Nigerian glass manufacturer Beta Glass said it was in mourning after the death of its chairman Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo in a helicopter accident.

The company, a subsidiary of Frigoglass Group, pledged to uphold his values and vision after Mr Ogunbanjo died on Friday in a helicopter crash in southern California, USA.

Mr Gagik Apkarian, Chairman, Frigoglass Group Board of Directors, said that the news of the passing of Mr Ogunbanjo (pictured) was devastating.

Apkarian said that the late Ogunbanjo served as chairman of Beta Glass for eight years with unrelenting commitment.

He said: “We are grateful for late Ogunbanjo’s numerous contributions, thoughtful leadership of the Beta Glass board, but extremely shocked that his time was cut short.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Abi’s family, friends, and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Apkarian said that throughout the late chairman’s long and successful tenure on the board of Beta Glass, his leadership had been instrumental in driving the company’s growth.

He also helped the company to become the largest manufacturer of glass containers and packaging solutions in West and Central Africa.

Mr Darren Bennett-Voci, Beta Glass CEO, said: “I had the honour of working closely with him, and the news of his sudden and tragic passing shocked us all deeply.

“Abi’s leadership and unwavering dedication leaves an enduring mark on Beta Glass, shaping our journey and inspiring us to continue to strive for excellence.

“We shall honour his legacy by continuing to uphold the values and vision he instilled in our organisation.

“In the interim, the company will continue to receive support from its Board of Directors.”

Mr Ogunbanjo also sat on the board of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping.

In addition, he was a Member of the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Bar Association, the Institute of Petroleum London, and the Institute of Directors, and was the Managing Partner at Chris Ogunbanjo & Co.

In the past, he also served as President of the National Council at Nigerian Exchange Group.