Tolaram Appoints Adesuwa Ladoja As MD/CEO of Lagos Free Zone

The Board of Directors of Tolaram, one of Nigeria’s leading conglomerates, has appointed Adesuwa Ladoja as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos Free Zone (LFZ) Company, one of its subsidiaries.

In a statement issued by the Board of Directors to its stakeholders, the appointment is effective July 1, 2024.

Adesuwa Ladoja takes over from Dinesh Rathi, who has been moved to the position of Group Finance Director of Tolaram.

According to the release, Ladoja brings extensive experience in infrastructure development and strategic leadership.

“She has been a key player in the development of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project, leading to its financial close in 2020, the completion of its construction in 2022 and commercial operation in 2023. Her leadership and strategic vision have been critical to the project’s success.”

Ladoja, a Lawyer, started her career in general commercial practice and litigation as an Associate at Ajumogobia & Okeke. This was followed by over a decade at KPMG Professional Services, where she specialised in Tax, Regulatory, and People Services.

She holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LL. B Hons) from Obafemi Awolowo University and a Master of Law (LL.M Hons) degree in International Business Law from King’s College, University of London.

Ladoja is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and several other professional bodies and a notary public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

According to the Board, Ladoja’s multifaceted expertise will be invaluable in driving the Lagos Free Zone Company’s growth and innovation agenda.

Ladoja said: “I am honored to be given this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing the good work done by Dinesh and the team at LFZ in creating a unique industrial ecosystem which places sustainability and customer-centricity at its core.

“Lagos Free Zone with its integrated Lekki Port is the perfect illustration of what ease of doing business represents and we look forward to hosting more companies.”

Established in 2012, Lagos Free Zone is an award-winning port-based industrial zone (850 hectares) in Lagos, Nigeria, with over $2.5 billion committed FDI projects to date.

Owned and promoted by Tolaram, LFZ is located in Lekki, the sunrise development corridor in Lagos. With its vision to be the preferred industrial hub in West Africa.

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