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Ecobank Group Appoints Jubril Mobolaji Lawal as Regional Executive and Managing Director Designate for Ecobank Nigeria

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Ecobank Group, the leading pan-African banking group, announces that Jubril Mobolaji Lawal has been appointed as Regional Executive and Managing Director designate of Ecobank Nigeria, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The appointment is made ahead of Patrick Akinwuntan’s upcoming retirement, due to him reaching retirement age in January 2022.

Mobolaji Lawal joins Ecobank having been a versatile senior banking executive and digital transformation specialist for over 28 years with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. He has deep involvement and experience in digital and retail banking, corporate and commercial banking, credit risk management and corporate finance. His previous experience includes being Executive Director at GTBank Plc Nigeria, and Non-Executive Director roles at both GTBank Ghana Limited and Nigeria Interbank Settlement Systems Plc. Mobolaji led the team that envisioned and implemented GTBank Plc’s retail and digital banking strategy to achieve industry-wide leadership over a ten-year period and he introduced new products and solutions that have helped to deepen payments and access to digital financial services in Nigeria.

Mobolaji was selected and appointed as Managing Director designate following a keenly contested selection process, which included both internal and external candidates.

Mobolaji Lawal holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; B.L. from the Nigerian Law School and a Master of Business Administration from Oxford University, United Kingdom. He has also attended several executive management and banking specific developmental programmes at leading educational institutions including Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD).

Commenting on the appointment, Ade Ayeyemi, CEO, Ecobank Group said: “We welcome Mobolaji Lawal to the Ecobank Group and we stand to benefit from the extensive experience that he has acquired in various fields across banking, which will play a major role in continuing to rebuild our franchise in Nigeria. Nigeria is a key market for us, in which we have seen significant improvement over the past three years as we reposition and leverage upon our pan-African strengths in digital products and services, payments and as the go-to-bank for businesses seeking to grasp the growth opportunities being created by the AfCFTA, across all our markets on the continent. I wish Mobolaji the best and assure him of both my support and that of the entire Ecobank Group.”

Mrs. Bola Adesola, the Chairman of the Board of Ecobank Nigeria said: “We look forward to working with Mobolaji and assure him of the full support of the Board, Management and all the staff of Ecobank Nigeria. The business in Nigeria is on the path of transformation and we are confident that Mobolaji will have significant impact in advancing our positive trajectory.”

Mobolaji Lawal will assume the position of Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, upon receiving the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria and after Patrick Akinwuntan retires.

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Former First Bank Chairman, Ibukun Awosika Joins Binance Advisory Board

A former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika has been appointed to the Binance Advisory Board

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A former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika has been appointed to the Binance Advisory Board. 

Investors King learnt that one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange companies, Binance, has appointed Ibukun Awosika on its advisory board. Binance is believed to be the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume. 

The former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria was selected among other eminent people which include Max Bacus Former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; Hyung-Rin Bang, advisor of the Korea Presidential Committee; Bruno Bézard, managing partner at Cathay Capital, former economic advisor to the French Prime Minister and ex-head of the French Treasury; Henrique de Campos Meirelles. 

The list also includes a former president of the Central Bank of Brazil; Leslie Maasdorp, the chief financial officer of the New Development Bank; Adalberto Palma, former senior advisor to the President of Mexico; Christin Schäfer, founder of ACS Plus; Ed Vaizey, a member of the UK House of Lords; David Wright, chair of Eurofi. 

The appointment of the advisory board will help the Binance exchange to break new boundaries in the face of crypto regulation challenges. 

It should be recalled that in June 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) ordered Binance to halt all UK-regulated activity over worries about weak consumer protection. Similarly, in May 2021, Bloomberg News reported that Binance is being investigated by the United States Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service for money laundering and tax evasion. 

The Central Bank of Nigeria has also banned cryptocurrency-related transactions in Nigeria. In a circular released in February 2021, the Central bank reaffirm a 2017 directive to financial institutions to block any account that transacts in cryptocurrency. 

However, despite the overwhelming opposition to cryptocurrency, millions of retail investors keep embracing it, especially in West Africa. 

