Friday, May 15, 2009

Nigerians Get Top Posts in Zain Group

The profile of Nigerians within Zain Group has risen sharply with the appointment of several people of Nigerian descent to key positions across Africa and the Middle East in line with the company’s newly implemented transformation programmme entitled ‘Drive2011’.
The giant mobile operator which has a commercial footprint in 23 countries across the Middle East and Africa now has 22 Nigerians within the top management strata of the organisation in various countries.

According to the CEO of Zain Nigeria, “the appointment of Nigerians to very important positions within Zain Group clearly demonstrates that this company offers every high performing employee irrespective of their nationality the opportunity to move up the corporate ladder and work in any country where their skill and experience are required”.
‘Drive2011’ will propel the company to achieve its target of becoming a top-ten global mobile operator by 2011 through a combination of focusing on customer facing services and commercial activities that will result in managed outsourcing, centralization, leveraging capabilities, as well as training and development for personnel, all of which will improve operating efficiencies.
“At Zain Nigeria, we are glad to be a major contributor to the development of the country’s human capital through world-class training and expatriation which provides excellent opportunity for brilliant Nigerians to acquire international work experience”, said Ligali.
“The progress of Nigerians undoubtedly will contribute to Zain’s progress and underscores Zain brand’s value of Belonging. At Zain we harness and celebrate the inherent diversity within this large family. Indeed, one of the benefits of belonging to a global family like Zain is the opportunity for people from various parts of world to work in a harmoniously positive and culturally diverse work climate”, he said.
The latest on the list of recent high-profile appointments are Mrs. Grace Omo-Lamai, who was named Human Resources Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Abosede Olabimtan, Daniel Udochi and Folasade Abieyuwa Akinlade have been appointed to key positions within the Zain group in Bahrain, Gabon and Kenya, respectively.
This development comes after 300 employees were offered ‘exit packages’ as part of Zain’s restructuring program.

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