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The founder of TSM Foundation Mrs. Sally Yvette Uwechue – Mbanefo graduated as a lawyer in 1986 from the University of Lagos and has 23 years experience as a corporate professional of which seventeen (17) years were spent in the banking industry, two (2) years in the manufacturing sector and three (3) years in the Oil and Gas sector and one year at TSM as CEO/Founder.

She began her career as a pioneer staff in the treasury department of Abacus Merchant Bank Limited one of the first indigenous banks in Nigeria in 1987 where she handled Inter-bank money market trading and was the CBN Liaison Officer until she was promoted to Senior Treasury Officer in 1988.

In 1989, she joined International Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited, then a subsidiary of First National Bank of Chicago that later became IMB International Bank Plc and IMB Plc (Now Finbank Plc). She gained further experience in Treasury department were she worked in discountable instruments unit,
Correspondent banking unit, FX Trading and domiciliary accounts unit before being moved to Domestic Operations, International Trade, and later became the Chief Foreign Exchange dealer of the bank.

After 10 years in mainstream banking, she was
appointed the Company Secretary of the bank. Her portfolio included managing several departments domestic, International from Administration to Human Resources & Training, Loan Recovery, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Board Secretariat departments.


Managing two public offers for the bank exposed her to Corporate Finance and Registrar functions.

By 2002, she was appointed Director, Business Development in addition to other responsibilities as Head of Support Services and Company Secretary. Over the years, she built a strong regulatory and shareholder/investor relations base, which enabled her to successfully manage a shareholder crisis in IMB International Bank Plc in 2003.

In 2004, she veered into the manufacturing sector where she led successfully, as the most senior female executive in Lafarge Cement Wapco Nigeria Plc, a change management exercise and public offer, whilst resolving community issues and supervised government and public affairs, legal, board secretariat and administration departments.

After successfully taking Lafarge Cement Wapco Nigeria Plc. to the Stock Market, she was invited in 2005 to Coca Cola Nigeria and Equatorial African Division as the Public Affairs and Communications Director supervising ten (10) African countries for Community Relations, Government Affairs and Communications.
With the Coca Cola team, the Fifa World Cup Trophy tour in Nigeria was successfully organised amongst other projects.

(See Publications for success stories).

Later in 2006, she was approached by an American based Upstream Exploration and Production (E&P) Oil and Gas company in a joint venture with AGIP Exploration, called Allied Energy PLC, a member of the CAMAC Holdings, USA as the Group Executive Director, Finance & Administration (GED, F & A) to revamp and restructure the CAMAC Group operations.Sally worked here for 3years (2006 to 2009)

Her role as the GED, F & A was a multifunctional one which spanned strategic planning and management, daily management of operations and acting in a deputy capacity to the MD. This included supervision of Finance & Accounts, Business Development, Information Technology, Administration and Human Resources, Government /Corporate Affairs, Audit departments amongst others. Her first major task upon resumption was to revamp operations, initiate process engineering to streamline and drive the business processes as well as identify new  non oil revenue sources and create new business opportunities for the CAMAC Group Of Companies.
The group has grown from being an oil  drilling company in Nigeria to a medium sized oil drilling company and a major operator of refineries in Houston, USA; Bogota, Colombia;



Johannesburg, South Africa and Venezuela.

She was also a director in Oceanic Consultants, Alliance Oil Producing, Camac Nigeria Limited, Arc Oil and Gas Limited, and remains a director of American Wireless Broadband Network Ltd a telecom company. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Institute of Directors, National Institute of Marketers and the American Business Council.

In December 2007, our founder brought together a group of like minded people and launched an NGO that would play a pivotal role in educating children on HIV/AIDS in the belief that “Prevention is better than cure” and the first gesture was a free distribution of copies of a book written by a Ghanaian Author “Ama Hackman” highlighting the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in the African community. These books were supported by the United Nations Agency in Ghana and recommended for schools. Hundred books were distributed at the event to Muslim and Christian schools each. It was a memorable day. Please visit our Gallery

In 2008 sally founded the TSM Microfinance Bank limited please visit 'OUR BANK' ON THIS WEBSITE

 


TSM, the Bank that never sleeps