Fidelity Bank Realigns for Next Growth Phase, Appoints New Executive Directors

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As part of corporate realignment and repositioning for the next growth phase, the Board of Directors of Fidelity Bank Plc has announced the appointment of three new Executive Directors.

The Board which met in Lagos recently, approved the appointments of Gbolahan Joshua as Executive Director/Chief Operations and Information Officer; Obaro Odeghe, Executive Director, Corporate Bank and Hassan Imam, Executive Director, Northern Directorate, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Obaro Odeghe
Obaro Odeghe
Gbolahan Joshua
Gbolahan Joshua
Hassan Imam
Hassan Imam

Gbolahan will have executive responsibilities for Operations, Technology, Digital Banking, Investor Relations, Strategy and Business Transformation.

Obaro on his part will oversee all the bank’s corporate banking business covering Energy, Power, Manufacturing, Telecoms, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Construction and Real Estate while Hassan will supervise all Commercial, SME, Consumer and Public Sector businesses of Fidelity Bank in the North Directorate, comprising 18 states and Abuja.

The elevation of the 3 erstwhile General Managers to Executive Director positions, is consistent with the bank’s new succession strategy of grooming leaders from within.

“Over the years, we have worked assiduously at proactively preparing our people and growing the talent and leadership pool in the bank, so that when opportunities arise, we do not always have to look outside. I am most delighted that our 3 new EDs were all appointed from within”, Fidelity Bank CEO, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo said.

The strong and cohesive Board of Directors of Fidelity Bank is Chaired by Mr. Ernest Ebi, former Deputy Governor, CBN.

The Board has 3 female Executive Directors; the largest on any bank Board and is comprised of seasoned businessmen/technocrats as members.

“We welcome Gbolahan, Obaro and Hassan to the Board. Collectively they have with them, varied and deep industry knowledge and relevant experiences that will not only deepen but engender even more robust discussions and engagements at Board level”, Chairman, Fidelity Bank, Mr. Ebi said.

Gbolahan attended Kings College Lagos and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He is a Chartered Accountant and has attended several executive and banking specific programs in leading educational and professional institutions including Harvard, IMD, and Euromoney. He has 20 years of comprehensive experience across various areas of Assurance and Banking including, Operations, Technology, Digital Banking, Strategy, Business Transformation, Finance, Treasury, Mergers and Acquisitions

Obaro attended Edo College Benin and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and an MBA. He has gained exposures from top global educational and professional institutions including Harvard, Wharton and Kelloggs. He has 24 years of banking experience across various areas of Banking including; Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, SMEs, Consumer Banking, Institutional Banking, Trade Finance and Operations.

Hassan on his part, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, has two Masters’ Degrees and an MBA. He has attended programs in Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and other leading international educational and professional institutions. 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.

Meanwhile, Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria, with over 4.2 million customers who are serviced across its 240 business offices and various other digital banking channels.

Focused on select niche Corporate Banking sectors as well as Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Fidelity Bank is rapidly implementing a digital based retail banking strategy which has resulted in an exponential growth in deposits and a corresponding surge in customer enrollment on the bank’s flagship mobile/internet banking products.

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