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Jeff Bezos Steps Down as Amazon CEO- How Much Power Will He Give Up?

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has officially stepped down as the company’s chief executive, handing that role over to Andy Jassy, in order to focus on “new products and early initiatives”.

With a total net worth of $203bn (£146bn) according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the 57-year-old is now expected to devote more of his time to a handful of personal projects.

Among the most immediate adventures for Mr. Bezos is a launch with his private spaceflight company Blue Origin, scheduled for 20 July, on which he will be joined by his brother, Mark; a mystery customer who paid $28m (£20m) for the seat in an auction; and 82-year-old Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk.

The Amazon founder also said he would be investing more of his time (and one expects, wealth) in fighting climate change and overseeing The Washington Post, the newspaper he owns.

How much power is Bezos really giving up?

Bezos may be leaving his current role at the company – and on the 27th anniversary of when it was founded – but isn’t leaving Amazon itself.

Instead, he’s transitioning to the role of the executive chair – functioning as a kind of strategic adviser to the CEO. The transition from CEO to executive chair has happened before when Bill Gates was leaving Microsoft, and Eric Schmidt leaving Google and has been called the apprenticeship model of corporate succession.

As Amazon’s chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky told reporters: “Jeff is not really going anywhere. It’s more of a restructuring of who’s doing what.”

Bezos also retains just over 10% of all of Amazon’s shares, making him the single largest shareholder and securing his ability to shape the decisions of the new CEO, especially when they disagree about the firm’s strategic direction.

Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, explained: “The fact he is stepping down as chief executive of Amazon doesn’t mean he is disappearing; far from it as he is becoming executive chairman.

“The chairman’s role is to keep the chief executive in order, so Bezos will still be ingrained in the business and be able to provide guidance on a range of strategic issues.

“He is also a major shareholder which gives him considerable influence on how the business is run.”

Who replaced jeff?

Andy Jassy is now Amazon’s chief executive.

He joined the company in 1997 and has led its cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), since 2003.

AWS has been a huge success for the business, today contributing roughly 42 percent of Amazon’s total profits, and was instrumental in moving the company from online commerce into enterprise technology.

It put Amazon into direct competition with technology giants including Microsoft, Google, and Oracle, and cemented the company’s place in the infrastructure of the internet.

AWS has stressed its “low-margin, high-volume” business model when acquiring customers, and now provides the hardware supporting cloud services for massive streaming companies including Spotify and Netflix, as well as large parts of the UK civil service and even the US Central Intelligence Agency.

He has also been more outspoken than Bezos on some of the most divisive issues in America, tweeting about the death of Breonna Taylor last year: “We still don’t get it in the US. If you don’t hold police depts accountable for murdering black people, we will never have justice and change, or be the country we aspire (and claim) to be.”

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Samsung Launches Its Lastest Mobile Device, ‘Galaxy A04s’ in Nigeria

Samsung has unveiled its latest mobile device, the ‘Galaxy A04s’ in the Nigerian market

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Multinational electronics manufacturing company Samsung has unveiled its latest mobile device, the ‘Galaxy A04s’ in the Nigerian market.

The new device comes in various colors such as Black, Green, White, and Copper, and is packed with a 3GB, 4B RAM with 64GB and 128GB internal storage, Investors King understands.

The A04s also supports Dual SIM and is built with a glass front, plastic back, and plastic frame. It features a triple camera: 50 MP (wide) + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth) while on the front there is an 5 MP (wide) camera.

Samsung’s launch of this device reinforces the company’s commitment in providing affordable yet quality devices that address the daily needs of consumers.

Following the launch of its latest device in the Nigerian market, Managing Director, Samsung Nigeria Charlie Lee said, “Today is quite remarkable as we introduce Galaxy A04s, ‘The Eagle’. People want a device that is convenient, safe and affordable.

“They want a device that is a one-stop shop to enjoy watching movies, playing games and be productive at the same time.

“Galaxy A04s, another pocket-friendly mobile device from Samsung has been launched in Nigeria to edge out competition, ahead of other emerging markets.

“The Galaxy A04s is an impressive device at excellent value that builds on our growing Galaxy A Series portfolio”.

