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Fidelity Bank announces retirement of Deputy Managing Director, appoints new Executive Director

Fidelity Bank Plc has announced the retirement of Mohammed Balarabe as the company’s Deputy Managing Director (DMD).

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Fidelity Bank announces retirement of Deputy Managing Director 

Fidelity Bank Plc has announced the retirement of Mohammed Balarabe as the company’s Deputy Managing Director (DMD). In a statement by Fidelity Bank’s Company Secretary, Ezinwa Unuigboje, the lender disclosed that Balarabe’s retirement would take effect from Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

The Details: This notification is in line with the Bank’s Human Capital Policy and predicated on the attainment of retirement age.

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The lender also stated that Balarabe’s retirement was approved by the Board of Directors while the Central Bank of Nigeria was also notified of the change.

In addition to this notification, the bank disclosed that Hassan Imam has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the North Directorate. The appointment would take effect from Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

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Mohammed Balarabe’s Profile: Mohammed Balarabe was appointed to the Board of Fidelity Bank on April 1, 2012, and as Deputy Managing Director (DMD) on May 2, 2016.

He currently serves as the Deputy Managing Director and is also in charge of Commercial and Consumer Banking (North), with responsibilities covering the management of Fidelity Bank’s locations in Northern Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He is well experienced across various aspects of banking spanning more than 25 years, Balarabe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, and an M.Sc. in Finance from the University of Lagos. He is a chartered stockbroker and dealing member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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Mohammed Balarabe was an Executive Director with Oceanic Bank International Plc and Ecobank Nigeria Limited prior to joining Fidelity Bank Plc. He was also a General Manager in United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc and had been the General Manager & Chief Executive of Newdevco Finance Services Company Limited.

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Hassan Imam’s Profile: Hassan Imam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, two regular Masters’ Degrees, and an MBA. He has attended a number of executive and banking-specific programmes in leading educational and professional institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton.

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He has 25 years of comprehensive experience across various areas of Banking including; Commercial Banking, Consumer Banking, SMEs, Institutional Banking, Trade Finance, Operations, Treasury and Risk Management. He served in roles pertaining to Fidelity Bank‘s Commercial, SME, Consumer and Public Sector business in the North Directorate comprising 18 states and Abuja.

He currently serves as the Executive Director, Regional Head Abuja 1 Bank.

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Reincarnated as a lover of stocks, Angel investors, seed funds, and anything aligned to tech or startups raising money, Joseph's work at Nairametrics involves following the money to wherever it leads. Before joining Nairametrics, he won an investigative journalism fellowship with ICIR, appeared in several national dallies, with hard-hitting opinions, features and investigative pieces. He has also engaged in content marketing and copywriting for a top e-commerce firm in Nigeria.

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AfDB appoints Rabah Arezki as new vice president and chief economist 

Before Arezki joined the World Bank, he worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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AfDB appoints Rabah Arezki as new vice president and chief economist 

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the appointment of Dr Rabah Arezki as  Chief Economist and Vice President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, with effect from October 1, 2020. 

This was disclosed in a press statement on the bank’s website on July 13, 2020. 

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Dr Rabah Arezkiwho is an Algerian citizen, is currently the Chief Economist for Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank, a role he has held since 2017. 

At the World Bank, he led the development of the Bank’s “moonshot approach” for the Middle East and Africa which aims to achieve full internet and digital payment connectivity. He championed the agenda on fair competition, data and transparency to empower and unlock the potential of the region’s youth. 

Before Arezki joined the World Bank, he worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2006 to 2017. He started his career at the IMF as an Economist and became the Chief of the Commodities and Environment Unit in the Research Department. He provided leadership on IMF’s rapid response to the historical collapse in oil prices that started in 2014. He advised authorities all around the world on risk mitigation policies. 

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Dr Arezki is a senior fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, an external Research Associate at the Oxford University, UK, a research fellow at the CESifo, a global independent research network. Dr. Arezki is also a resource person for the African Economic Research Consortium and a Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum. He has been a non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute, USA. 

He has published extensively both in top academic journals and policy-oriented outlets and is a co-editor and co-author of five books including Shifting Commodity Markets in a Globalized World. Many of his research papers have been cited extensively in academic circles and in prominent media outlets.  

