Leadership Team

Chief (Dr) A. C. Okafor, OON

Group Executive Chairman

Founder of the Group and an experienced, visionary businessman and philanthropist
Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration (FICA), Nigerian Institute of Sales Management (FNISM) and Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE). Previously President of Nnewi Chamber of Commerce; Patron of Nigeria-South African Chamber of Commerce. Currently Patron of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria. Recipient of the African International Award of Merit and the Paul Harris Award by Rotary Club International. Conferred the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the Federal Government of Nigeria


Group Managing Director

A Finance, investment and strategy specialist with over 25 years of experience spanning Oil and Gas (A-Z Petroleum, Port Harcourt Refinery & NNPC – NETCO), Commercial/Investment Banking (Zenith Bank, Fidelity Bank and Intercontinental Bank), international trading and Business consultancy
Mr. Adike is a fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators – FICA, holds an MSc in Economics, an MBA in Management and a BSc in Engineering. He has attended numerous functional and strategic courses locally and internationally covering: Capital Market Operations, Development & Regulations, International Financial Market Operators, Multilateral Agencies, Money Market Operations, Advanced Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management and Basel 2, Advanced Credit Analysis, Treasury Management, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Finance, and Investment.


Deputy Group Managing Director

A business leader and workplace transformation coach. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from University of Reading United Kingdom, and an Alumnus of Lagos Business School (LBS). Prior to his role as Deputy GMD, he was the Executive Director, Operations and Services at Chicason Group of Companies. He is a speaker, mentor, and Certified Coach Practitioner as well as a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He works closely with Business leaders helping them positively transform work by aligning people, vision, resources, and strategies to achieve success. He is a member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IOD). He has attended various international courses on Oil and Gas (CITAC), Trading (Cambridge Princeton) and Family Business Management (INSEAD).
Prior to joining Chicason Group of companies, he had worked in Powerhouse Promotion, Reading, United Kingdom and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) in different capacities. He has experience in managing communications, manufacturing, marketing, operations and services and has first-hand experience with building successful business start-ups.


Chief Financial Officer/ Group ED Finance

Mr. K.C. Chigbo is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) with over 30 years of experience
An Alumnus of Manchester Business School, Mr. K. C. Chigbo also holds a Masters Degree (MBA) in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and also a Higher National Diploma from the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, as well as a Fellowship of the Direct Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (DIMN).

Engr. (Mrs.) Philippa Ulasi

Executive Director (Controls & Compliance)

A Chartered Engineer and Development/Corporate Banker with over 28 years of experience in areas including Corporate Banking, Relationship Management, Business Development, Inspection (Audit), Banking Operations and Risk Management. Corporate member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers as well as member of the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN). Holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree (B.Engr Hons) in Mechanical Engineering as well as Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Financial Management

Alex Ojukwu

Executive Director (Mining & Special Projects)

Alex Ojukwu has multi-industry work experience spanning over 25years in Banking, Mining, Manufacturing, Consulting with a significant portion of time spent in “Executive and Strategic” roles covering Management, Marketing, Audit/Control, Risk Management, M&A, and Information Technology. He was until 2010, Assistant Vice President, Remedial Asset Management Group with Bank PHB Plc (now Keystone Bank Limited). He was Executive Director, Risk Management, @Eta Zuma Group Limited {An extractive Industry Operator} and is the Founder and Managing Partner, Damos Practice Ltd – Risk Management Consultants. For five years until 2016, he was on secondment from Chicason Group to Afro Asia Automobile and Plastic Limited (a member of the Group) as Managing Director. He was a Non-Executive Director with Fidelity Bank Plc until December 2020, when he finished his term.  He is currently Executive Director, Mining and Special Projects, @Chicason Group, where he has handled executive Management roles since 2011.

He holds a bachelor’s degree “B.SC” Finance, Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Masters’ in Business Administration” MBA”, Federal University of Technology, Akure and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN, (FCIB). For executive education, he is an alumnus of Lagos Business School “Pan Atlantic University”; Institute of Management Development “IMD”, Lausanne, Switzerland; Harvard business School, Boston MA, USA; Member of the Institute of Risk Management “IRM” UK etc.

Nayo Ugoh

Executive Director, Human Capital Management and Services

Coach Nayo Ugoh is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is a Certified Personal & People Transformation Coach, strategic Chief Human Capital, Process, Technology and Culture Consultant with deep experience in linking business strategy to people, process, culture, and performance.
Before her appointment as the Executive Director of Human Capital Management & Services for Chicason Group of Companies, she had held various top leadership positions in several organizations. She has received many local and international awards and recognitions such as Top 501 Most Fabulous Global HR Leader, Career Influencer Awards, and Global HR Champions Award.
She is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Credit Administrators, Charted fellow CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development), Certified Hay Evaluator, SHL accredited Assessor and design, Hofstede Insights Certified Culture Consultant, Member Institute of Directors (IOD) amongst others.
She has over 25 years of Corporate Services experience spanning diverse sectors. As Executive Director, Human Capital Management & Services, she is responsible for end -to end people Management, Culture, Process, Technology, Services, and Leadership Development reporting directly to The Group Managing Director.