From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos
Indications have emerged that one of Africa’s leading digital entrepreneur and Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh may have decided to quit as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of his technology group by 2021.
One of Mr. Ekeh’s closest confidante disclosed that, going by his tone at the Zinox Group corporate retreat held in April, it is clear he will retire as Group CEO when he turns 65 in 2021.
According to the source who pleaded anonymity, Ekeh’s target is to achieve a tech group worth $10b in valuation by his retiring age and if he realizes it, he intends to change the lives of his devoted employees by making every Management staff in the group who has served him loyally a billionaire and others millionaires before retiring into full-time research in the technology sector and social work.
“This is his ambition and I hope he realizes this, especially considering the turbulent Nigerian economy. This was one of the reasons his group did not retrench any staff during the last economic recession, an unprecedented feat that is highly commendable in view of the gale of retrenchment that greeted the economic downturn,” the source disclosed.
Confirming the development, Corporate Communications Advisor, Zinox Group, Mr. Echika Ezuka disclosed that Ekeh’s decision to call time on his stellar career as arguably the continent’s foremost technology entrepreneur is one that was taken after deep consideration, as it would afford him more time to focus on his other humanitarian interests.
Ekeh, who was honoured by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the occasion of Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary on October 1st 2002 for his sustained pioneering efforts in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and as a model for modern Nigerian youths, has been consistent with several technology innovations in Nigeria and beyond.