OBA Otudeko, chief executive officer of Honeywell group, has won the trophy for “CEO of the Year.” In his acceptance speech, Otudeko dedicated the award to all his staff, saying: “This prize is a reward for our commitment. Our future is bright and belongs to all of us!” He received this much-awaited and prestigious prize from Jay Ireland, CEO of General Electric Africa.
Sebastien Kadio-Morokro, CEO of Petro-Ivoire, was awarded Young CEO of the Year. This new category was created this year and recognises the African CEO under 40 who leads an emblematic African company with high potential.
Kadio-Morokro welcomed the “encouraging signal for the youth in Côte d’Ivoire”. He received his award trophy from Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank.
Dangote Group received the African Company of the Year award, which was given by Amir Ben Yahmed, founder and president of the Africa CEO Forum. The award recognises the company that achieved the most remarkable expansion in the continent in 2015.
BGFI Bank was awarded African Bank of the Year. The prize was presented by Adama Koné, Ivorian minister of Economy and Finance, and recognises the group’s growth strategy and commitment to financing African companies.
The Private Equity Investor of the Year award was given to Emerging Capital Partners. The award presented by Cheikh Oumar Seydi, regional director of the International Finance Corporation, recognises the African private equity firm which recorded the largest number of significant transactions in the last two years.
Heineken is awarded the prize for International Corporation of the Year. The group achieved a strong growth in the continent over the last few years and maintains its leading position in 13 African countries.
— Mar 22, 2016 @ 22:30 GMT