Appolo Goma, Executive Director – Operations

Appolo is the Executive Director, Operations at Babban Gona. He was formerly the Group Chief Operations Officer (GCOO) at Notore Chemical Industries with responsibility for all operations including the Technical/Plant functions, commercial function, HR, EHSQ, and all core service departments, comprising of Supply Chain, Procurement, IT, Admin, Security and Community Affairs. In this capacity, he oversaw an operation with an annual operating budget of approximately ₦28 billion, that produced and distributed 300,000 metric tons of Fertilizer a year.

Appolo Goma commenced his career as a Sales analyst in Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC)/Coca-Cola after which he was moved to the field as District Sales Supervisor. Appolo transitioned from NBC/Coca-Cola to UAC as a Management Trainee. He rose rapidly within the organization and was promoted to a full management position in April 2000. By 2005 he attained the position of Regional Manager for North Central in the Logistics Business of UAC Nigeria (MDS Logistics). In 2005, he joined Oando Energy Services Limited as Outbound Logistics and Warehouse Manager. He worked to establish the structure of delivering materials to upstream clients in the oil and gas industry. In 2007, he moved to Schlumberger as Inventory Manager for the completions group.

He then joined Notore in 2008 as the pioneer Head of Supply and Distribution, where he built the distribution structure for Notore to deliver products to farmers all over the country. He was rapidly promoted to Head of Supply Chain, then Group Head of Shared Services, responsible for all service functions in the organization, and eventually to Group Chief Operating Officer.

Appolo Goma has a degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the University of Calabar (UNICAL) and an Executive Certificate in Technology Improvements and Value Chain Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also facilitated seminars on entrepreneurship, career development, personal excellence and emotional intelligence, and delivered papers on management topics at multiple international and domestic conferences.

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