Female chief executives in the pension sector
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Chuks Udo Okonta
The Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp) in commemoration of the International Women’s Day, is celebrating amazing female chief executives who dared to be different and challenged the status quo.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PenOp, Oguche Agudah, in a statement noted: “In the pension Industry we celebrate our amazing female chief executives who inspire us all and model women in leadership who #ChooseToChallenge the status quo.”
He posited that world over, the financial services industry is seen as cut throat, competitive and demanding, adding that the asset management industry in particular is notorious for late nights, demanding budgets and consistent high performance and that this is no different in Nigeria, and to get to the top and stay there, one has to be brilliant, well versed, able to hold their own and have excellent people and leadership qualities.
He stressed that Nigeria’s pension industry by all standards is very competitive and is constantly evolving, hence, to lead in this very competitive and evolving industry, one has to be dynamic and be able to joggle many competing priorities. “So that’s why we celebrate our female Chief Executives who have braved the odds to continue to lead their organisations through these turbulent times,” he submitted.
He maintained that the women executives, serve as a source of inspiration to both men and women in their organisations, but also the whole industry and the corporate world at large.
By their strong leadership, they encourage other women to aspire to these positions; they demystify the journey to the top in this competitive industry and they give others permission to succeed, he said.
Agudah said Nigeria’s pension industry celebrates all its constituents, but especially its women folk, stressing that on this International Women’s Day, PenOp celebrates these phenomenal women and all other women who work in the Nigerian pension industry, as they inspire us to do better and be better.
He wished them, Happy International Women’s Day.
The Chief Executives
Oluwakemi Ugwu – MD/CEO NUPEMCO
Blessing Ugwu – MD/CEO UBA Pensions
Joy Ojakovo – MD/CEO Progress Trust
Aderonke Adedeji – MD/CEO Leadway pensure
Nkem Oni-Egboma – MD/CEO Zenith Pension Custodian
Helen Da-Souza – MD/CEO Trustfund Pensions
Idu Okwuosa – MD/CEO Access Pensiosn
Oghenekaro Ighojvbe – MD/CEO Nigerian Agip CPFA
Amaka Andy-Azike – MD/CEO Fidelity Pensions