As we near the end of the academic year 2012/13 we look back at some of the best achievements of Brunel Business School and our Students. One of the successes we look back on with special fondness certainly belongs to 62-year-old Chris Ogbechie who successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Key Determinants of Effective Board of Directors – Evidence from Nigeria”.
Chris said of his success:
“My main inspiration for pursuing a PhD program on corporate governance was my experiences on the various boards that I have served in the last 15 years. I have had the privilege of serving on boards of quoted companies and private companies and also companies in various industries. I wanted to put some theoretical framework around these experiences and use that to help other boards in the future. I still serve on 5 boards and chair one of them. The PhD programme was more of self-actualization as I do not need it to further my career or enhance my marketability. I also wanted to encourage the younger ones that I mentor that they can also aspire to such heights.”
Dr Dimitrios N. Koufopoulos who supervised Chris’ research was very pleased to see him complete the doctoral studies:
“I feel extremely happy that Chris has seen his effort been recognized. I note that Chris is a 62 year-old grandfather with a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manchester (1974) and MBA from Manchester Business (1976). He has over 30 years work experience in Marketing and Strategy from various multinational companies, such as Xerox and Nestle. He worked in Nestle Malaysia, Switzerland and Nigeria and was the Marketing/Sales Director of Nestle Nigeria from 1984 to 1990. He has founded three marketing service companies in Nigeria which are still operational. He currently sits on five boards of publicly quoted and private companies. He also teaches strategy and corporate governance on the Executive Programmes at Lagos Business School in Nigeria and Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya.”
We wish Chris all the best and are happy for his family who got their grandfather back!