Tope Phillips Aikhuemelo, Human Resources Director, Cadbury

Tope Phillips (TP) is a pragmatic business leader with a flair for working & winning through teams. An achievement oriented Manager with astonishing results in major multinationals in the FMCG sector. He is passionate about the development of the Nigerian youth, and runs a personal mentorship program for youths. Over the years, he has coached and mentored several leaders across industries.


TP started his career in1990 as a management trainee with Unilever Nigeria Plc, grew through various roles, such as Assistant Corporate Affairs Manager, Personal Manager to a Senior Brand Manager.


In the year 2000, moved into the position of HR Business Partner (HR Transformation Lead), where he spent the next 5 years managing over 5000 employees, and 10 direct reports.


2006 he was sent as an expatriate to Durban South Africa as a HR Regional Manager AMET (HR Transformation), and returned to Nigeria as the Senior HR Business Partner (Organisational Effectiveness and Brand Building) & HR Transformation Lead.


2008 he joined Cadbury Nigeria Commercial and later spent the next 5 years as Group Industrial Relations Manager & HR Business Partner to Supply Chain West Africa.


2013 he moved to Tiger Brands Nigeria as Group Human Resources Director, he spent 2 years before returning to Cadbury Nigeria Plc, where he is currently the Human Resources Director West Africa.


His major achievements came through strong inter-personal and coaching skills, his strategic thinking competence, and effective team leadership. He is a business Manager and leader with diverse experience but with deep HR knowledge and practice.


TP loves travelling, making new friends and he is an astute Arsenal fan.