One of Nigeria’s frontline Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) companies, UAC Restaurants Limited has appointed Debola Badejo to pilot its affairs in the capacity of Managing Director.
In his new position, Debola whose appointment took effect this month, will be expected to lead the company’s flagships – Mr Bigg’s and Debonairs Pizza- to greater heights in the Nigerian market as well as scale corporate store networks and prioritize technology and delivery capabilities to drive performance for the QSR brands.
Debola is a results-oriented investment professional experienced in advising companies on strategy, corporate finance, and investments. He currently serves as an Investment Executive at UAC of Nigeria Plc (UAC) where he is responsible for managing the Group’s interests in the Food and Beverage sector. As such, Debola sits on the Boards of UAC Foods Limited and UAC Restaurants Limited where he represents UAC’s interest in the companies.
Debola is also a Principal at Themis Capital Management (Themis), an active investment company focused on concentrating capital, talent and expertise on a select number of long-term investments in companies that will benefit from Africa’s demographic trends.
Prior to joining Themis in 2018, Debola spent over 10 years as a Corporate Finance Executive in various leading investment banks, including Standard Bank, where he executed M&A, restructuring and capital raising transactions for leading corporates across Sub-Saharan Africa. Debola began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York, where he worked on multi-billion-dollar transactions for large corporates across North America.
Debola graduated with a B.Sc in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in May 2008, and holds MBA degrees from both Columbia Business School and London Business School through the schools’ Joint Global Executive MBA program.