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In his statement after his appointment, Dr Arezki said, The African Development Bank is making excellent progress in accelerating Africa’s development. I am excited with the opportunity to work with President Adesina and the Bank’s leadership and teams to further provide top notch policy, knowledge and capacity building support for African countries.” 

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Dr Arezki holds a Masters in Economics and Statistics from Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) – France (2003), and a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute – Italy (2006). He is multilingual and fluent in French, English, and Arabic. 

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In his own response, the President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, said, I am delighted that Dr. Rabah Arezki is joining the African Development Bank Group following an impactful career at the World Bank and the IMF. Rabah is an outstanding researcher and policy expert with extensive experience in research, policy and reforms.” 

“His leadership will be especially important as the Bank designs and deploys policy-based operations to address COVID-19, advances policy reforms, and supports African countries growth recovery efforts from the pandemic,” Adesina added. 

 

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Ecobank Transnational appoints Alain Nkontchou as new Chairman

“I am honoured to be appointed as Chairman of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.”

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) has announced the appointment of Alain Nkontchou as its new Chairman of the board of directors.

Nkontchou, who is Camerounian by nationality, has been serving as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the pan-African banking group since 2015. A statement made available to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) confirmed that his latest appointment took effect on June 30, 2020.

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The Camerounian is taking over from Nigeria’s Emmanuel Ikazoboh, whose six-year tenure as Chairman of Ecobank’s holding company ended last month, even as he just reached the retirement age of 70.  The company also noted that the new appointment is in tandem with its Articles of Association.

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While reacting to his own appointment as Chairman, Alain Nkontchou said he is quite honoured and that he was looking forward to working with the rest of the board members.

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“I am honoured to be appointed as Chairman of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. Having served on its Board since 2015, I have seen Ecobank’s resilience and its proud history, built on strong foundation to secure the Bank’s future success. I look forward to working with the Board and Executive team as we continue our journey ahead and I know that we are well-placed to navigate through the current environment and set the standards in financial services for our customers across Africa. I would also like to express my thanks to my predecessor, Mr Emmanuel Ikazoboh, for his leadership of the Board and to wish him all the best for the future,” he said.

Alain Nkontchou co-founded Enko Capital Management LLP, a London-based asset management company with Johannesburg office. He currently serves as the Managing Partner and of the firm which specialises in prospecting investment opportunities in Africa.

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Prior to this time, ETI’s newly-appointed Chairman was a Non-Executive Director at Laurent Perrier champagne between 1999 and 2009. He was also the Managing Director of Credit Suisse’s Global Macro Trading from 1995 to 2008. He held a similar role at JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Meanwhile, from 1989 to 1994, Nkontchou worked with Chemical Bank first in Paris and then New York. At the bank, he rose through the ranks to become the Vice- President, Head of Trading, and Sales. Apparently, he is an accomplished business executive.

Alain Nkontchou obtained an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Supélec and P.M. Curie University, Paris, and another MSc in Finance and Accounting from ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).

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It should be noted that ETI’s stock closed yesterday’s trading session on the Nigerian Stock Exchange with a share price of N4.80. The share price gained by +1.05% to appreciate from its previous close of N4.75. Year to date, ETI’s share price has declined by about 22%.

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Seplat appoints Emeka Onwuka as CFO

Onwuka has over 30 years’ experience in financial services across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Seplat appoints Emeka Onwuka as CFO

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc. has appointed Mr. Emeka Onwuka as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Lagos, and London.

The appointment takes effect from August 1, 2020.

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The appointment was announced in a notice sent to the Nigeria Stock Exchange on Friday and has been ratified by the company’s board of directors.

According to the notice which was signed by the company secretary and chief governance compliance officer, Mrs. Edith Onwuchekwa, the Board of Seplat is confident that “the wealth of knowledge and experience Onwuka brings will be a great addition to the Company”.

Mr. Onwuka has over 30 years’ experience in financial services across Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Onwuka is a Partner at Andersen Tax Nigeria and holds various Board positions as Chairman; FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited; Director FMDQ Holdings Limited; Director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited; and Director, Bharti Airtel Nigeria.

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He was also the former Group Managing Director /CEO of Diamond Bank Plc and former Chairman of Enterprise Bank Limited.

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He is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

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Mr. Onwuka received his B.SC. in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and holds an MBA from the University of Benin.

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He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School.

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Onwuka also holds the Nigerian National Honor, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

 

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