Fa­cil­ity man­age­ment growth presents chal­lenges, op­por­tu­ni­ties – Ak­in­tunde

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The Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Al­pha Mead Group, Dr Femi Ak­in­tunde, says the growth of fa­cil­ity man­age­ment across Africa and be­yond is cre­at­ing chal­lenges as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­perts in the in­dus­try.

Ak­in­tunde stated that there was a grow­ing trend for in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses to ware­house their real es­tate and fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment op­er­a­tions across ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions un­der sin­gle global con­tracts.

“This poses both a chal­lenge and op­por­tu­nity for real es­tate and fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment in­dus­try in Africa, given the vary­ing pe­cu­liar­i­ties of op­er­at­ing stan­dards and con­di­tions across the con­ti­nent,” he said.

he stated that based on this, the com­pany had re­struc­tured in its quest to con­sol­i­date on on­go­ing ex­pan­sion across Africa, serve its cus­tomers with more fo­cused ap­proach and en­sure that its pedi­gree for oper­a­tional ex­cel­lence were up­held across busi­ness lines.

Un­der the new struc­ture, Al­pha Mead Group would now be led by Ak­in­tunde as the GMD, with two Group ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tors, Wale Od­u­falu, and Amaebi Fiderikumo, for cor­po­rate ser­vices and fi­nance, re­spec­tively.

Wole Olu­fore has also been ap­pointed as the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Al­pha Mead Fa­cil­i­ties; Damola Akin­dolire as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Al­pha Mead De­vel­op­ment Com­pany; Prof. Ba­batunde Green, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Al­pha Mead health­care Man­age­ment; and ere­juwa Gbadebo, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Al­pha Mead Real es­tate Part­ners.

The new struc­ture and ap­point­ments took ef­fect from Jan­uary 1, 2019, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

Ak­in­tunde said the com­pany aimed to demon­strate that it had the ca­pac­ity, sys­tems, tech­nol­ogy, ca­pa­bil­i­ties and pro­cesses to sup­port brands and busi­nesses seek­ing to im­ple­ment the global con­tract strat­egy in Africa and help busi­nesses max­imise the benefits of the strat­egy.

he said, “Con­sid­er­ing the closely in­ter­twined na­ture of real es­tate op­er­a­tions, we recog­nise that a lapse at any point in the value chain can have a se­ri­ous neg­a­tive im­pact, erode cost-sav­ings op­por­tu­ni­ties, re­duce ef­fi­ciency and in­crease oper­a­tional cost.

“So, to ad­dress these fun­da­men­tal is­sues of vari­a­tion in qual­ity stan­dards across lo­ca­tion and high cost of op­er­a­tions due to loss of cost-sav­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties along the value chain, what Al­pha Mead has done by this new struc­ture is to ware­house ev­ery im­por­tant part of real es­tate op­er­a­tions and trans­ac­tions un­der one roof to pro­vide to­tal so­lu­tions to clients and en­sure that the qual­ity and oper­a­tional ex­cel­lence Al­pha Mead is known for gives our cus­tomers the real edge in the mar­ket.”

The Co-founder and Chair­man of the board, Obi Nwasike, stated that the new struc­ture was de­signed to strengthen the group and its sub­sidiaries in pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions that would make the real dif­fer­ence for its dif­fer­ent cus­tomers in the face of chang­ing mar­ket dy­nam­ics.

“With op­er­a­tions across more than 10 African coun­tries and in the six geopo­lit­i­cal zones of Nige­ria, it be­came very im­per­a­tive for the board to take this strate­gic di­rec­tion,” he added.

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