Obiora holds a BSc in Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Ibadan and is a licensed Associate (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He has several years of experience spanning across several industries as Consulting, Banking and FMCG. Obiora started his career with Intercontinental Bank Plc (Now Access Bank Plc) before moving to Procter and Gamble. Obiora has key experiences in Budgeting and Financial Analysis, Costing, Competitive Analysis, Business Development and Audit amongst others.
He has undergone several training programmes both in Nigeria and abroad in the areas of Finance and Accounting, Competitive Intelligence, Supply Chain Management, Customer Service, Leadership and Project management. At Procter and Gamble, Obiora successfully championed several high profile cost reduction and process improvement projects – Loss Elimination Project on FPLC (Finished Product Logistic Cost/Transport & Warehousing): Achieved $4 million dollar cost reduction within a fiscal year. West Africa Forecast Simplification & Standardisation: Achieved 99.9% forecast accuracy during Fiscal Year 2011 and 2012 along with improved productivity.Inventory Model change from the Regional Entrepreneur (RE) Model to Local Entrepreneur (LoE) model: Achieved seamless transition across models. This led to a reduced Inventory holding days of Regional distributors, out-of-Stock reduction by 50% and $1 million savings. He pioneered the development& deployment of a Competitive Intelligence Department for Sub-Saharan Africa- Increased the level of external focus within P&G Nigeria leading to significant improvement in forecast accuracy amongst others.
His professional journey is comprised of an eclectic mix of roles in the realm of finance and accounting – ranging from auditing to financial analysis and forecasting. He is also credited with piloting training and coaching initiatives within his teams. These accomplishments are a testament to his technical proficiencies, excellent interpersonal communications skills, and ability to work in collaborative environments. An entrepreneur at heart, expert at identifyinginvestment opportunities in the most unlikely avenues. His creative ability is immediately evident to those who come in contact with him and with these skills, he constantly finds innovative ways to add value to the world around him.