MR. ERIC OPAH
Eric Opah is the Managing Director/CEO and founder of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Limited; current Chairman, Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce, Abia State Chapter; an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IODN); the President of Eric Opah Foundation as well as Founder/President of Mbubo Transformation Group.
He holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the University of Calabar. He started his career in the logistics industry with Panalpina World Transport Group, and due to his passion for excellence, soon gained considerable industry experience in the company, before setting up his own.
Over the years, Mr. Eric Opah has gained significant wealth of experience in the global forwarding, shipping and logistics industry. He has also demonstrated a sublime level of entrepreneurial ingenuity uncommon among his peers. Mr. Opah’s additional expertise in Air cargo handling operations contributed to the establishment of China Southern Airlines in Nigeria where he became the Director of Cargo Operations. Above all, he has helped to redefine freight forwarding business in Nigeria by opening doors for transparency and trust as his core business values.
His unwavering passion to redefine shipping and logistics business in Nigeria led to the incorporation of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Limited in 2006. Fortune Global is a foremost Indigenous logistics company in Nigeria with the vision to become a first choice African shipping and logistics company globally. This vision has grown steadily, earning Fortune Global a prestigious award as the 10th fastest growing company in Nigeria in 2013, (Nigeria 50 award) by the Tony Elumelu Foundation in conjunction with Professor Michael Porter’s All World Network, USA. Following this award and recognition for fast business growth and excellence, Mr. Opah was nominated to participate in the All World Network Executive Program in Harvard University, USA.
Fortune Global has thus grown into a multinational company well represented within and outside the shores of Nigeria, with Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics (USA) Inc., Houston Texas and branches in Shanghai, China, Tema, Ghana and Antwerp in Belgium adding up to the list of its global business adventure.
His record par excellence is not limited to his entrepreneurial and business expertise alone. Mr Opah is a philanthropist; a grassroots community developer and an engineer for youth development and empowerment. His determination and commitment to community development and youth empowerment led to the establishment of the ERIC OPAH FOUNDATION (focused on empowering the younger generation through educational grants, numerous kinds support) and the MBUBO TRANSFORMATION GROUP (which champions community development projects),where he also sits as President of the highly respected group.
Following years of distinguished expertise and remarkable excellence in the freight forwarding and logistics industry, Mr. Eric Opah is an outstanding fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Logistics, and a Fellow, Nigerian Ports and Terminal Management Academy of Nigeria.
Chuks Ekpunobi is the Executive Director – Finance & Risk Management in Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics. He started his career with KPMG as an Assistant Audit Manager and lead audit in Oil & Gas; Financial Services as well as setting up Accounting Systems for several clients.
He progressed into core banking sector starting off with Ivory Merchant Bank as the Head, Financial Control & Accounts. He went on to work with Metropolitan Merchant Bank and Fortune International Banks holding forth the positions of Head, Internal Control and Financial Control and Planning respectively.
His career has as well spanned into the Investment and Financial Advisory Industry having worked with Aquila Capital as Assistant General Manager – VP & COO overseeing strategic business groups.
Prior to being appointed ED in Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics, Mr. Ekpunobi worked as the General Manager – Head, Strategy & Corporate Transformation Group in Heritage Bank.
Murari Pol Is the Financial Controller of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience. He was trained as an Accountant at the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and also in Forensic Audit Certification from Institute of Forensic & Compliance US in partnership with ICAN Nigeria.
Mr. Pol moved to Nigeria in 2007 to work with SIAO – A Chartered Accountant Firm in Ikoyi Lagos as Senior Audit Manager where he was responsible for auditing several companies including IOC firms. He’s also worked with Bajaj – DAG Motorcycles Nigeria Limited; EDUcomp Solutions Nigeria Limited holding various Senior Management positions in Accounts and his last place of work was with SCOA Nigeria PLC as Group Finance Control and Management.
Onyinye Daniel Is in charge of Human Resource / Admin as well as Corporate Strategy for the entire organization. Prior to Fortune Global, she has several years of experience locally and Internationally in Customer Service and Human Resource Management with BGL Group, a foremost Investment Bank in Nigeria and St. Anne’s Community Services, UK. During her years of work in BGL, she was involved in almost all aspect of Human Resource Management including Employee Welfare, Staffing, Training & Development, Performance Management Administration as well as Payroll Management. She worked a Recruitment / Retention Officer with St Anne’s, UK.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English / Literature from Abia State University, Uturu and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from The University of Leeds Business School, UK. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) UK as well as Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Nigeria.
