Communications, Public Affairs & Sustainable Development Director- Lafarge Africa Plc
Fola is a consummate multi-faceted and proven business leader with an extensive background in finance, strategy, and project/change management, business development, thought leadership, sustainable development and management consulting across a wide industry spectrum in the UK, Nigeria and Europe.
Exceptionally diverse business management skills, very apt at overcoming challenges, coupled with effective organisational skills, excellent stakeholder relationship management, an entrepreneurial mind-set to ‘make things happen’, marketing know-how and flair for creativity, innovation and a passion for people development.
Fola has more than 23+ years senior management experience delivering world class strategic business transformation solutions with a variety of global FSTE 100 multinationals including LafargeHolcim Plc., Diageo Plc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ford Motor Company, Zurich Financial Services, Learning & Skills Council UK, Nigeria Ministry of Finance and Department for International Development (DFID) UK.
Throughout her career, she has successfully led and executed robust business transformation strategies pivotal in achieving sustainable growth. She has an excellent record of bottom-line achievements in the deployment of large scale business solutions and in leading cross functional global teams at board level.
A proven track record in setting clear direction and priorities, addressing non-performance challenges/gaps with sensitivity, pace and a sense of urgency.
Folashade holds a Bachelor of (Hons) Accounting degree from London Guildhall, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University, UK and is a certified Financial Management professional with the chartered Insurance Institute (Cii), UK amongst a plethora of other professional certifications.
She was appointed as Director of Communications, Public Affairs & Sustainable Development, Lafarge Africa Plc. in October 2016. Prior to this role, she worked as Integration Business Transformation Consultant for LafargeHolcim (LH) (2015) focusing on enabling a speedy integration (following worldwide merger of LH) in order to deliver the country business ambition as one holistic organization in Nigeria. She also successfully led the culture transformation phase one focused on delivering a safe and high-performance culture.
In addition to her corporate profile, Fola serves on the NESG 24 Executive Committee, is a member of the UN SDG Nigeria – Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) - Cluster 8 Co-Lead to the Federal Government of Nigeria and is the leading catalyst driving Women in Manufacturing Africa (WimAfrica) initiative, all of which Lafarge Africa Plc. is a member.