“With the Galaxy A04s, our customers can experience next-generation performance, demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to providing accessible devices without compromising on quality.”

Following the current economic situation ravaging the country, Joy Tim-Ayoola, HOD MX division added that Samsung through a pay small small scheme called Flex Pay has provided the opportunity for consumers to buy the device and pay in 3-12 months’ installment with as low as N11,000 per month.

She also stated that users of the device can also repair their screens for as low as N12,500 with no limits to frequency or time. Samsung’s launch of its A04s is coming a year after it launched the A03s in 2021.

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FSDH Merchant Bank Receives Approval from AfDB for $25 Million Finance Facility to Support SMEs

African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $25 million credit facility for FSDH Merchant Bank to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.

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African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $25 million credit facility for FSDH Merchant Bank to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.

FSDH, which provides investment banking and security trading services, received a $15 million trade finance line of credit and another $10 million in loan transaction guarantee to provide loans for SMEs.

Following several limitations faced by SMEs in the country which have stifled their growth, the $25 million facility will enable FSDH to work towards ensuring the growth of SMEs by reducing the trade finance gap in Nigeria and ensuring the availability of funds for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industrial sector.

The Bank will also guarantee up to 100% of non-payment risks arising from letters of credit and similar trade finance instruments issued by FSDH under the guarantee portion. This will allow confirmation of trade transactions originated by FSDH, benefiting local import and export businesses.

Overall, the facility will catalyze more than $200 million of trade finance transactions across multi-sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, and energy over the next three years.

Speaking on the recently approved funds, the Director General of The African Development Bank (AFDB), Lamin Barrow said: “The availability of trade finance instruments to drive post-pandemic economic recovery efforts cannot be overemphasized.

“Hence, the Bank’s financing will help eligible Nigerian SMEs to take advantage of existing and emerging opportunities in the domestic and regional markets.”

Also commenting is the Bank’s Director for Financial Sector Development, Stefan Nalletamby, he said, “We are excited about finalizing this facility with FSDH as having the Bank as a partner will aid FSDH in scaling up its trade finance offerings in Nigeria to help meet the ever-increasing trade finance gap.

“This partnership is expected to catalyze more than $200 million value of trade finance transactions across multi-sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and energy over the next 3.5 years.” 

The African Development Bank (AFDB) anchors its current Nigeria strategy on two pillars which are supporting infrastructure development and promoting social inclusion through agribusiness and skills development.

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Access Bank Plans Expansion Into Angolan Market

Access Holdings Plc has announced its planned acquisition of  a 51 percent majority equity stake in Angolan Bank, Finibanco.

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Access Holdings Plc has announced its planned acquisition of  a 51 percent majority equity stake in Angolan Bank, Finibanco.

Investors King learnt that Access Bank Plc is expanding its presence to Angola through the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Finibanco.

The acquisition of Finibanco was disclosed in a filing to the Nigerian Exchange Limited by Access Holdings Plc.

Finibanco is a full-service commercial bank with over 20 branches and around $300 million in total assets in Angola.

According to Access Holding Secretary, Mr Sunday Ekwochi, the Angolan market as the sixth largest economy in Africa and the seventh largest country overall, with a vast and diversified natural resource base and a growing population, represents a strong potential for the bank’s growth aspirations

The Secretary further stated that the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in Nigeria and Angola. The transaction is expected to be completed during the first half of 2023. This will however be subjected to customary conditions.

Access Bank has been on an acquisition spree since the beginning of 2021. The acquisition of a majority stake in Finibanco makes it Access’s sixth acquisition in the last 18 months.

In June 2022, it acquired a $37 million stake in Kenya Sidian Bank. Other acquisitions include African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited, African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited, as well as Cavmont Bank.

Access bank is one of the leading banks in Nigeria. As a commercial bank, it operates through a network of more than 700 branches and service outlets, spanning 3 continents, 17 markets and 45 million customers.

The lending bank employs 28,000 people in its operations in Nigeria and has subsidiaries in sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. It also has a branch in Dubai, UAE and representative offices in China, Lebanon and India.

As at 31 March 2022, Access Bank had total assets of approximately US $28.8 billion.

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