Board of Directors
Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu is a vastly experienced Chartered Accountant, a knowledgeable and astute financial expert, trained in reputable institutions of learning in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Mr. Onyeagwu is a graduate in accounting from Auchi Polytechnic, widely recognized as an institution that has produced some of Nigeria’s most renowned Chartered Accountants. He obtained the Higher National Diploma in Accounting from that institution in 1987.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1989, almost immediately after graduation. He subsequently became a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), in 2003.
He has over 29 years of experience in the banking industry in Nigeria, out of which he spent 17 in Zenith Bank Plc.
Before joining Zenith Bank Plc, he worked at Citizens International Bank Limited between 1991 and 2002. He was one of the most outstanding branch managers in the bank, winning multiple awards and recognitions for his brilliant, excellent and highly professional performance on the job.
He joined Zenith Bank Plc in 2002 as a Senior Manager, in the Internal Control and Audit Group of the bank. His professionalism, competence, integrity and commitment to the objectives of the bank saw him rise swiftly between 2003 and 2005, first, as Assistant General Manager, then Deputy General Manager, and eventually, General Manager of the bank. In these capacities, he handled strategies for new business and branch development, management of risk assets portfolios, treasury functions, strategic top level corporate, multinationals and public institutional relationships, among others.
He was appointed Executive Director of the bank in 2013, and put in charge of Lagos and South-South Zones as well as strategic groups/business units of the bank, including Financial Control & Strategic Planning, Treasury and Correspondent Groups, Human Resources Group, Oil and Gas Group, and Credit Risk Management Group, etc.
Mr. Onyeagwu was named Deputy Managing Director of the bank in 2016. In that capacity, he deputized for the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank. He also had direct oversight of the bank’s Financial Control and Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Retail Banking, Institutional and Corporate banking business portfolios, IT Group, Credit Administration, Treasury and Foreign Exchange Trading.
Mr. Onyeagwu is an alumnus of the prestigious University of Oxford, England, from where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy, and a certificate in Macroeconomics. He also undertook extensive executive level education in Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School of Columbia University, the Harvard Business School of Harvard University, in the United States.
At Wharton Business School, Mr. Onyeagwu undertook the CEO academy and leadership training programmes. His strategic skills were further nurtured and honed at Columbia Business School strategy training programme. At the Harvard Business School, he acquired capabilities in negotiations and critical decision-making.
In the last six years, Mr. Onyeagwu has been on the board of Zenith Bank Ghana, Zenith Pensions Custodian Limited, Zenith Nominees Limited and African Finance Corporation (AFC). In AFC, he serves on the Board Risk & Investment Committee (BRIC), and Board Audit & Compliance Committee (BAAC). At Zenith Bank Ghana, he chairs the Board Credit and Governance Committees.
He is very well noted for his tenacity, entrepreneurial spirit, high sense of innovation and creativity and very inspirational leadership skills. Within the market, he is highly respected for his consistent and impeccable character, brilliance, deep knowledge and insight of the market, as well as for his strong professional and ethical principles, which have continued to endear him to all stakeholders.
Mr. Onyeagwu is married and has children.
Mr. Olisa is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB) and an Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACIT).
He has attended several international courses including INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France; Havard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA; London School of Economics (LSE) UK, and Oxford Princeton Programme, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Mr. Olisa has spent over twenty-seven (27) years in the Nigerian Banking Industry. He joined the services of the bank in 1998. His experience covers Treasury, Banking Operations, Credit Risk Management, Telecommunication, Oil and Gas, Internal Control as well as Branch Management and Zonal Management.
Prior to his appointment, he was a General Manager and Chief Inspector of the bank, overseeing the Internal Audit and Inspection of the Group.
Nkem Oni- Egboma, BSC, MBF, FCA
Nkem Oni-Egboma is a Director of ZENITH NOMINEES LIMITED. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Second Class Upper (1989) from Ahmadu Bello University and a Masters in Banking and Finance – MBF (1998) from the University of Lagos. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA).
She brings with her over twenty-eight (28) years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry (majorly Zenith Bank Plc) in Treasury Operations, Internal Control and Audit, Marketing and General Management. Prior to her appointment as the Managing Director of Zenith Pensions Custodian Limited, she had previously held the position of Zonal Head, Zenith Bank Plc in charge of Allen Zone (comprising Allen, Opebi, and Allen 2), supervising over 150 workforce. Her major function was providing transformational leadership as well as ensuring an excellent and steady growth in the balance sheet size of the branches under her supervision. She has attended various offshore training programmes which includes Audit through the Computer in Financial Institutions and Trade Seminar – Citibank, New York, The Leadership Edge: Strategies for The New Leader (Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania), Making Corporate Boards More Effective (Harvard Business School), Finance Programmes for Senior Executives (Said Business School, Oxford University) etc.
Nwapa Adobi Stella
Nwapa Adobi Stella is a Director of ZENITH NOMINEES LIMITED and General Manager in Zenith Bank Plc. She is currently the Group Zonal Head, Ikoyi Zone, with management and supervisory responsibilities over branches and business units in the zone.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Imo State University, Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the Strayer University, Houston-Texas, USA and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Jack Welch Management Institute.
Adobi Nwapa joined Zenith Bank in 1990 and has over twenty eight (28) years cognate banking experience, most of which has been in Senior Management positions.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) and the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (ICMA) as well as a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (HCIB).
Adobi Nwapa has attended several local and international courses and programmes including Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (Harvard Business School), Key Executive Programme (Harvard Business School), World Finance/Wining Negotiation Strategies (HSM Americas), Developing Strategies for Value Creation (London Business School) and the Senior Management Programme (Lagos Business School), amongst others.
Folusho Ogundele, B.Sc, FCA
Folusho is a seasoned professional with over 17 years’ experience in the Banking industry spanning Trade Services Operations, Correspondent Banking and Treasury Operations. She has held key positions in Zenith Bank PLC including Head of Invisible and Bills for Collection Trades, Head, Settlements of FX/Derivatives and Fixed income/Money Market Instruments till September 2019.
Folusho played a key role in setting up the FX/Derivatives Settlement Unit in Zenith Bank and took same to enviable heights. She was part of the Project Management Team that successfully implemented the Bancassurance Partnership Agreement between Prudential Zenith Life Insurance and Zenith Bank PLC.
Folusho holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State. She is a fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). She is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered member.
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