In July 2022, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) rated the West African country third among countries with the highest number of cryptocurrency holders in Africa. The report also stated that more than 13 million Nigerians are in possession of digital assets

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FBN Insurance Limited Appoints Tunde Mimiko as New Managing Director

FBN Insurance Limited has appointed Tunde Mimiko as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Mr. Val Ojumah.

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FBN Insurance Limited has appointed Tunde Mimiko as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Mr. Val Ojumah.

According to the statement released by FBN Insurance Limited, Mr Val Ojumah will remain with the company until April 2023 in an advisory role to support a smooth transition. 

Val Ojumah had been the Managing Director since the inception of FBN Insurance. He has helped to grow the brand to become one of the most successful and celebrated businesses in Nigeria.

The Chairman of FBN Insurance, Dr Femi Oyetunji, extols the credentials of the newly appointed MD, Tunde Mimiko. 

“Tunde brings over two decades of versatile and trusted financial services experience to our business, with a track record of excellence and integrity.  We are confident of his ability to take FBN Insurance to greater heights.” He said. 

Before joining FBN Insurance, Tunde Mimiko was an Executive Director (Operations) at FBN General Insurance. As a seasoned insurance professional, he has over 23 years in life and general insurance traversing sales and marketing, strategy and business development, mission planning and technical development.

Tunde Mimiko holds an MBA in Financial Management, from Lagos State University, he is also a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, a fellow of Insurance Institute of Canada and an Alumnus of Lagos Business School. 

The new MD of FBN Insurance is expected to bring his wealth of experience to the company. 

Meanwhile, the chairman of FBN Insurance also appreciated the outgoing MD for his rare and outstanding service. 

“We thank Val Ojumah for his rare leadership, service, dedication, and strong commitment to the success of FBN Insurance. Under Val’s leadership, FBN Insurance has experienced monumental growth and is today recognised as Nigeria’s leading insurance company.” He stated. 

Incorporated in 2010, FBN Insurance was awarded the best Life Insurance Company in 2014. The company acquired a 100 percent stake in Oasis Insurance Plc and overturn Oasis’s loss position within one year. The Oasis deal won FBN Insurance the M&A Atlas Award (Africa deal of the year). 

In 2017, FBN Insurance was awarded the fastest growing insurance and best Life Insurance Company in Nigeria. In 2018, FBN Insurance was rated A+ by a Credit Rating Agency, Agusto and Co, and awarded the Most Profitable Life Insurance Company in Nigeria. 

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Heritage Bank Plc Announced George-Taylor Akinola As New Acting Managing Director

Heritage Bank Plc has appointed Akinola George-Taylor as its new Managing Director in an acting capacity

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Following the approval of the Board of Directors and Central Bank of Nigeria, Heritage Bank Plc has appointed Akinola George-Taylor as its new Managing Director in an acting capacity.

Goerge-Taylor will take over from Dr Ifie Sekibo who has been with the bank for more than 10 years. As an experienced banker with more than 20 years working in the banking and financial services sector, Taylor is expected to oversee the bank operation in Nigeria and lead it to new heights. 

Taylor started his banking career in 1993 with GTBank where George-Taylor rose to the position of Executive Director in charge of Public Sector Group, Abuja and North Central. 

Whilst at the Bank, he has held various positions in different business sectors. He was also Managing Director of GTBank in Sierra Leone between 2005 and 2009.

The bank also announced the appointment of Osepiribo Ben-Willie and George Oko-Oboh as executive directors. 

While Ben-Willie is currently the Directorate Head South-South, South-East and Private Wealth Management Team in Heritage, Oko-Oboh currently heads the Abuja and North Directorate Business of Heritage Bank Plc. 

The bank further stated that the newly appointed Acting Managing Director and his team of Executive Directors commenced their respective tenors on Monday 12th September 2022. 

Heritage bank plc is one of the oldest commercial banks in Nigeria. It was founded in 2012. However, its root could be traced to the late 1970s with the defunct Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria. 

Amid the new minimum capital requirement of the Central Bank, Societe Generale Bank was closed down by the CBN in 2006. The bank however challenged the closure in court. 

In December 2012, the Central Bank re-issued Societe Generale’s banking license. Having acquired the banking license, the new ownership re-branded the bank as Heritage Banking Company Limited and opened for business under the new name on 4 March 2013.

 

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