Management Profile

Mrs. Ayeni holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Language Arts from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1979 and an MBA from Pan African University in 2006. She joined Lever Brothers Nigeria Limited in 1980 as Management Trainee and left in 1991 as Product Group Manager to run Senkay Nigeria Limited. She started Tantalizers Limited in 1997 and successfully turned it from a one outlet eatery to what it is today. She was a joint recipient of the FATE Foundation Model Entrepreneur Award 2005. She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, and Managing Director/Chief Executive of Tantalizers PLC

Mr. Gbolahan Edward Labinjo is a highly experienced QSR expert. He resumed at Tantalizers Plc on March 3, 2014, as the Deputy Managing Director. Gbolahan has a BSc. in Finance from Southern Illinois University and an MBA, with specialization in Contract & International Management. He started his career at Merrill Lynch in 1983, was assigned to the Pepsi QSR acquisition team and joined Pizza Hut where he rose to become an Area Manager. He joined Burger King and led teams to complete market turnaround for 10 years. Gbolahan then worked at Popeye’s Chicken as an Operator, acquiring 2 restaurants and developing 9 additional restaurants as a Franchise Operator. Gbolahan also worked for Denny's as Franchise business leader for 5 years. He joined UAC Restaurants as GM Franchise & National Operations Manager in February 2011 and was part of the turnaround of the Brand. He was the Managing Director of Special Brand, the largest Operator of Mr. Bigg's Franchise Restaurants, from June 2013 to February 2014.

Mr. Oke is the head of the finance and accounting functions. He graduated from the University of Lagos, Akoka in Accounting in 1984, became an Associate of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) in 1989, and a Fellow of The Institute (FCA) in 2000. He obtained an MBA in 2001 from Ondo State University, Akungba. He joined National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as Internal Auditor in 1986, Smithkline Beecham PLC (Now Glaxo Smithkline) as Senior Management Accountant in 1992. In 1994, he left Smithkline for Capital Services Ltd (a subsidiary of Negris Ltd) an Oil Services Company as Head of Finance. He was appointed as Divisional Accountant (Technical) of SGS Nig. Ltd – another Oil Services Company in 1998. In 2000, he moved to Nigerian Bottling Company PLC and held various positions including Finance Manager, Ilorin Plant, Jos, Ikeja, Agidingbi, Lagos and Head Office, Lagos. He joined Tantalizers Ltd as General Manager, Finance in 2006. He was appointed Executive Director, Finance in 2008 and Executive Director of enlarged Finance incorporating Information Technology in 2015.

Mr. Ekundayo is charged with the responsibility of running all the established outlets. He graduated from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) in Food Sciences & Technology in 1992. He was appointed Asst. Brewer for Cellars operations with Dubic Breweries Ltd in 1993. He was appointed Production Supervisor for Venus Processing and Packaging Ltd in 1994 and in the same year was appointed Production Supervisor for Columbia Int. Ltd. with responsibilities for Industrial / Table salts production. In 1996, he moved to Family Foods Limited as Bakery Supervisor. He was appointed the pioneer Unit Manager for Tantalizers with responsibilities for Products handling, Outlet Aesthetics, Customer Satisfaction, etc in 1997. In 1999, he was promoted to Senior Manager, Operations with responsibilities for four outlets and in 2001 promoted to Asst. General Manager, Operations with responsibilities for developing the Northern business starting with Abuja. He was promoted to the position of Deputy General Manager, Operations in 2004, and promoted General Manager, Operations in 2008 and General Manager of enlarged Operations (Corporate Outlets, TLS, Central Kitchen, Bakery, TOS & TMX) in 2015.

