Board Of Directors

Asiwaju Solomon K. Onafowokan (OON)


Asiwaju Solomon Onafowokan was President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and currently chairs a number of boards including Chellarams Plc, Coleman Wires & Cables and Artee Industries Limited (owners of Park ‘n’ Shop).

He holds a Higher National Certificate in Business Studies and a Postgraduate degree in Business Administration, both from Kingston College, Surry, England and was conferred with National Honours of OON in 2006.

Chief Suresh Murli Chellaram

Managing Director

Chief Suresh Chellaram has succeeded in growing the Nigeria Group into a conglomerate whose activities span a wide spectrum of categories. He headed the Chellarams Group in the USA until 1984 when he joined Chellarams Plc (Nigeria) as the Group Investment Manager. He was appointed Managing Director in 1989.

A dedicated philanthropist, he has been involved in the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Young Presidents Organisation, the Indian Cultural Association and various charitable groups in Nigeria, both directly and through the Murli T. Chellaram Foundation. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of California, San Diego in 1976.

Alhaji Adamu Ahmed Abdulkadir

Non-Executive Director

Alhaji Abdulkadir is on the Board of several companies serving as the Chairman or as a Director. He was a Special Adviser to the President on Manufacturing and Private Sector and is currently a member of the Presidential Committee on Tariff and Incentives.

He trained in Sales Management, Marketing Research and Advertising in the United Kingdom, attaining an Advanced National Diploma in 1974 from the National School of Salesmanship, Manchester.He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Sales Engineers and British Institute of Sales Management.

Aditya S. Chellaram

Chief Executive Officer /
Director (Technology)

Mr. Aditya Chellaram is the Group Technical Director of Chellarams Plc; he joined the company in 2006 after graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a BSc in Foreign Service.

A widely travelled businessman, administrator and IT Consultant, he worked at Camara (UK) Limited, Smiling Screens, the Department of English of his Alma Matter and with the Times of India in various capacities before joining Chellarams Plc.

He sits on the Board of all major subsidiaries and associate companies of Chellarams Plc in executive capacities.

Management Team

Dr. Harbhajan S. Batth

Chief Information Officer

Dr. Batth has over 30 years of Teaching, Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing & Distribution experience. He worked as an academic and in administrative roles in the banking and insurance fields, before joining Chellarams Plc as Chief Strategy officer in 2006.

Dr Batth has an Msc. in Genetics from Punjab Agricultural University, India and an MBA from Lagos Business School/ Pan African University Lagos, Nigeria. He is an Associate member of the Insurance Institute of India, Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Insurance Nigeria and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Business

Akeem B. Kolade

General Manager (Finance)

Mr. Akeem Kolade is an Accountancy graduate of the Polytechnic, Ibadan and a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

He has more than twenty five years of varied experience in Auditing, Costing, Accounting & Finance. He joined the services of United Spinners Nigeria Ltd, Lagos as Costing Supervisor in 1989 and rose to the post of Assistant Accountant in 1991 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. He later joined Aswani Industries PLC in July, 1991 as Deputy Manager (Accounts) and rose to the post of Manager (Accounts). He joined the services of Chellarams Plc in 2001 as Head of Accounts and rose to become General Manager (Finance) in April 2012. He is a seasoned accountant and has attended many internal and external trainings and conferences locally.

Akinrin Samuel

Chief Internal Auditor

Mr. S.B.Akinrin who is about 47 years old, is an Accountancy graduate of The Polytechnic, Ibadan and Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI), he is also a full professional member (MNIM) of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). He holds both Post Graduate Diploma (PGD-Computer Science) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) degrees from The Federal University of Technology, Akure.

His experience in audit practice and accountancy as well as in the industries spanned 25 years. Among the organizations he had previously worked include, Nigerian Romanian Wood Industries Ltd (NIROWI), Ondo, where he rose to the position of Acting Chief Accountant; ICPCL, Ile-Oluji; Stanmark Cocoa Processing Company Ltd. (Export Processing Factory), Ondo, a subsidiary of Cadbury Nigeria Plc; Emmanuel Oloke & Co. (Chartered Accountants), Abuja; Citizenship & Leadership Training Centre, Abuja, where he functioned in the capacity of Principal Accountant, before joining the services of Chellarams Plc. He is a seasoned Accountant, an astute Internal Auditor, Management and Financial Advisor of 25 years of professional experience. He was appointed AGM-Audit in April, 2010 and Chief Internal Auditor in January, 2012. He presently monitors the systems and processes.

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