By Modupe Gbadeyanka
As part of strategic positioning to sustain its growth trajectory through skills rotation, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group, has announced appointments and changes in some senior management positions in some of its subsidiaries.
In a statement signed by its scribe, Chidi Okezie, it was disclosed that Mr Wole Adeniyi, who until recently was the Executive Director in charge of Operations at Stanbic IBTC Bank, has been appointed Executive Director in charge of Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank.
This followed the appointment of Mr Babatunde Macaulay, the erstwhile Executive Director, as Regional Head, Personal and Business Banking for Standard Bank West Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Also, the Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, Mrs Bunmi Dayo-Olagunju, assumes a new role as Deputy Head, Operations, Stanbic IBTC Bank.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Mr Yinka Sanni, “These appointments are expected to strengthen our executive management by enhancing efficiency and competitiveness, as we continue the process of building Nigeria’s foremost end-to-end financial solutions provider with distinctive edge across the various market segments.”
“The new appointees bring a deep blend of expertise, experience and enthusiasm, which will be instrumental in driving further growth in the medium and long terms,” he added.
In affirming the Standard Bank Group’s determination to build first-class, on-the-ground operations across Africa, Mr Sanni said Stanbic IBTC would continuously invest in training and retraining of employees to ensure a professionally-driven workforce with a pool of requisite skills and talent to deliver optimal customer value.
“These appointments demonstrate our focus on growth opportunities for our people, support for individual career development and capacity building for a sustainable business,” Mr Sanni said.
As Executive Director, Personal and Business Banking, Mr Adeniyi will provide strategic lead to help consolidate, sustain and accelerate its strategy, especially within the retail banking ecosystem where the bank has witnessed significant growth in the last couple of years through its investment in digitization, youth focus and customer centric approach.
Mr Adeniyi has over 25 years’ banking experience, spanning, Treasury Operations, International Trade, Business Operations and Banking Operations.
Before his latest appointment as the Executive Director Operations, he was responsible for leading various strategic projects for Stanbic IBTC group, including the Core Banking projects (versions 1 & 2), repositioning overall business operations towards the necessary customer focus, agility and automation required to improve overall corporate efficiency.
Similarly, Mrs Binta Max-Gbinije has been named Head, Commercial Banking and Public Sector Group, Stanbic IBTC Bank; Mr Babatunde Akindele as Zonal Head, Lagos Island, Stanbic IBTC Bank: Mrs Nike Bajomo was appointed to Executive Director, Business Development, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited, while Ms Olusola Carrena and Mrs Oyinda Akinyemi were appointed Executive Directors of Stanbic IBTC Capital.
According to the statement, regulatory approvals have been secured for all the appointment.
Prior to her appointment, Mrs Max-Gbinije, was the Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Trustees. She was Head of Expert Banking in Stanbic IBTC and pioneered the team that is the bedrock of the bank’s Commercial Banking today before her move to wealth to start up Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited, a subsidiary of the Group.
On her part, Mrs Bajomo has over 20 years post-graduation experience in different industry sectors including Financial Services and Information Technology.
She joined the company in 2008 as the Head of Business Development department and has since led the department through several transformational growth strategies.
Prior to her joining Stanbic IBTC in 2008, she was Head of Sales and Marketing at Pensions Alliance Limited. Her hands-on experience and sterling track record in business development and client service will definitely be instrumental in helping the business maintain its standing as Nigeria’s biggest pension fund administrator, even as the current growth rate in operations is further strengthened.
Ms Carrena joined Stanbic IBTC in May 2012 as a manager in the Financial Advisory team within Investment Banking and was appointed Head of Financial Advisory in 2014. She has 17 years’ experience spanning Financial Advisory, Private Equity and Business Operations, while Mrs Akinyemi joined the legacy Investment Banking & Trust Company (IBTC) in 2001 and rose through the ranks in the Corporate Finance team previously serving as Head, Financial Advisory before assuming her current position of Head, Equity Capital Markets in 2009.
As Executive Directors of Stanbic IBTC Capital, Ms Carrena and Mrs Akinyemi will bring to bear an unmatched combination of wealth of experience and sterling track records in their new positions.
ECOWAS Trade Network Re-elects Nigeria’s Yakusak Ezra as President
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Yakusak Ezra, has been re-elected as the President of ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisations (TPOs) Network in Accra, Ghana.
With the election, Mr Ezra is to serve another one-year tenure and will lead 15 other member ECOWAS countries in driving trade within the sub-region.
A statement signed by Mr Ndubueze Okeke, Head, Corporate Communications of NEPC said Mr Ezra’s re-election was also in line with Article 11 of the ECOWAS TPO Network.
“The ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organization is a network of all Trade Promotion Organizations in West Africa established by the decisions of the Council of Ministers at the Ordinary Session.
”Nigeria became the pioneer president in April 2021. Dr Ezra became the president following the expiration of the tenure of Mr Awolowo as ED/CEO of NEPC.
”The re-election of Dr Ezra was at the end of 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Network held at Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana from 19th – 20th May 2022.
”He was re-elected along with the vice president, Mr Ben Guy Mbangue from Cote’ D’Ivoire.
“The duo constitute the Executive Bureau of the Network and the tenure expires after one year. All members present unanimously re-elected the President and Vice President respectively,” the statement said.
ECOWAS TPO Network is a public-sector led entity and will work in partnership with the ECOWAS commission to drive inclusive trade development initiatives within West Africa and beyond.
The body is part of steps towards building mutual trust and cooperation without borders within the ECOWAS region. As of today, intra-Africa exports only account for about 16 per cent of Africa’s global export, and more specifically intra-ECOWAS trade only accounts for a tenth of ECOWAS countries’ global trade.
FG Names Anamekwe Nwabuoku as Acting Accountant General
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Mr Anamekwe Nwabuoku has been appointed by the federal government as the acting Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
The appointment of Mr Nwabuoku followed the suspension of Mr Ahmed Idris from office after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested him over an alleged N80 billion.
Last Monday, the anti-graft agency apprehended Mr Idris after his failure to honour an invitation extended to him over the matter.
He was taken into the EFCC custody to answer questions about the alleged fraud and to ensure an “unhindered investigation,” the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, asked him to step aside.
This action led to the postponement of the monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) last week as the embattled AGF leads the gathering.
In order not to create a vacuum, the federal government has asked Mr Nwabuoku to head the office in an acting capacity pending the outcome of the probe into the fraud allegation against Mr Idris.
His appointment was confirmed in a letter dated Friday, May 20, 2022, and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mr Aliyu Ahmed.
According to the notice, the acting AGF is expected to carry out his duties in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism.
Semiu Adeniran Becomes Nigeria’s Statistician-General, NBS Chief
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A professional statistician, Mr Semiu Adeniran, has become the substantive Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The appointment of Mr Adeniran was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, a statement signed on Friday by Sufuyan Ojeifo, the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, disclosed.
The new Nigeria’s statistician-general was selected for the job following the death of the former occupier of the position, Mr Harry Simon on April 13, 2022.
According to the statement today, prior to his new appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the stats office.
The new NBS CEO has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions and has a bias toward Demography and Social Statistics.
It was stated that the appointment is with immediate effect.
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