Fidelity Bank, an emerging Nigerian lender, has announced the appointment of three new executive directors. The Board, which met in Lagos, 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).
Gbolahan will have executive responsibilities for Operations, Technology, Digital Banking, Investor Relations, Strategy, and Business Transformation. Obaro on his part will oversee the entire bank’s corporate banking business covering energy, power, manufacturing, telecoms, fast-moving consumer goods, construction, and real estate. 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 three erstwhile general managers to executive directors is consistent with the bank’s new succession strategy of grooming leaders from within. Speaking on the appointments, Fidelity Bank Chief Executive Officer, Nnamdi Okonkwo, said: “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 three new executive directors were all appointed from within.”