…Releases names of 2019Top 10 CEOs of the Year
The Board of Editors of The Top10 Magazine has announced the selection of Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of A. A. Rano Nigeria Limited, as the magazine’s Man of the Year for 2019. Rano beat 20 other finalists that were selected from a list of over 200 originally shortlisted for the award in a rigorous and painstaking selection process.
The magazine has also released the names of its 2019 CEOs of the Year for its annual edition on Top 10 CEOs of the Year.
The choice of Rano for the coveted award according to the publishers of the magazine was based on his belief in Nigeria and commitment to its socio-economic development, which is exemplified by his continuous massive investment in the country’s most critical sector that also happens to be its economic mainstay – oil and gas.
According to a statement by the magazine, “Rano’s massive investments in the downstream sector as one of Africa’s largest independent downstream operators in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry has provided direct and indirect employment for thousands of Nigerians in different parts of the country, thus contributing to the effort to reduce unemployment and enhance the living standards of the generality of the citizens. Apart from provision of employment to Nigerians, Rano has reached out to thousands of Nigerians through provision of social services in education, health, water, as well as youth and women economic empowerment in a rare philanthropic gesture that underscores his belief in being his brother’s keeper.”
The publishers of the magazine stated that Rano’s commitment to Nigeria’s economic development is worthy of commendation, hence the decision of its management to accord him this special recognition as The Top10 Magazine’s Man of the Year 2019.
In the same vein, the management of the magazine stated that the 10 outstanding executives selected as exemplary CEOs of the year are corporate executives in both private and public sectors who have distinguished themselves as new game changers in corporate Nigeria.
This include: Tony Okpanachi, MD/CEO, Development Bank of Nigeria; Ado Sanusi, Managing Director, Aero Contractors; Umar Abdullahi, Managing Director, Cosgrove Investment Ltd; Jelani Aliyu, Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC); Akin Olateru, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Others are:Bamidele Onalaja, MD/CEO,Revolution Plus; Yemi Adefisan, Group Chief Executive,CitiTrust Holdings Plc; Steve Babaeko, CEO, X3M Ideas Limited; Aliyu Abdul-Hameed, Managing Director, NIRSAL; Iniabasi Akpan, Country Manager, Opay Nigeria.
The magazine stated that the selection is based on merit of performance of CEOs who have distinguished themselves with remarkable accomplishments in the running of their organizations that have impacted greatly on the economy and the society in general in the year under review.
Details on both Man of the Year and the Top 10 CEOs of the Year are contained in the current edition of the magazine which has just been released to the market.