Pharm. Oladipupo Taofik Odukoya is the founder and chief executive officer of Vanguard Pharmacy Limited, one of the fastest growing pharmacy, supermarket and veterinary chain stores in Southwest, Nigeria.
An astute professional, Odukoya possesses a rich educational background, which includes a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Obafemi Awolowo University and a master’s degree in the same programme from the University of Ibadan. He further bagged a business certification in Budgetary Control and Business Administration from Lagos Business School. He is currently a doctoral researcher in Business Administration at Walden University, Minneapolis, in the USA with a view to earning a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).
With over 15 years’ experience in pharmacy practice, Odukoya is a top performing pharmaceutical management consultant, offering professional expertise in entrepreneurship, business management, market development and customer relations.
In recognition of his hard work and contribution to the growth of pharmacy practice, he has been conferred with various awards, including: Pfizer Award of Excellence in collaboration by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; Pharmalliance Inspiration Award and Award of Excellence by the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS).
Odukoya’s work experience comprises stints with foremost pharmaceutical giants like May & Baker and Nigeria-German Chemicals Plc, where he spent well over five years building his reputation as a top-performing market development staff. Among other proficiencies, he specialises in creating strong product identity and applying unique selling techniques in perpetuating corporate growth.
Odukoya has been successfully running his Vanguard pharmacy business for the past 11 years, with an annual growth rate that validates his judicious use of experience, skill acquisition and academic achievement.
Vanguard Pharmacy started out in a 30 square meters store in 2006 before moving to its current head office in 2011. It subsequently gave rise to the second branch in Ventura Mall, Ibadan on 19 July 2015 and also its Abeokuta branch 10 September 2016. Odukoya recently opened up his fourth branch in Osogbo last December and still hopeful of expanding the stores across board.
Married to Bolajoko Odukoya (now executive director of Vanguard Pharmacy), the couple is blessed with children.