UBA announces new appointments of members of the Board and Africa Operations
On January 6th 2020, the bank announced the new appointment of members of the group board and operations across Africa. Oliver Alawuba was appointed UBA Africa CEO, overseeing operations in all countries except Nigeria. He succeeds Victor Osadolor who retired from the group board after 9 years of service.
Previously the CEO of UBA Ghana and Regional CEO UBA Africa respectively, Alawuba has close to three decades of banking industry experience. Under his leadership, UBA’s Nigerian East Bank division became the fastest growing regional bank in the Group.
The Board also appointed Senegalese national, Abdoul-Aziz Dia as Executive Director for Treasury and International Banking, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Aziz becomes the first non-Nigerian Group Executive Director of the Bank, bringing a wealth of multi geographical experience to the Group. Mr Dia will be responsible for UBA’s global network of operations in New York, London and Paris, together with Group Treasury.
In addition, Chukwuma Nweke, currently the Executive Director Operations, was confirmed by the Board as the Group Executive Director, Retail and Payments, demonstrating the Group’s commitment to its retail offering. Nweke has close to three decades of banking experience spanning Banking Operations, Finance, Technology, Audit and Strategy.
The Board also announced the appointment of Chiugo Ndubisi as Group Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Chiugo is a professional with almost three decades of banking experience that includes the role of Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and Executive Director on the board of another financial institution.
Other appointments worthy of note include; Abiola Bawuah as Regional CEO, West Africa (WA), Martin Che as Regional CEO Central East & Southern Africa (CESA), Amie Sow as Director, Wholesale Bank, Africa, Emem Usoro as Head, Abuja and North Central Bank, Yemi Adeleke as CEO UBA Kenya, Tony Odeigha as CEO UBA Guinea, Rotimi Morohunfola as CEO, UBA Mozambique and Gbenga Makinde as CEO UBA Benin.
Speaking on the appointments, Group Chairman Tony O. Elumelu said “these appointments emphasise the Group’s commitment to our pan-African and global network, our huge retail client base and our operational infrastructure. We are focused on improving our efficiency and further strengthening our pan-African mission, using the extraordinary pool of talent and experience available in the Group.”
The appointments underline UBA’s broader commitment to investing in the highest quality human capital. The Bank recently reformed its grade structure and technology teams, having reduced its grade structure from 16 to 12 levels, at the end of 2019. The bank also welcomed 3,000 new staff members in 2019 and promoted over 5,000 employees.
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