Sola Obabori, the group managing director and chief executive officer of Red Star Express Plc, has been named the ‘Courier Personality of the Year’ at the 9th edition of the ‘Beacon of Information and Communication Technology’ award organized by foremost ICT news and logistics publication, Nigeria CommunicationWeek.
According to organizers, the award is “merit-centric and designed to reward individuals and firms that have help make life better for Nigerians” in terms of service offerings and performance.
Obabori was chosen for the award because of his exceptional leadership in spearheading new frontiers in the Courier and logistics industry.
An astute management professional with long and outstanding Sales and Marketing career with an accounting and finance background, he has consolidated the Red Star Express Group as the leading brand in the Courier industry in the country.
Red Star Express under the leadership of Obabori has invested in new infrastructures to further actualize the objectives of the company in providing world class one-stop logistics solutions to both private and corporate clients.
The company holds the franchise of two great brands in Nigeria. It is a licensee of FedEx, the world biggest air cargo logistics solution provider and TNT, with Europe’s largest land connection.
Sola was previously the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Red Star Logistics Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Star Express Plc.
He joined the services of Red Star Express in 1999. At various times, he served as the group's Assistant General Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Development for over five years and as Deputy General Manager Sales with the responsibility for the national sales management.
Sola has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) degree in Accounting, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
He is an alumnus of several advanced management and leadership programmes from world class institutions including -The School of Business Leadership of the University of South Africa, McGill Executive Institute, Canada; Lagos Business School, Nigeria; Harvard Business School, USA; Haas Business School of the University of California, Berkeley, USA; The University of Westminster, United Kingdom and FedEx Purple Academy, Belgium where he excelled as the Purple Star Award Winner in 2006.
He is a member of the 2016 FedEx GSP 3 class, Memphis, USA and a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD).
He is also an Associate member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (Chartered) and a Fellow of the Institute of Business Development.