Meet Our Brilliant Minds
Eric Opah is the Managing Director/CEO and founder of Fortune Global Shipping and 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.
Mr. Opah’s unwavering passion to redefine shipping and logistics business in Nigeria led to the incorporation of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Limited in 2006. Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics 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 Shipping and Logistics a prestigious award as one of the 10 fastest growing companies 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 and 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.
Mr. Opah’s preeminent, local & global accomplishments are 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 ingenuity, proven & results-driven determination as well as his 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 – He doesn’t just give his money & his name to groups that drive positive development he adds his personal time, mentors, leads by example & stays involved in the individuals & groups development as well as these organizations’ progress.
While Mr. Opah travels extensively – visiting offices, agents, customers, vendors as well as on-gong training & development for the good of his interests, he splits much of his time between the various continents in which we operate (e.g.: Africa, Europe, North America & Asia with upcoming ventures in South America & APAC).
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.
ED (Finance & Risk Mgt)
Chuks Ekpunobi is the Executive Director – Finance & Risk Management in Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics stationed in our Lagos, NG CHQ. 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, Financial Control and Planning respectively.
His career has as well spanned 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 and Logistics, Mr. Ekpunobi worked as the General Manager – Head, Strategy & Corporate Transformation Group in Heritage Bank.
Head of HR/Admin
Onyinye Daniel is the Group Head 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 as a Recruitment/Retention Officer. During her years of work in BGL, she was involved in almost all aspects of Human Resource Management including Employee Welfare, Staffing, Training & Development, Performance Management & Administration as well as Payroll Management.
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.
In addition to these world-class skills & accomplishments she is a key influencer of growth in the Company due to her keen understanding of business, people & opportunities for timely & continuous improvement. She is reputed for monitoring the present & future needs of the industry, customers and our Company.
Head of Commercial
Jude Ngwaba is the Divisional Head Commercial, Pricing and Projects. He is in charge of Operations covering Port-Harcourt & Warri where the majorly of oil and gas projects are located. Since joining Fortune Global Mr. Nwagba has shown versatility and remarkably distinguishing skills & expertise in executing turnkey projects in Oil & Gas Project Management and Supply Chain Management – critical skills required for our Company and Nigeria’s economy.
Though He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Calabar, He is a trained accountant and a Certified Project Manager (PMP). He is resilient, well-educated, uses his entrepreneurial resourcefulness and possesses an innate, great can-do attitude. He is also well-liked, respected by colleagues, customers & vendors. Prior to joining Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics, Mr. Ngwaba worked with Cradle Trust Finance & Securities Limited and GMT Securities & Asset Management Limited as their Business Development Manager.
General Manager Sales/Business Development
Arjan Blankestein is the General Manager responsible for Sales/Business Development and Customer Service for Fortune Global.
Arjan has gained over twenty-three years’ experience in Freight Forwarding with key expertise in Air Freight both in India and Netherlands. He has worked with Kuehne + Nagel Pvt Ltd as Deputy General Manager, Air Freight Development. He also worked with Dachser India Pvt Ltd as Route Development Manager and Dachser Netherlands BV as Branch Manager Air Freight.
Arjan is an influencer and motivator with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. He has brought his experience to bear in Fortune Global by developing new businesses and plays a major role in customer retainership.
Head of IT
Jane Julius is the Head of Information Communication Technology of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics. She gained her wealth of professional experience in IT while working 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. Jane is brilliantly resourceful, tireless & patient while she works through solutions for IT problems placed in front of her by customers & the constant changing IT environment. Her enthusiasm, “can-do” demeanor, patience, ingenuity & mentoring are welcomed to those that are in-need of unfamiliar-to-them problems as well as trail-blazing through never-before conceived solutions.
VP Sales & Operations (Houston)
Beverly Benecke is the Vice President, Sales and Operations, Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics (USA) INC. Before joining Fortune Global USA, she has gained over twenty years experience working with industry leading companies where she played a key role in accelerating sales and double digits.
Beverly worked as the Vice President of Operations, Stoneland Global Logistics Inc. She also worked as the Director of Sales and Marketing, Lee Inspection and Consulting Services Inc and Regional Sale Manager B&D Medical Equipment.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Business Administration and Economics, Minor Marketing form the University of Dallas, Louisiana State University.
She has played a key role in developing business relationships and improving sales in Fortune Global USA.
Station Manager (Houston)
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 working with Cargo Venmex in Houston Texas as their International Air & Ocean Export Operations Administrator.
Prior to joining FORTUNE GLOBAL SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS, 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.