Olu Akanmu is the Senior Vice President/ Divisional Head of Retail Banking, First City Monument Bank Plc, FCMB and a Fellow of Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy. A Strategic Business Leader. Unusual diversity of experience at very senior levels in consumer goods, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications and financial service industries, enabling a deep wealth of innovative, cross-industry perspectives in solving business problems.

He was Chief Marketing Officer at Airtel Nigeria (mobile telecommunications network with more than 20 million subscribers) with responsibility to lead commercial strategy and achieve revenue targets. Strong experience in leading teams to build commercial insights for product innovation and commercializing those innovations to sustainable product and market businesses.

Has shown a consistent ability to cross to new territories and industries and deliver excellent results. A true general manager with strong competencies in dissecting business models, reconfiguring them to exploit opportunities for business growth. Ran the Retail and Consumer Banking Division of BankPHB as Managing Director/CEO, leading more than 700 people with responsibility for balance sheet and profit targets.

Start-up Utility company experience at MTN-Nigeria . Was Chief Architect of the phenomenal success of the MTN consumer and brand marketing strategy in Nigeria, a key reason for the out-performance of MTN among its peers in the Nigeria telecommunications industry. Responsible for MTN Nigeria consumer business strategy; market share and revenue targets of more than one billion dollars annually. Led industry analysis and the development of competitive strategies at business and segment levels; including the development of business plans. This includes customer acquisition, margin-growth and retention (churn management) strategies. Led Marketing Managers to develop/ execute segments, brand and product marketing programs to achieve market share, revenue (ARPU) and margin objectives. MTN became the leading mobile telecom network in Nigeria with more than 9 million subscribers.

Well rounded cross –cultural experience in sales, channel management, marketing, advertising and general management. International experience at leadership levels in the not-for-profit sector at Populations Services International, enabling a strong grounding in public policy and social development issues in Africa.

A thought-leader in Strategy, Management and Public Policy whose articles and pubic presentations are highly-sought in the consumer business community. Publishes a blog on ‘Strategy and Public Policy’ on

Pharm. Olu Akanmu obtained His Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1985 from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, A Master in Business Administration from Lagos State University and a Management Advancement programme from University of Witwatersrand and passed with distinction.

A quintessential leader and organization builder. He will be speaking on the theme “Pharmaceutical Industry Contributions To National Development.”

The Vice President His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN is expected to declare this year’s PSN Conference open as a Special Guest of Honour, while the Governor of Niger State, His Excellency, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello is the Chief Host, the Former Deputy Governor of Niger State, His Excellency, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto is the Chairman of the occasion, the Executive Governor of Kano State His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR and the Honourable Minister for Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, FAS will be Guests of Honour. The Host is Pharm. Ahmed I Yakasai, FPSN, The President of PSN and the Honorary Consul-general of Pakistan in Nigeria while HRH Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar , CFR is the Royal Father of the Day.

You see, you can’t just miss this year’s conference for any reason. Start packing your briefcase. Be in Minna.

We will be expecting you.


Pharm. Sesan A. Kareem
PA to the PSN President
For Conference Planning Committee