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Founder’s Profile

Name: Valentine I Ejiogu, FCA, CPA

Designation: President and Chief Executive Officer

Professional years of experience: 20+

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Valentine has over 20 years of strategic, financial and operational consulting and auditing experience in varied industries and business sectors. He started his career at Arthur Andersen (Lagos, Nigeria) during which he provided financial, audit and business advisory services to international and global organizations including the Multi-national companies like Chevron Texaco, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Kobe Steel, Nissho Iwahi, Schlumberger and ITT.

Valentine played a key role in the World bank funded Capitalization, Reorganization and Commercialization consulting assignment for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which included all the refineries and other operating subsidiaries. Valentine actively participated and provided leadership in project teams on a full time basis, consisting of counterpart staffing in the corporation steered project. Some of the project teams that had set deliverables include determination of appropriate debt/equity structure, reorganization of the finance and account, internal audit and the exploration and production functions of the corporation to prepare the corporation for commercial purposes

He was a National Partner and head of the Energy and Commercial Group in the Audit, Tax and Business Advisory Division of Arthur Andersen. Valentine was also one of the partners on SCOA retail, distribution, automotive, Information Technology Company, headquartered in Paris, France) strategic planning, profit improvements project and operational reviews. In addition, Valentine led the team that reviewed five-year historical financial statements and profit forecast for a share flotation (Initial Public Offering), led by a major financial institution.

He managed financial consulting assignments as well as the audit for the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON). He reviewed NAFCON’s Export/Import Bank draw downs in Houston Texas in 1986 and 1987 for propriety. Valentine also headed a major accounting and consulting engagement for Shell Petroleum Development Company while in Arthur Andersen, Nigeria.

Valentine later joined Arthur Andersen (New York, USA) where he was involved in financial analysis and operational improvement projects in multiple industries and managed large audits of public companies. His clients included Chevron Texaco, Sprint Affiliates and Verizon in Dominican Republic. He was involved in several due diligence engagements and provided consulting assistance to companies involved in mergers and acquisitions. In the United States of America, Valentine also worked for prestigious firms like KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He provided Sarbanes Oxley consulting to a multi-billion dollar retail and distribution company based in the North East.

Valentine was also a Director in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Unit at McGladrey and Pullen (formerly American Express Tax and Business Services), New York, where he served various SEC clients in several industries like software, beer distribution, pharmaceutical and Healthcare and also assisted clients with filing of SEC registration statements.

Valentine has very valuable contacts in the energy, banking, telecommunications, manufacturing industries both in Nigeria and abroad.