Ambassador Joe Keshi is the new Chairman, UBA Board of Directors

A new chairman has
emerged for United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc following the retirement of the
former Chairman Chief Israel Ogbue, after twelve years as a director of the
pan-African bank.
Outgoing Chairman, Chief Israel Ogbue (middle); new Chairman Ambassador Joe
Keshi(left) and GMD/CEO, Mr. Phillips Oduoza  during a meeting of the
Board of Directors of United Bank for Africa Plc in Lagos.
 The new chairman is Ambassador Joe Keshi.  He was first appointed to the Board of UBA in
2010 and was made Vice Chairman on January 1, 2011. He has over 35 years
working experience at the highest levels of government as a career diplomat,
serving as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent
Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, The Presidency, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of
Nigeria, The Hague, Netherlands and Consul-General of Nigeria, Atlanta,
He is widely
travelled and a recipient of many awards including officer of the order of the
Niger (OON) conferred on him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
 “It has been a pleasure serving the Bank. I
have worked with a group of men and women who have been responsible for forging
an extraordinary transformation in Nigerian and African banking. Ambassador
Keshi is an admirable choice to lead the Bank in its next growth phase” said
retiring Chairman, Chief Ogbue.
 The Board also appointed Mrs. Rose Ada
Okwechime as Vice Chairman. Mrs. Okwechime is the Managing Director of the
Abbey Building Society Plc and has played a leading role in financial services
for over 36 years, including time spent with the Bank of England. She has been
on UBA’s board for more than seven years.
She holds a Master
of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, in addition to being a renowned Fellow
of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. She is also a Member of the
Chartered Institute of Bankers of the United Kingdom, as well as an Affiliate
Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
She is an Alumnus
of the prestigious Institute Management Development (IMD), Lausanne,
Switzerland. She is also a frontline Member of the Institute of Directors
Both appointments
are effective November 21, 2013.
Ambassador Keshi
speaking on his appointment said “I am touched that my fellow board members
have asked me to chair the Board. Chief Ogbue has raised the bar on governance,
transparency and business growth. We will sustain the strong governance and
risk management structures in place and maintain the momentum of our
pan-African growth strategy”.
Phillips Oduoza,
UBA’s Chief Executive, speaking on behalf of the executive management said, “We
are looking forward to working with the new Chairman and Vice Chairman, even as
we will miss the wise counsel and insights of Chief Ogbue. We are privileged to
have the combined experience of Ambassador Keshi and Mrs Okwechime, one of the
four distinguished women on our board”.
 UBA is a leading Pan African financial
services Group with presence in 19 African countries, New York, London and
Paris. Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, the Group provides universal banking
services to diverse customer groups across Africa. 



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