Nestlé Nigeria recently celebrated the pioneer graduates of Nestlé Sales Academy, a program jointly run by the Lagos Business School and Nestlé Nigeria.

A total of 41 employees graduated from the Academy, earning professional certifications and diplomas.

Nestlé Sales Academy is an accelerated development program combining classroom trainings, field visits,
assignments, exchange programs and mentorship to ensure graduates develop the required skills and competencies in sales.

It aims at improving the professional competence and leadership capability of the company’s sales team.

L-R: Commercial Manager, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Chandana Fernando; Director, Finance & Administration, Lagos Business School, Charles Ivenso; Managing Director, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mauricio Alarcon; Associate Professor & Academic Director, Sales and Marketing Academy, Lagos Business School, Dr. Adeola Ogechi; and Country HR Manager, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Adesola Akinyosoye.

The objective is in line with the company’s commitment to create an environment that allows employees to learn, grow and thrive in each country where it operates.

Speaking at the event, the Managing Director/CEO of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Mauricio Alarcon, said “Our people are key to the success of this company and we will continue to invest in them. I urge the new graduates to continue to excel in their different roles and to be agents of change in their respective teams.”

While commending the graduates, Chandana Fernando, Commercial Manager, Nestlé Nigeria said, “The company
believes in you, hence the investment in your development. This is an investment for today and for tomorrow”. He also
reiterated that the purpose of the academy is to develop the skill sets and the mindset to gain competitive advantage for Nestlé through Sales professionalism.

Director of Finance and Administration, Lagos Business School, Mr. Charles Ivenso, who was also at the event, commended Nestlé for the visionary goal and commitment towards making huge investments in employees. .

Reflecting on his experience, one of the trainees, Gbenga Adeyemo said, “My participation in the academy has been a great platform for personal and professional development.

“Networking with intelligent and motivated colleagues and the esteemed faculty of the academy has helped shape my vision for the years ahead. This has truly been a worthwhile experience.”

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