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ZENITH BANK APPOINTS DAME (DR) ADAORA UMEOJI AS GMD/CEO

It has been reported that Zenith bank as appointed Dame (DR) Adaora Umeoji as GMD/CEO of the bank, with 30 years banking experience, Umeoji is the first female CEO of Zenith Bank and had been Deputy Managing Director (DMD) since 2016. Zenith Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Dr. Adaora Umeoji, as its Group Managing Director/Chief Executive with effect from June 1, 2024.

The appointment is however subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

She takes over from Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, whose five-year term expires on May 31, 2024, after a very successful tenure.

Some of her achievements are stated below:

She is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School where she attended the Advanced Management Program (AMP) and an alumnus of Columbia Business School with a Certificate in the Global Banking Program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Jos, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a first-class honors in Law from Baze University, Abuja. She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Salford, United Kingdom, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Calabar, and also has a doctorate in business administration from Apollos University, USA. She holds a Certificate in Economics for Business from the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management, USA, and has attended various management programmes in renowned Universities around the world including the strategic thinking and Management programme at Wharton Business School, USA. She also attended the executive program in Strategic Management, and has a Certificate in Leading Global Business all from Harvard Business School, USA.

She is a fellow of notable professional bodies including the Chartered Banker Institute, UK; Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria; Nigerian Institute of Management; Institute of Credit Administration; Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria; Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria among others.

Her Honours and Recognition; In 2022, the Federal Government of Nigeria honoured Adaora Umeoji with Officer of the Order of the Niger, as a recognition of her contributions to nation building. She is a Peace Advocate of the United Nations (UN-POLAC). She is a Lady of the Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) and was awarded a Papal Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester by His Holiness Pope Francis.

Adaora Umeoji has a Philanthropist as impacted many lives through her NGOs; Pink Breathe Cancer Foundation and the Adorable Foundation that educates, caters for cancer patients and indigent children education, especially the Girl-Child. In 2023, she received The Sun Newspaper’s Humanitarian Service Icon Award of The Year, for her contribution to humanity. Adaora Umeoji, OON founded the Catholic Bankers Association of Nigeria (CBAN), a platform she uses to promote ethical banking and service to humanity.

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