Managing Director, Weststar Associates Limited
Taking Charge: The New Face of Leadership
Mary Ojulari is the Managing Director at Weststar Associates Limited (Mercedes-Benz Nigeria) and serves as the President of the European Business Chamber Nigeria (EuroCham). Weststar is the sole Authorised General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars’ and Commercial Vehicles in Nigeria, and coordinates Daimler AG’s business activities which include aftersales services, marketing, fleet management support, warranties and professional training in Nigeria.
As the EuroCham President, she works with the directors of EuroCham to execute the association’s objectives and provide value to its 50membercompanies. EuroCham is a business group which unites the main European investors and corporate organisations in Nigeria with the primary objectives of promoting trade, investment and exchange between European and Nigerian businesses. EuroCham advocates for the highestquality standards, sharing best practice, and a commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Mary is a strategically focused and result oriented Business Executive with over 22 years of experience, 13years of which were spent working in Europe, at some of the continent’s most prestigious companies. She has worked in a range of senior and director level roles in the automotive, hospitality, media, and service sectors. She has a reputation for strong communication and establishing robust working relationships with relevant stakeholders and parties. Her specialties are continuous improvement, leadership, strategy, networking, financial management, financial reporting, project management, and due diligence. She is an enterprising and versatile professional with broad experience in leading all aspects of finance.
She started her career in Audit at KPMG UK, before moving to Bass Group PLC as a Management Accountant and, thereafter, Whitbread PLC UK as a Group Management Accountant. In 2006, Mary joined the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) as an Analyst, where she quickly made her mark. Her innovative and forward-thinking leadership was subsequently rewarded with a promotion to Business & Corporate Planning Manager in 2009.
She relocated to Nigeria in 2012 after taking on the role of Chief Financial Officer for West Africa at CNBC & Forbes Africa. In 2014, she advanced to the position of Finance Director. In addition, she was responsible for the organisation’s Administration and Human Resources Division for the West African region for 5 years. In 2017, she joined Weststar Associated Limited, where she currently works.
Mary is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Warwick Business School and holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University, as well as being a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 2008.She also has several Human Resources Certifications from the Lagos Business School.
She is a on the Board of Directors of CNBC and Forbes Africa(2017-date) and sits on the Advisory Board of Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program, a programme initiated by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and United Nations Development Program UNDP which seeks to tackle youth unemployment in Nigeria (2021 –date).
Mary is an Angel investor. Her passion lies in motivating and mentoring young people towards making a difference to themselves and the communities they reside. She is married with two sons.