MTN CEO N850m: List of highest paid CEOs in Nigeria emerges and amount

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Data obtained from the biggest companies on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) showed how firms encourage competitive staff compensation, especially to their chief executives, who are in charge of pivoting the organisation to success.

Findings showed CEOs of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, Dangote Cement Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Seplat Energy Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO Plc), Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, and Nestle Nigeria Plc make the shortlist of highest-earning executives of listed firms on the NGX.

BusinessDay reports that these firms paid their CEOs an aggregate salary of N4.7 trillion last year, a 51.6 percent increase from N3.1 trillion in 2021.

Karl Toriola

Karl Toriola, the CEO of MTN Nigeria, tops the list as he earned N850 million in 2022, a 130 percent increase from N368 million in 2021.

Toriola joined MTN Nigeria as the chief technical officer in 2006. With over 26 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, he succeeded Ferdinand Moolman as CEO in March 2021.

His past experience in a non-executive capacity on boards of directors includes serving as chairman, MTN/Areeba Guinea; non-executive director, Jumia Africa; non-executive director, American Towers Uganda; and non-executive director, MTN subsidiaries in Francophone West Africa.

Findings showed CEOs of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, Dangote Cement Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Seplat Energy Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO Plc), Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, and Nestle Nigeria Plc make the shortlist of highest-earning executives of listed firms on the NGX.

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These firms paid their CEOs an aggregate salary of N4.7 trillion last year, a 51.6 percent increase from N3.1 trillion in 2021.

Karl Toriola

Karl Toriola, the CEO of MTN Nigeria, tops the list as he earned N850 million in 2022, a 130 percent increase from N368 million in 2021.

Toriola joined MTN Nigeria as the chief technical officer in 2006. With over 26 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, he succeeded Ferdinand Moolman as CEO in March 2021.

His past experience in a non-executive capacity on boards of directors includes serving as chairman, MTN/Areeba Guinea; non-executive director, Jumia Africa; non-executive director, American Towers Uganda; and non-executive director, MTN subsidiaries in Francophone West Africa.

Hans Essaadi

Nigeria’s biggest brewer, Nigerian Breweries, paid N319 million to its highest-paid director in 2022, up from N243 million in 2021.

Until his appointment, Essaadi was the managing director of AlHaram Beverages, the HEINEKEN Operating Company in Egypt.

He began his working career in the HEINEKEN Group as a sales representative in 1991, rising through the ranks and assuming senior roles within the Group in different units such as sales, export and marketing.

Hans commenced his international career with HEINEKEN Puerto Rico as the Country Manager and thereafter moved to Austria as general manager, Brau Union International.

He then moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2008 where he served as general manager, Sirocco – the Heineken Joint Venture with the Emirates Group.

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He then served as the managing director, HEINEKEN Malaysia Berhad from 2013 to 2018 before his last role in Egypt.

Ebenezer Onyeagwu

Next on the list of top earners is Ebenezer Onyeagwu, the managing director of Zenith Bank, one of Nigeria’s tier-one banks. He got a total annual package of N285 million in 2022, compared to N246 million in 2021.

Onyeagwu began his banking career at the defunct Financial Merchant Bank in 1991 and moved to Citizens International Bank Limited until 2002 when he joined Zenith Bank as a senior manager in the internal control and audit unit.

Between 2003 and 2005, he rose to be the assistant general manager, then deputy general manager, and eventually general manager of the bank.

In his 17 years at the bank, Onyeagwu has occupied several positions including executive director of the bank in 2013 and put in charge of Lagos and south-south zones and sits on the board of Zenith Bank Ghana, Zenith Pensions Custodian Limited, Zenith Nominees Limited and African Finance Corporation.

Wassim Elhusseini

Nestle Nigeria paid N266 million to its most senior executive director in 2022, compared to N206 million in 2021.

Wassim Elhusseini, a Lebanese, is the chief executive officer and the managing director at Nestlé Nigeria.

In his past career, Elhusseini held the position of Manager-Channel Category Sales Development at Nestlé Kuwait General Trading Co. WLL, Head-Sales at Nestlé Saudi Arabia LLC and Sales Director & Country Manager at Nestlé Middle East FZE….CONTINUE READING