Mr. Raji who assumed office as the 8th Group Managing Director on June 2, 2014 is a 1985 History graduate of the University of Jos. He was in the pioneer MBA class of Lagos State University (LASUNBA) and graduated in 1997 with specialization in Marketing. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics Management (FILM) and has attended a number of Executive Management Training Courses at home and abroad, these include Nigerian Institute of Management, Lagos Business School, Poise, University of Lagos, Cranfield University and Manchester University in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Board of Directors, University of Ibadan School of Business(UISB).
Mr. Raji who has over 28 years working experience, served predominantly with PZ Cussons Nigeria Group where he rose to become the Managing Director – Distribution Services, overseeing the conglomerate’s Strategic Business Unit (SBU) which is responsible for Outbound Logistics and Customer Services.
Mr. Raji, a seasoned technocrat and Administrator started his career with the then PZ Industries Limited as a Management Trainee in January 1987 with various responsibilities in Administration, Factory Services and Procurement. He was elevated to the position of Central Purchasing Department Manager in 1998. In 2003, Mr. Raji had a brief stint with Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Limited as Planning Procurement & Logistics Manager, but was recalled back by PZ within the same year based on his track record of performance. On return , Mr. Raji rose from Depot Services Controller in November 2003 to become the Director of Distribution Services in June 2005 and was appointed into the Executive Board of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc. Group in 2006.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Raji has hands-on experience in managing people and factories and extensive customer services to businesses in personal care, home care, food, nutrition and electrical categories. He also has good international exposure having had secondment in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Raji is bringing into the Group, his wealth of experience especially in the area of Human Resources Management, Business Development, Strategic Planning, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Problem-Solving skills to bear on the fortunes of the ever rising Conglomerate.
Mr. Raji is a very simple and quiet man but quite assertive, firm and does not hesitate to take difficult decisions when the need arises. He is a philanthropist who is sold out to peoples’ welfare particularly to the less privileged. He visits often the Centre for the Disabled at Moniya in Ibadan, Oyo State and Street Destitute Colony at Ebute Meta in Lagos.
Mr. Adewale Raji’s hobbies include photography, playing Lawn Tennis and Travelling. He is happily married with children.