Meet Our Brilliant Minds
Eric Opah is the President/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. Kingsley Uwagbale is the current Managing Director of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Limited.
A seasoned professional, a gold commander, corporate engineer, change champion and an astute driver of high organizational performance, Mr. Kingsley Uwagbale is a result-oriented Managing Director who skillfully aligns corporate objectives with strategic initiatives. He is adept at creating strategic business alliances with leaders across several industries and sectors of the Nigerian economy and in providing effective support to key business initiatives. Excellent at building, managing, and retaining a high-performance team, Kingsley Uwagbale is a resource planner of high repute and enviable leadership qualities.
With over 30 years of corporate experience in the aviation, maritime, logistics, emergency management, and consultancy spheres, he maintains a pedigree of skillfully collaborating with seasoned C-Suite Professionals in creating strategic business directions for Multi-Million Dollars Business Portfolios. His knowledge of business anatomy of the shipping, logistics, and supply chain industry is world-class. These several decades of diverse experience have equipped Kingsley with the capacity to effectively manage business financing, strategic planning, people intelligence, key stakeholders’ management, organizational compliance, organizational change, transformational leadership, and organizational productivity.
Kingsley holds an MBA in Marketing from the University Port-Harcourt, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Chemistry. Over the years, he has also attended Executive Education programs at the prestigious Harvard Business School and Cambridge University, England. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Chemists of Nigeria and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Chief Financial Officer (Nigeria)
Beatrice Idika is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Nigeria Ltd.
She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Lagos; a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration & Management, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria.
Beatrice is also a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACIT).
She has a combined professional work experience of 17 years, having also served Vixa Group, Net Solutions, Babatunde Ajala & Co. (Chartered Accountants) at various Management and Professional levels in Nigeria.
Her technical competence encompasses Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Cost Optimization, Auditing and Taxation.
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.
Sales & Business Development Manager (Houston)
Neil Connelly is the Sales & Business Development Manager for Fortune Global’s Houston office.
With an illustrious career spanning over 25 years, Neil Connelly is a proven, dynamic problem solver in diverse areas of the shipping & logistics industry, including in Air Charter Operations, Project Cargoes, Heavy Lift Cargoes, Ocean Charters Operations, Warehousing, Key Account Development and Management.
Motivated by a strong drive for operational excellence, Neil demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in the successful management of several notable projects such as: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines scrubber project, Miami, Florida, Al Ahlia Oilfield Development Company, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, -M/V OSA Goliath, Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, American Augers / Faysal M Quatani Co., Dammam, Saudi Arabia, ESSO hydrocarbon production facility, Kandala India, among many other high-profile projects.
Prior to joining Fortune Global, Neil worked with Adecco (Kuehne & Nagel, Inc.) as Project Logistics Manager for the Marine Logistics department. Over the last two decades, he had also functioned as an Air Export Supervisor, a General Manager – Operations, an Intra-Company International Manager, Logistics Specialist, and Business Operations Manager, in several companies such as Brochsteins, Gagemakers LP, Cory Brothers (USA) Inc., LST Transportation LLC, Landstar Global Logistics IAH, Rainbeau, EXEL Global Logistics, and Pyramid Ocean Carriers Inc.
Neil Connelly has earned several high-profile certifications in logistics, including Hazardous Materials Certification for air and ocean freight. He has also serves as a Consulting Member of Guidepoint Global, an expert advisory firm, since 2007.
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.