The board of Fidelity Bank Plc on Monday July 20, 2020, announced the approval and appointment of Mrs. Nneka Onyeali -Ikpe, the current Executive Director, Lagos and South West Directorate as the MD/CEO Designate of the Bank, to assume office with effect from January 1, 2021.
This following the impending retirement of Mr. Nnamdi J. Okonkwo, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Fidelity Bank Plc, from the Board of Directors of the Bank, with effect from December 31, 2020, upon completion of his contract tenure.
In compliance with the succession policy of the Bank, The approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been obtained for the appointment. The Board has also approved the appointment of Mr. Kevin Ugwuoke, the current Chief Risk Officer of the Bank, as Executive Director, Chief Risk Officer, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Nneka Onyeali -Ikpe was appointed to the Board of Fidelity Bank in 2015 as an Executive Director and currently oversees the Lagos and Southwest Directorate. She led the transformation of the Directorate to profitability and sustained its impressive year-on-year growth across key performance metrics. Nneka has been an integral part of the current management team responsible for the remarkable increase in the Bank’s performance in the last 5 years with the area under her direct responsibility contributing over 28% of the Bank’s PBT, Deposits and Loans.
Nneka has over 30 years of experience across various banks including Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and Citizens International Bank Limited, where she held several management positions in Legal, Treasury, Investment Banking, Retail/Commercial Banking and Corporate Banking.
in addition to serving as an Executive Director on the Board of Enterprise Bank Plc. Nneka has been involved in the structuring of complex transactions in va rious sectors including Oil & Gas; Manufacturing, Aviation, Real Estate and Export. As an Executive Director at Enterprise Bank Plc, she received formal commendation from the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) as a member of the management tea m that successfully turned around Enterprise Bank Plc.
Nneka holds Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Kings College, London, respectively. She has attended executive training programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD School of Business, Chicago Booth School of Business, London Business School and IMD amongst others.
She is currently undergoing a Diploma programme in Organizational Leadership at Said Business School, Oxford University, UK. She is an Honorary Senior Member (HCIB) of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. She is married with children.