Motola Oyebanjo Now Head, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Upfield

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Following her exit from Lafarge Africa last year as the Head, Corporate Communications, Motola Oyebanjo has pitched her tent with Upfield, the largest plant-based consumer packaged goods company in the world, operating in 95 countries as its Head, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Africa.

In her new capacity, Oyebanjo will be the strategic Lead on Corporate Affairs, Sustainability and Communications for Sub-Saharan Africa where she is expected to be the arrow head in the company’s strategy development and delivery, stakeholder engagement, PR and media relations, change management, CSR and sustainability and employee Communication.

Upfield is a company selling multiple brands of margarine and other food spreads, home to Flora, Blue Band, Stork, Becel, Country Crock and ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!’.

Oyebanjo is a passionate communications consultant with extensive strategic experience across Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications and Development Communications. She has worked on brands and projects such as Lafarge Africa, Union Bank, British Council, Unilever, Australian Trade Commission, International Breweries, Lagos State, Kia Motors, Haansbro Confectioneries, NISSAN Motors, UKEAS, Edinburgh Napier University Scotland, BPP University UK, ESCC, SI-UK, Sheffield Hallam University UK and more.

Having work for more than a decade, her specialties include: Strategy development & delivery, corporate identity & brand management, research, digital marketing and engagement, PR & media relations, crisis management, creative and business writing, editing & publishing, Internal Communications & Staff Engagement, partnerships, Sponsorships & Strategic Relationship Building, CSR, creative production (Print, Radio, TV, Online, Mobile).

Prior to working at Upfield, Lafarge Africa and Union bank, Oyebanjo started her career as a Marketing Executive at Laksworth Investment & Securities and later moved to Six Continents Travels as marketing Executive. In 2004, she joined Unilever as Management Trainee, Human Resources and was later elevated to the position of an Assistant Manager, Internal Communications. In 2017, she left there and moved to British Council as Head, Corporate Communications.

In addition, between 2010 and 2016, she worked with AerialView Marketing Communications Nigeria as Partner, Strategic Communications Consultant before embarking in publishing International Nigeria, a monthly print and digital Magazine, where she served as Publisher/Editor before joining Union Bank.

She is a Board member of When Women Win and holds B.Sc, Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University; Certificate, Project Management from Institute of Project Management; and Master of Business Administration – MBA Business Administration and Media Leadership from University of Cumbria.

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