Mr. Arebun is responsible for strategy formulation and development of new business lines for Tantalizers. He graduated from Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University), Ekpoma in 1987, with B.Sc honours in Chemistry. In 1990 he had his M.Sc in Analytical Chemistry from University of Ibadan and Joined Jecon Lamps, Agbara as Laboratory Chemist same year. In 1991 he joined Guinness Nig. PLC as Management Trainee, Production. He was appointed Shift Brewer in the Ikeja Brewery of Guinness Nig PLC in 1992. In 1996 he joined Johnson Wax Nig. Ltd as Production Superintendent from where he moved to Xerox H. S. Nig. Ltd as Account Executive later that same year. In 1997, he was appointed Marketing Analyst, Paper, Consumables & Office Supplies with Xerox H. S. Nig. Ltd. With an MBA from University of Lagos in 1999, he was appointed Marketing Coordinator, Fax, Paper, Consumables & Office Supplies with Xerox H. S. Nig. Ltd. Between 2001 and 2004 he held various positions from Brand Manager, Tantalizers, Business Development Manager, First Bite, Business Development Manager, Tantalizers, Senior Brand Manager, Tantalizers, and Marketing Manager. He was promoted Assistant General Manager, Marketing, Tantalizers, in 2006, Deputy General Manager, Marketing, Tantalizers in 2009 and General Manager, Business Strategy and Development in 2011. He became General Manager, Marketing and Franchise in 2015.

Mr. Onyoh has the responsibility for Project executions and Maintenance functions of Tantalizers. He graduated from The Petroleum Training Institute, Warri, with HND in Electrical / Electronics Engineering in 1993. He had a PGD Management in 1999 and an MBA in 2006. He started his working career with Mane Limited in 1988 as Technical Officer with responsibilities for High and Low Voltage Electrical Switch Gear, Distribution Boards and Motor Control Panels Design, Drafting and Quality Control. In 1990 he was promoted Higher Technical Officer. He Joined Brian Munro Ltd 1994 as an Electrical Engineer and later moved to SKG Pharma Ltd in 1995 as an Electrical Engineer after Wellcome Nigeria Limited sold its majority share holding to SKG Pharma Limited who are also owners of Brian Munro Limited. In 1996 he was promoted Head, Electrical Engineering in the Maintenance Department of SKG Pharma Limited. He then moved to Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in 1998 as Assistant Plant Engineer, Electrical with responsibility for all Electrical / Electronics Maintenance of their Pharmaceutical Machineries and Services Equipment. In 2002 he joined Tantalizers as General Services Manager with responsibility for Facilities and Equipment Sourcing, Installation and Maintenance. He was promoted an Assistant General Manager in 2008, appointed Head, Service Masters in February 2009 and promoted Deputy General Manager in July, 2009. He was promoted to the position of General Manager, Facilities Management in January, 2013 and GM Corporate Services in 2015.

Mrs. Dambo has the responsibility of ensuring compliance with Legal and Statutory regulations by the Company and its principal officers. As the Company Secretary / Legal Adviser, She also gives general support by way of legal advisory for all business units to ensure the attainment of companywide objectives. She acquired a degree in law (LL.B, Hons) from Ahmadu Bello University in 1986 and graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1987. She acquired a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy from University of Lagos in 2005. She has over 20 years post-call experience cutting across Legal practice, Finance and Manufacturing sectors of the Nigerian Economy in companies like Nabisco Plc, Corporate Trust Limited and Dambo & Company (Nimibio Chambers). She was appointed Company Secretary / Legal Adviser to Tantalizers Plc in April, 2011 and Company Secretary / Head, Legal and Real State in 2015.

Folawe Adewakun is the Head of Quality, Environment, Health, and Safety of Tantalizers Plc. She holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Microbiology ;and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) all from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She worked with Lever Brothers (now UNILEVER Nigeria Plc) as a microbiologist where she was saddled with the responsibility of setting up the microbiology lab and in 1999 she became Head of Quality Assurance department. Folawe also had fruitful stint with Jagal Pharma between 2001 and 2003 as Head of Quality Department. Her chequered career took her to Tantalizers Plc in 2003 as Quality Assurance Manager, where she steadily rose to become an Assistant General Manager in 2008. In pursuant of world-class standards and to reflect the status of Tantalizers as an emerging global trend, her designation was changed in 2009 from Quality Assurance Manager to Head – Quality, Environment, Health and Safety (QEHS) in 2011, and Head – Brand Standard and Training in 2015.