Kayode Thomas – Chief Executive Officer

With a solid background in corporate strategy, business development, project management, business analysis and supply chain management, gained from key positions with various blue chip organisations, Kayode has many years international experience of providing business analysis, project management and consultancy to major multinational corporations, and assisting businesses achieve their strategic goals.

Prior to Bell Oil & Gas Ltd, he managed and delivered various strategy-related projects for different organisations, including business process re-engineering, organisation design, change management, ERP solutions, mergers & acquisitions, and business integration. He has held various strategic positions in different organisations, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (London office), British Telecommunications (UK), Johnson & Johnson (UK) and Cable & Wireless (UK). Prior to that, he managed and developed supply chain processes, new product introduction, sales and operations planning, customer services and performance management across Europe for GlaxoSmithKline (UK). His various achievements led to him being named the Glaxo Wellcome IIP Award winner in 1998.

A finalist at the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a founding director of Bell Oil & Gas, Kayode is an entrepreneur with a successful track record of leadership in cross-functional teams. At Bell Oil & Gas Ltd where he has held the position of CEO since inception, Kayode is responsible for corporate strategy, business development, planning and implementation, change management, corporate governance, strategic alliances, brand management and corporate social responsibility. He is also responsible for the overall direction, growth and international expansion of the company.

A strong advocate of continuous learning, Kayode is an ardent reader of a range of books covering leadership, motivation, relationship building, crime, autobiographies, and Christian literature. He is also a presenter and speaker at international conferences with specific interests in Strategic Alliances, Nigerian Content, and Entrepreneurship.

Kayode is a keen saxophonist, and an avid animal lover, with interests in exotic breeds of dogs, parrots, horses and wild life. He is also a staunch Formula 1 follower, a lover of cricket, rugby, snooker, polo, sailing and a life long supporter of Manchester United Football Club.

A Harvard Business School alumnus, Kayode is a highly motivated and articulate professional who brings with him, deep insight, strategic thinking, and extensive management and business development experience and expertise spanning many key business areas.

A Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Kayode serves on the board of a number of companies, including several start-ups, provides advisory services to many organisations, within and outside the oil industry and supports young aspiring entrepreneurs in translating ideas into business reality. He holds a B.SC (Hons) Degree in Physics, an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems and an MBA. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Nigerian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC-Nigeria).