The United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), on Tuesday, appointed Oliver Alawuba as the new CEO of UBA Africa.
Alawuba, who succeeds Victor Osadolor, who retired from the Group Board, will be overseeing the bank’s 20 African country operations.
The Board further appointed Senegalese national, Abdoul-Aziz Dia, as Executive Director for Treasury and International Banking, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Dia, the first non-Nigerian Group Executive Director of the Bank, will be responsible for UBA’s global network of operations in New York, London and Paris, together with Group Treasury, where UBA offers a sophisticated suite of products to multinationals, international institutions and African clients.
Also, Chukwuma Nweke, currently the Executive Director Operations, was confirmed by the Board as the Group Executive Director, Retail and Payments, demonstrating the Group’s commitment to its retail offering.
Nweke has close to three decades of banking experience spanning Banking Operations, Finance, Technology, Audit and Strategy.
The Board further announced the appointment of Chiugo Ndubisi as Group Executive Director and the Group Chief Operating Officer, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Speaking on the appointments, the Group Chairman, Tony O. Elumelu, said: “These appointments emphasise the Group’s commitment to our pan-African and global network, our huge retail client base and our operational infrastructure.
“We are focused on improving our efficiency and further strengthening our pan-African mission, using the extraordinary pool of talent and experience available in the Group.”
Elumelu thanked both the outgoing Deputy Managing Director/CEO, UBA Africa, Mr. Victor Osadolor, and the former Regional CEO for UBA in East and Southern Africa, Emeke Iweriebor, who just retired from the board, for their contributions to the Bank.
According to Elumelu “Victor and Emeke were key players during the merger of Standard Trust Bank and UBA, and have been valuable contributors to the growth of the Bank. We wish them well.”
The Bank recently reformed its grade structure and technology teams, having reduced its grade structure from 16 to 12 levels, at the end of 2019.
The Bank welcomed 3,000 new staff members in 2019 and promoted over 5,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Nigerian banking sector, with a staff strength of close to 20,000 employees group wide.
UBA also serves over 19 million customers across the African continent, providing retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge products including the first ever banking chat bot in Africa, LEO.