Akujuobi Nwaiwu is the General Business Manager (Lagos) for Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics. He has an MBA from the University of Wales and a masters degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Ibadan. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree in Sociology also from the University of Ibadan. He has gained over 10 years working experience in the Shipping/ Maritime and Logistics industry in Nigeria.
He started his career as a Sales Executive with Maersk Line Nigeria and rose to the position of Sales Manager. He also worked as the Director of Commercial Services with Brawal Nigeria Ltd. Prior to joining Fortune Global Shipping, he worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager for AfriGlobal and Supply Chain Solution.
Jude Ngwaba is the General Manager (Phc) for Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics. He is in charge of Operations majorly on oil and gas projects covering Port-Harcourt & Warri. Mr. Nwagba has shown versatility and a distinguishing skill / expertise in executing turnkey projects in Oil & Gas Project Management and Supply Chain Management since joining Fortune Global.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Calabar and an accountant by training including Project Management Practitioner (PMP).
He is resilient and possesses a great can-do attitude. Prior to joining Fortune Global Shipping & logistics, Mr. Ngwaba worked with Cradle Trust Finance & Securities Limited and GMT Securities & Asset Management Limited.as the Business Development Manager.
Jane Julius is the Head of Information Communication Technology of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics. She gained her wealth of professional experience in IT having worked with Panalpina World Transport Nig. Ltd. as the System Administrator for thirteen (13) years.
She also spent three (3) years in Worldwide Premier Logistics and then moved to MGM Logistics also as System Administrator.
Jane holds a Diploma in Computer Science from Universal Computer Science and she is a graduate of Business Administration from Lagos State University, Lagos
Greg Saldinger, General Manager, U.S. Office, is a well-known & respected forwarding professional with more than 35 years in the Houston market working with the Oil & Gas industry, Industrial Projects, rig moves, medical equipment & products, electronics (e.g.: computers & parts, robotics, transformers), Trade Show / Exhibits, as well as Personal Products / Merchandise industries.
He works with global & major oilfield services companies, IOCs & NOCs as well as other A, B, C level companies in all industries & industrial categories.
Greg is also well-versed in SCM, WMS, HSE, Governmental Compliance, charters, DG, ground transport, last-mile coordination, rig down, plant shutdown, hand-carries, general cargo, Customs regulations, documentation, packing, conservation of resources & life support transportation.
Preventive measures, planning, analysis, trust, expert communication, customer satisfaction, repeat business as well as impressive & provable results are his intended goals but disaster recovery is also a large part of his forwarding experience.
Greg has travelled the world extensively & has opened offices in Singapore, Russia, as well as several in the U.S. as well as improving results of lesser-performing offices by implementing process improvements, personnel development / training, building morale & Teamwork.
Kim DeLong is the Station Manager for our Houston business office in the US. She brings on board vast experience in International Shipping & Logistics Operations having started her career in logistics with over 13 years work experience with Cargo Venmex in Houston Texas as the International Air & Ocean Export Operations Administrator.
Prior to joining FGSL, Kim worked as International Air & Ocean Export & Import Operations – Station Manager Express AirFreight until 2015. There she was responsible for commercials, quotations and invoicing, overseas co-ordinations, customer service as well as administrative related responsibilities.
Mr. Qian Fen (English name Mr. Ford) is the General Manager for Fortune International Forwarding &Trading Co., Ltd China. Mr. Ford graduated from the Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) China. He started building his African career experience working for an Asia-Africa logistics group in 2010 with a good number of customers in Shenzhen dealing majorly in mobile phone manufacturing.
Mr. Ford made a significant impact on that market and was promoted as a sales supervisor for the Nigeria branch in 2011 and subsequently in 2014 as the Country Manager for the Asia-Africa Logistics trade. Some of his landmark achievement whilst working in Nigeria was his providing client relationship service for cargo services for Chinese Embassy in Abuja and handling of cargo supply chain for JUMIA, the biggest Nigerian online shopping site for a wide range of electronics, fashion, home appliances and kid's items.
He also has extensive experience going over 10years in Sales and Marketing which accounted to his quick and recognizable impact in the Asia - Africa Logistics trade in Nigeria. He is also a seasoned Sales Coach.
Mr. Ford also gained lots of experience from his business travels to Kenya and Dubai for marketing exploration. In 2016, Fortune International Forwarding &Trading Co., Ltd China, a subsidiary of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Nigeria launched full business operations in China with Mr Ford as the General Manager, to provide 1st class logistics service for customers from China to Africa, offering the best cargo plan and service.