Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the appointment of Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe as managing director/CEO designate of Fidelity Bank of Nigeria Plc, sources close the apex bank said.
Okonkwo will exchange of baton with Onyeali-Ikpe in December when he would have successfully finished his tenure at the bank.
Onyeali-Ikpe, was appointed to the Board of Fidelity Bank Plc on July 2, 2015 and currently oversees the Lagos and Southwest Directorate.
Since joining the Bank, she has returned the Directorate to profitability and sustained impressive year on year growth.
She has over 28 years’ industry experience across various banks namely Enterprise Bank Plc, Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Zenith International Bank Plc and Citizens International Bank Limited, where she worked in various departments including Legal, Treasury, Investment Banking, Retail/Commercial Banking and Corporate Banking. Nneka has been involved in the structuring of complex transactions in various sectors including Oil & Gas Downstream, 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 team that successfully turned around Enterprise Bank Plc.
Onyeali-Ikpe 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 and IMD amongst others.