There is a change in the management of Union Bank Nigeria Plc; Emeka Emuwa retires and Emeka Okonkwo will take over on March 31 2021, pending the customary approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
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The Board of Union Bank Nigeria Plc announces today that, after eight years leading the Bank, its Chief Executive Officer, Emeka Emuwa, has communicated his decision to retire from the Bank and his role as CEO on March 31, 2021. Emeka Emuwa joined Union Bank in November 2012, following a US$500 million investment by Union Global Partners, with a mandate to transform and restore one of Nigeria’s oldest institutions back to its rightful position as a respected provider of financial services.
With his imminent departure, the Board has appointed Emeka Okonkwo, an Executive Director currently leading the Bank‘s Corporate Banking business, to succeed him. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Prior to joining Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa led a distinguished 25-year career at Citibank. Following several senior roles in Nigeria and across Africa, he became the first Nigerian to be named Country Officer and Managing Director of Citibank Nigeria. On his retirement, Emeka Emuwa will also step down from the Board of Union Bank. Union Bank’s Chair, Beatrice Hamza Bassey, said;
Emeka Okonkwo is a seasoned banker with 30 years of experience. He joined Union Bank in 2013 as an Executive Director to lead the Corporate Banking and Treasury business. As the Bank embarked on its transformation, he was responsible for rebuilding the business and strategically positioning Union Bank for success in the Corporate Banking space.
Mr. Okonkwo began his career at Citibank Nigeria where he rose from officer level to become Executive Director in charge of Commercial Banking and Global Subsidiaries in 2009. At Citibank, he worked across various disciplines including Corporate Finance, Credit Risk Management, Marketing, Treasury and Strategic Management in Nigeria and London.
Prior to joining Union Bank, he was the Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division in Citibank Bangladesh. Emeka Okonkwo has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nigeria,
Nsukka; an MSc in Construction Management from the University of Lagos and an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK.
By Ndubuisi Ekekwe