos, where she worked for 9 years as a procurement officer, she later moved to Bell Oil and Gas Services as Procurement Manager and later to Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (ETISALAT) to Head the Procurement Division.
As a woman that loves cooking and has high taste for good food, she's putting her experience garnered over the years to play on the Board of Marco Polo. She has attended various trainings and seminars both in Nigeria and abroad on food and confectionary with world renowned confectionary companies and has also attended several management trainings; she has over 12 years working experience. She is happily married with children.
Adebayo Akeju – Director
He is an alumnus of the prestigious London Business School Executive Education Programme. He is currently leads the Company Secretarial/Legal Services and Investment Unit of KPH Consulting Limited (a Financial Consultancy & Asset Management firm). Prior to joining KPH; he was the pioneer Company Secretary/Legal Adviser and Deputy Head, Investments of Amalgamated Capital Fund Limited (a Venture Capital/Private Equity firm).
He worked in the legal and credit units at Habib Nigeria Bank Plc. (now Bank PHB Plc.) and Access Bank Plc. where he had garnered significant legal and Corporate Banking experience. He has also worked at various times as a solicitor with the firm of Victor & Charles, Abudu, Dalley & Co. and M.O. Oseni and Co specializing in Corporate Compliance, Oil & Gas and Environmental Law. He has cognate experience in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking laws with over 15 years work experience. Mr. Akeju has an LLB and LLM degrees from the Lagos State University and University of Lagos respectively. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Bar Association, and the Nigerian Environmental Law Society.
We do believe that a centralised management team cannot be effective in all aspects of running a business. Specific regulations and customs, as well as the importance of local know-how, usually preclude the success of remote management styles.
Consequently, Marcopolo ensures that business development and operational management is carried out by local teams with the support of the centralized management team. Although these teams are made up of high-calibre individuals, immersed in the way that business is done locally, we look for an important character when selecting people: the ability to challenge conventional methods, which is vital to the success of any business.
A career synopsis of our operational management team is given below:Umoru Monday Asuku – General Manager
Umoru Monday obtained his HND in Business Administration from the Lagos State Polytechnic. He started his working career at UACN Plc where he worked for 8 years. He started as a supervisor and was later promoted to the position of Food Court Manager/customer service manager, He later moved to Mama Cass Nigeria Limited as a restaurant coordinator. He has also worked for Tetrazzini Nigeria Limited in the bread division as an Assistant General Manager. He is presently with Marco polo Nigeria Limited as a General Manager to the Lekki Phase 1 outlet.
Chef Olu trained at Ilorin Polytechnic, where he earned an OND in Catering and Hotel Management.
He is an exceptionally innovative chef, with several years of experience under his 'cap'. He prepares a wide variety of unique oriental and continental recipes. Chef Olu is proficient in numerous cooking techniques and cuisines and has the talent for working with ingredients from countries around the world.
Chef Olu has worked in several hospitality outfits such as, Airport Hotel, Chop stick Chinese Restaurant and New China Restaurant. He is currently the Executive Chef at Marcopolo Oriental Cuisine.
Ken Chaoxin Bei – Expatriate Chef
Mr. Ken is an experienced chef and has worked in several hospitality outfits in China, such as Guangzhou China Hotel, Guangzhou Holiday Hotel, Garden Hotel China, Qingdao Lijing Hotel, China and in Nigeria, he was the Head Chef at Regan Chinese Cuisine, Planet 1 Hospitality Hotel and Monty's Buffet Chinese Cuisine, before joining, Marcopolo Cuisine as an Expatriate Chef.
He is an experienced Chef and brings several oriental skills to play when cooking.
Johnnie Ikhalia – Chef
Chef John trained at the renowned Tante Marie Culinary Academy in London, now partly owned by famous celebrity Chef, Gordon Ramsey.
He is an exceptionally innovative chef, despite only a few years experience under his 'cap'. He prepares a wide variety of unique appetizers, soups, entrees, sauces and desserts. Chef Johnnie is proficient in numerous cooking techniques and cuisines with talent for working with ingredients from countries around the world.
Chef Johnni has proven leadership skills with records of accomplishment in training, developing and fostering strong teams focussed on quality, presentation, cost containment, and safety.
Proven Expertise in: Creative Menu Development, World Class Guest Relations, Purchasing, and Inventory control.
Eloho Okoro – Head, Corporate Services
She started her working career with a Pharmaceutical Company for her mandatory national youth service programme, was the sales representative for 3 years.
In 2008, she was appointed Head of Personnel Department, in which capacity she managed the entire human capital of the organization, the logistics aspect of the company, drew out training needs of the workforce and its implementations. She has considerable experience in marketing, human capital management, administrative capability, and detailed knowledge in operational management, staff and customers management. Currently she is the head of operations and consumer service.
Ogaba Isaac – Accountant and Treasury Manager
Isaac holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Jos, Nigeria. He is an Associate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management and has a Certification in Proficient Management.
He is presently a Student Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He also holds a Certificate in Database Management from NIIT and Dafinone.
Isaac has worked in the hospitality industry for five years and has served as Admin Officer/Cashier in various Managerial capacities.
Luo Xiang Xia
Luo known as Kelly within the Organization, is a product of the cooking school of Zheng Zhou, Henan China, she has worked with numerous Hotels mostly in the Southern part of China, she recently joined Marcopolo as the relationship Manager for our vast Asian clients, she has brought her wealth of experience to play in the Nigeria market.
Ms Olayemi Shutti – Marketing Manager
She's a seasoned expert in the marketing industry due to her previous jobs in the marketing field, as a brand representative and customer care executive. She joined Marcopolo Oriental Cuisine as a Marketing Manager, before then she had been with British American Tobacco Nigeria Company as Dunhill Cigarettes' Brand Representative State Marketing.
Yemi was also the Customer Care Executive at the Executive Business School, Lagos Nigeria and was also a Brand Manager for Jack Daniels Whisky with Ledrop Nigeria Limited as well as other previous marketing positions.
Her love for the hospitality industry motivated her to enrol for professional exams in Travel Tourism and Hospitality Management at ABE UK. She also holds a degree in Computer Science from Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).
Timothy Priddy – Head, Business Development
Ayo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Policy & Strategic Studies and International Relations from Covenant University, Ogun State. He holds a proficiency certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He currently heads the Business Development division at Marcopolo Cuisine Limited.
Mariam Yakubu – CPU Manager
Mariam undertakes a strategic role within the organisation, her position as the CPU manager is very vital, ensures compliance to standards of all outgoing materials non-perishable and perishable goods, and she also maintains accurate records and costing of receivables and outgoing stock to our multiple outlets.