Engr. (Dr.) Okechukwu John (OJ) Mbonu attended Mayflower School, Ikenne where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) with seven alpha distinctions (A1), one A2 & one A3. He later proceeded to Federal Government College, Warri for his Higher School Certificate (HSC). On completion of his HSC, he was awarded a Shell-BP Overseas scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK. In 1977, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, with first class honours and four academic prizes.
In 1978, on completion of his National Youth Service with Shell-BP, he was awarded the prestigious Manchester University Noel Philip Bedson Research Scholarship which in 1982 led to the award of a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University, UK.
OJ started his career as an engineer with Nigerian Breweries Plc in 1982. After his training programme, he held several engineering positions including, Chief Engineer, Aba and Chief Engineer, Lagos. In 1989 he was posted to Heineken Technical Services (HTS) in The Netherlands for a one-year development programme. He returned from The Netherlands in 1990 and was appointed the Group Engineering Manager of Nigerian Breweries Plc in 1990. The first Nigerian to be so appointed.
In 1996, he was āsecondedā by Nigerian Breweries Plc to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) on contract. Whilst in SPDC, he successfully designed and commissioned a āgreen fieldā and tailor made pre-recruitment Special Intensive Training Programmes (SITP-1 and SITP-2) located in Warri and Port Harcourt respectively. After the contract with SPDC, he returned to Nigerian Breweries Plc in January, 1999 and was elevated to the Board of Nigerian Breweries Plc as the companyās Human Resource Director (HRD) in November, 1999. He was appointed as the Customer Service Director (CSD) of the company in November, 2001.
In March, 2005, he was posted to Heineken International and then to Sierra Leone Brewery Limited, Freetown as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company. In August, 2009 OJ retired from the services of Heineken International/Nigerian Breweries Plc and joined the services of PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Nigeria Limited as a Director in their Advisory Line of Service.
In July, 2014, he joined Execution Edge Limited as one of the founding Partners for the provision of management advisory services to medium and large scale business enterprises. I currently seat on the Boards of UAC of Nigeria Plc, Lagos, Nigeria (appointed on 14th November, 2015) and Cutix Plc, Nnewi, Nigeria (appointed on 31st October, 2014). As part of his career development, OJ has attended several local and international learning events.
He is a COREN registered Engineer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FNIMechE) and a Fellow of the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers (FSLIE). OJ is currently living in Lagos with his wife and family. He is a keep fit enthusiast.