Technology Times Media Limited has announced that its Board of Directors has named the current Founder/CEO, Mr. ShinaBadaru, as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors. The appointment takes effect from December 31, 2016.
Badaru is currently the CEO of Technology Times, which he founded in August 2004. It has since then grown to become the trusted provider of news and information on the information and communication technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria.
Badaru will stay till the end of 2016 when a new management team will be named to drive the growth of the Nigerian technology media organisation into its second decade in delivering technology news and information to readers across Nigeria, Africa and beyond, the company said.
Announcing the appointment, Head of Corporate Services at Technology Times, Mrs. AdebolaAdenekan, said that the Board of Directors has also confirmed that the company will announce new talents to drive the consolidation of market leadership by the organisation and value innovation foray into new industry segements in the Nigerian technology market.
“The Board has decided that in his new role as Chairman, Badaru will help take Technology Times to the next growth phase by shaping the direction of consolidation of market leadership and business foray into value innovation in new business segments straddling entertainment, payments, e-commerce, among others,” Adenekan said.
Adenekan added that the appointment of Badaru as Chairman of Technology Times validates the Board and Management’s confidence in him to lead the organisation’s overarching strategic investments in new market segments that fosters the founding vision of the company.
Badaru is a key technology industry pioneer in Nigeria and as our nation stands at the cusp of a new vista, we are excited that he has been called upon again to lead us at this pivotal phase,” Adenekan said.
Commenting on the appointent, Badaru said “the opportunity to shape the overarching vision of Technology Times into the future and also drive the next phase of the company’s expansion into new industry segments is for me another important call to action.”
According to him, “this is a rare privilege to be part of the team that defines a roadmap for the Technology Times intervention in leveraging the possibilities of technology to supercharge innovation, foster job creation and promote economic growth across markets in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.”
During his journalism career, Badaru has earned many awards and recognitions, including the first Nigerian recipient of the SAP African Technology Reporting Award in 2001 and First Prize Winner of UN African Media Awards on Local ICT Content, among several local and international awards.
Badaru graduated from the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos in 1993 and started his journalism career in THISDAY Newspapers in 1996 where he was pioneer IT Reporter, pioneer IT Editor and pioneer Electronic News Editor for THISDAY before leaving in 2000.
Badaru has since written on technology issues for various print and online media organisations, and has pursued careers in journalism.
He has moved into investments in companies in media, technology and allied sectors.
Badaru, a member of the Board of Trustees of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), is a member of various professional bodies and associations including the Rotary Club of Iponri.
Badaru also sits on the Board of companies in the e-commerce, market intelligence, media & entertainment and technology business consulting industries.