Our People

John Ehi. Addeh

This 1978 geology graduate from the University of Benin spent the first 22 years of his career as an explorationist, moving through the various parts of oil and gas exploration (subsurface, regional geology and geophysics interpretation and synthesis,exploration information Management) before moving out into Corporate Communication in 2001 and Public Affairs in 2002. Read More

His managerial career started as Geology Computer Applications Manager in Total’s Technical & Scientific Centre in Pau, France followed by his appointment as Onshore Interpretation & Exploration Information Systems Manager in 1997. He rose to the position of Executive Director in 2007 and retired into private enterprise in January 2012. Over the years, John Addeh has had extensive development in General Management, Human Resources Management, CSR Management and Crisis Communication. He established several world-class models, policies and processes in the various disciplines he has led. He is an alumnus of London Business School, INSEAD in France and IMD in Switzerland. He was Chairman of Board of Total’s Pension Fund (2009-2011) and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Institute of Petroleum Studies, Port Harcourt (2009-2012).

A member of several professional associations, John Addeh has won several professional awards. He is a Fellow of Nigerian Mining &Geosciences Society, a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists and a Fellow of the Institute of Petroleum Studies. His hobbies include Reading and Writing, The Arts, Philanthropy, Golf and Swimming. He is married with two children.

Areas of Coverage While in Service

Various aspects of Oil and Gas Exploration up to Asset Management; Creation, projection and management of the philosophy, policies, procedures and practices for Human Resources, Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, General Management of the Abuja location of Total Upstream in Nigeria. He also had overall responsibility for the company’s ICT, Medical and Diversity functions. He participated in the Strategic Management of Total’s Upstream Companies in Nigeria as a member of the company’s Executive Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of Total E&P from 2007 till January 2012.

Current Role

Current focus areas include Corporate Management, Change and Crisis Management, Leadership Development, Cross-Culture and Integration Management, media impact analysis and advisory, CSR Management, HR Policy Advisory, Public Policy Analysis. He has established partnerships with several local and foreign specialists and scholars. He is currently Chairman, Ewalen Image &Corporate Services Ltd; Chairman, Caritas Communication Ltd.

Adedayo Ojo

A foremost reputation and corporate communications strategist, Adedayo Ojo has over 25 years experience spanning journalism, issues management, stakeholder relations, and corporate social responsibility programs management. Read More

Prior to setting up Caritas Communications, he spent 15 years with ExxonMobil’s Nigerian affiliate, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), where he made a mark overseeing the Public Affairs unit. Dayo retired in 2006 as Manager, Government Relations and Head of Abuja Office. He also had a stint as pioneer Vice President in charge of Corporate Relations with Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. A highly trained reputation consultant, he is credited with pioneering the set up of the Government Relations department of Mobil Producing Nigeria in 1996, and in 2006, the Corporate Relations department of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. He has held high level communications position locally and internationally.

He was Public Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil upstream affiliates in Nigeria. In addition, he was the coordinator and lead responder for emergency and crisis communications for the Africa upstream operations of ExxonMobil covering Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria. Between 2000 and 2002, he was appointed Public Affairs Advisor at the headquarters of ExxonMobil Corporation in Houston, Texas, USA. He was the first African Public Relations professional in that position Dayo is a graduate of University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). He also holds a 1984 Master of Arts Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Ibadan as well as a Diploma in Public Relations from London. He has also attended several Senior Management Programmes in the University of Michigan Business School, Detroit, United States, the Lagos Business School and Pan African University Lagos, Nigeria.

Okwudili Onyia

Okwy is the Head of Strategy & Planning at Caritas Communications Limited. He has several years’ experience in media relations, reputation management strategy and consulting. Okwy began his career at C & F Porter Novelli, one of Nigeria’s foremost Public Relations firms. Read More

Okwy began his career at C & F Porter Novelli, one of Nigeria’s foremost Public Relations firms. At C & F Porter Novelli, he was part of a proud team of Consultants cutting his teeth by working on renowned brands such as MTN, Pfizer, Stanbic IBTC, and Microsoft among others. Okwy later had a short stint at Customer Centricity Ltd where he worked as a brand and communications executive and later Assistant Manager. At CCC, he was heavily involved in crafting bespoke communications and brand development strategies for FinBank, FCMB, and Microsoft to mention but a few.

Okwy holds a BA in English (UNN) 2004 and has attended professional development trainings and seminars overseas and in Nigeria. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

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