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Fidelity Bank Plc Appoints Abolore Solebo as Executive Director, Corporate Banking

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Fidelity Bank Plc has appointed Mr. Abolore Solebo as Executive Director, Corporate Banking Directorate.

The appointment has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria and notice of the same was communicated to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation and Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria.

The appointment is in furtherance of the Bank’s strategic objectives.

The Board is confident that Mr. Abolore Solebo will make significant contributions to the growth and development of the Bank and looks forward to working closely with him to achieve its strategic objectives.

Profile of Abolore Solebo

Abolore Solebo joins the Board of Fidelity Bank Plc with over 24 years of extensive financial services and general management experience in Corporate, Investment, Commercial, Retail and Transaction Banking, EnterpriseWide Risk Management, Corporate Strategy and Consulting in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Since joining the Bank in 2008 as a Senior Manager, Abolore has held key positions including Head, Corporate Bank Directorate Analyst Group (2008); Division Head, Upstream (2010); Division Head, Energy & Power/Project Finance (2017) and serves on various Management Committees.

Abolore was Acting Head of the Corporate Bank Directorate from 2021 until his appointment as Executive Director and is the recipient of several performance awards in the Bank.

Before joining the Bank, Abolore worked at Shell International Trading and Shipping Co Ltd, London as a Credit Risk QA Analyst on the Global Credit Initiative Project for its global trading operations between 2007 and 2008.

He began his career as a Trainee Banking Officer at Citizens International Bank Plc in 1999. He later moved to Broad Bank of Nigeria Plc as a Banking Officer in 2002 after which he left for the UK and returned to Nigeria in 2008 to join the Bank.

Aside from being a seasoned corporate banker with experience in various sectors of the economy, he is also an Energy Sector expert. Abolore is a keynote speaker and resource person on Oil and Gas matters in Nigeria and has been involved in multibillion dollar projects/finance transactions.

He holds an MBA from London Business School (UK), an MSc in Financial Management and Economics (Middlesex University, UK) with Distinction, and a BSc in Accounting from Ogun State University.

He has attended executive management and leadership programmes at international business schools including Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and London Business School.

Abolore is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and a member of The Energy Institute UK (Nigeria Branch).

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Businessinsider, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Dame (DR.) Adaora Umeoji Named Zenith Bank GMD/CEO

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Zenith Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji, OON, as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive with effect from June 1, 2024, subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

She takes over from Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, whose five-year term expires on May 31, 2024, after a very successful tenure.

Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji is the first female GMD/CEO since the inception of the bank, and her appointment is consistent with the bank’s executive transition tradition, succession plan, and strategy of grooming leaders from within.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Umeoji has been the Deputy Managing Director of the bank since October 28, 2016 and has close to thirty (30) years cognate banking experience of which twenty-six (26) years has been with Zenith Bank.

She is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School where she attended the Advanced Management Program (AMP) and an alumnus of Columbia Business School with a Certificate in the Global Banking Program.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Jos, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a First-Class honors in Law from Baze University, Abuja.

She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Salford, United Kingdom, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Calabar, and also has a doctorate in business administration from Apollos University, USA.

She holds a Certificate in Economics for Business from the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management, USA, and has attended various management programmes in renowned Universities around the world including the strategic thinking and Management programme at Wharton Business School, USA.

She also attended the executive program in Strategic Management, and has a Certificate in Leading Global Business all from Harvard Business School, USA.

She is a fellow of notable professional bodies including the Chartered Banker Institute, UK, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Management, Institute of Credit Administration, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria among others.

In 2022, the Federal Government of Nigeria honored Dr. Umeoji with Officer of the Order of the Niger, as a recognition of her contributions to nation building. She is a Peace Advocate of the United Nations (UN-POLAC).

She has impacted many lives through her philanthropic and humanitarian activities through her NGOs; Pink Breathe Cancer Foundation and the Adorable Foundation that educates, caters for Cancer patients and indigent children education especially the Girl-Child.

Her contribution to humanity was recognized by the Sun Newspaper which recently bestowed on her the Humanitarian Service Icon Award for 2023.

As a result of her passion for promoting professionalism in the banking industry and improving the well-being of the less privileged, Dr. Adaora Umeoji, OON founded the Catholic Bankers Association of Nigeria (CBAN), a platform she uses to promote ethical banking and service to humanity.

She is a Lady of the Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI), and was awarded a Papal Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester by His Holiness Pope Francis.

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Heirs Technology Appoints Obong Idiong as Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Heirs Technology, the latest subsidiary of investment powerhouse Heirs Holdings, has announced the appointment of Obong Idiong as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

This move marks a significant step in the company’s mission to spearhead Africa’s digital transformation through innovative and locally tailored solutions.

Idiong, who previously served as the Managing Director/CEO at Africa Prudential Plc, brings a wealth of experience and a visionary approach to his new role.

During his tenure at Africa Prudential Plc, he led the digital transformation of its registrar services, positioning the company as a technology-driven organization.

His track record of success and expertise in the technology sector make him well-suited to lead Heirs Technology into a new era of growth and innovation.

In his statement following the appointment, Idiong expressed pride in bringing Heirs Holdings’ core values and business approach to the tech sector.

He highlighted the company’s commitment to excellence, execution, and enterprise, aiming to bridge the gap in the technology ecosystem by delivering local relevance to a global market and offering cutting-edge solutions to enhance competitiveness.

Also, Dr. Fumbi Chima has been appointed as the Chair of Heirs Technology. With her extensive experience in technology leadership roles across global organizations, including Adidas, Fox Network Group, and Walmart, Chima brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to her new role.

She expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to unlock Africa’s potential through Heirs Technology, confident that the company will make a meaningful impact on the continent’s digital landscape.

Heirs Technology’s strategic appointments underscore its commitment to driving Africa’s digital agenda forward and positioning the continent as a leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Access Holdings Welcomes Back Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede as Chairman After 10 Years

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Access Holdings PLC, a prominent Nigerian financial institution, has announced the return of Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, CFR, as its Non-Executive Chairman after a decade-long hiatus from the organization’s leadership.

Aig-Imoukhuede, a distinguished figure in the Nigerian banking sector, previously served as the pioneering Group Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank.

The decision to reinstate Aig-Imoukhuede as Chairman follows the untimely passing of the former Group CEO, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR.

With the passing of Dr. Wigwe, Access Holdings sought to fill the void in its leadership by inviting Aig-Imoukhuede back to steer the organization forward.

Aig-Imoukhuede brings with him a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success from his previous tenure at Access Bank.

During his leadership at Access Bank from 2002 to 2013, the institution underwent significant growth and transformation, emerging as one of Nigeria’s top five banks with a presence in multiple African countries and the United Kingdom.

In his new role as Non-Executive Chairman, Aig-Imoukhuede will collaborate closely with the Board of Directors to oversee the strategic direction of Access Holdings.

His return signifies the Board’s commitment to building upon the foundation laid by him and Dr. Wigwe, with a focus on driving sustained growth and value creation for stakeholders.

Expressing his excitement about Aig-Imoukhuede’s return, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, the former Chairman of Access Holdings, highlighted the significance of the appointment for the organization’s future.

Aig-Imoukhuede himself expressed his enthusiasm for rejoining the Access Group ecosystem, affirming his dedication to realizing the shared vision for the institution’s success.

The return of Aig-Imoukhuede to Access Holdings heralds a new chapter for the organization, characterized by his expertise, passion, and commitment to excellence.

Under his leadership, Access Holdings is poised to embark on a journey of impactful growth and sustainable success.

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