Board of Directors

Abimbola ALAGBE

Managing Director, Western Hotels

was born over five decades ago to Evangelist Ayo He was educated at the Anglican primary school, Ode Remo 1970-1973, and All Saints Primary school, Kemta Kobiti Abeokuta 1973-76. He was in Oke Ona Grammar school, Opeji as well as Abeokuta Grammar School 1977-1982., Divisional Teachers' Training College, Ayetoro Egbado 1983- 1984, St. Andrews College of Education, Oyo, 1984-1987, University of Ilorin, 1988-1990, The University of Ibadan 1992-1994 for his masters degree in Communication and Language Arts.

He finished top in his set at the St. Andrews College of Education as well as in his faculty at the university of Ilorin. He won the faculty of Education' & Department of Educational Foundation's academically best student award 1988, 1999 1990/91 finishing as the best graduating student of the year. He was dubbed UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR by the university of Ilorin throughout his stay.

Bimbola worked as a lecturer with the ATC/ Ahmadu Bello University before he quited teaching having been privileged to teach at primary, secondary, polytechnic as well as in colleges of education in Nigeria. He opted to pursue a career in public relations and joined the Gateway Hotels .

Bimbola Alagbe is a distinguished scholar and professional communicator. He is in top management in the Communications and broadcast industry and has extensive professional experience in general communications, private sector relations, working with NGOs, governments and international communities, management reporting, training, staff supervision, campaigns, marketing, distribution, publicity, advertising, and events management. He holds a combined-honours, bachelors degree in language Education from university of Ilorin and a masters degree in Communications & Language Arts from the university of Ibadan, Nigeria.

He is member and officer of many national professional bodies in Nigeria. He was a 2-term Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Ogun State Chapter, 2005-2009 and was elected member of the Governing Council of the NIPR 2009-2014 He was also a 2-term Chairman, Association of Professional Bodies, (APBN) Ogun State chapter till October 2016 He is the Executive Operating Officer, Ron Deotom Ltd, a hospitality and allied industry's management outfit, offering Total Hospitality Integrated Services, based in Nigeria and the US.

Prior to his joining the NIED as an Associate Mr Abimbola Alagbe was General Manager/CEO of the Ogun State government-owned Gateway Hotels chain where he rose through the ranks to become the General Manager in the over 500-bedroom hotel chain, bringing to fore a close-to-2-decades experience he got in marketing,public and customer relations,accounts, housekeeping and other key operational departments of the hotels before he became the Chief Executive Officer.1995-2009 He was later redeployed to be at the helm of affairs as the Managing Director of the Gateway Tourism Development Corporation, the agency of the Ogun state government which licenses and regulates the hospitality outfits, tourism and allied businesses in the entire state up till 2012. That afforded him the privilege of serving at the federal level, as a member of the Presidential Council on Tourism .He is widely travelled and is privileged to have been in all the continents of the world .

He is an entrepreneur and sits on top of several boards of business concerns as well as on the governing council of many professional bodies in Nigeria.He is a 2- term Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Ogun State Chapter, One time member of the Governing Council of the NIPR,and a senior faculty member of the a nigerian Institute of Public Relations' central study center in Nigeria.Two-term Chairman of the APBN Ogun State. He is a 2015 COCHRAN Fellow of the US Department of Agric. He is married to his friend of over 3 decades, Mrs. Yemi Alagbe and they are blessed with Godly children.

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