The Vice President in charge Africa for Glaxosmithkline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare , Mr. Jonathan Girling has assured shareholders and other stakeholders that the company is committed to Nigeria for the long term. Girling's words of assurance came against the backdrop of the resignation of the first Nigerian managing director of GSK Consumer Nigeria, Mr. Chidi Okoro effective March 15, 2014 . Okoro, who has been the MD of the company for four years, is quitting in March to pursue other personal career opportunities. The Chairman of GSK Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye , who announced Okoro's resignation said until a new candidate is confirmed for the role, Mr. Justin Korte will take over as director and general manager. Apparently to assure shareholders that the resignation of Okoro has no boardroom crisis undertone, said "GlaxoSmithKline Consumer is committed to Nigeria for the long term and has confidence in the continuing growth prospects of the business." Also Osunkeye had thanked Okoro for his leadership of our business, saying the he was instrumental to the success of GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc . "He has doubled our sales growth over the past four years while improving the way we run the business. He oversaw the launch of Sendodyne, Horlicks and other products. I am proud that he is the first Nigerian managing director of GSK Consumer Nigeria and I wish him the best in his future endeavours," Osunkeye said. Relieving his experience, Okoro had said it had been a fulfilling four years serving as MD of GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc . "I believe the time is right for me to move on to other challenges. GSK Nigeria has a great future and it is an opportunity for someone new to make their mark on this great business and lead the company into the future. I believe I have played my part in the evolution of our company. It has been an immense learning experience as well as an opportunity to work with some of the best people in the corporate world," he said.
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