Access Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Dr. Ernest Ndukwe to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. The appointment has been ratified by the bank’s board of directors and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
His appointment has been described by industry observers as a strategic corporate action aimed at elevating Access Bank’s industry leadership in corporate governance beyond the aspiration of competitors.
Ndukwe is an Electrical/Electronics Engineer, with over 36 years experience in the tele-communications industry. He was a former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) between 2000 and 2010.
His board level experience dates back to 1988 when he was appointed Commercial Director at General Telecom Plc, where he was later made the Managing Director in 1989. It was from his position as MD of General Telecom Plc that Ndukwe was appointed to lead the Nigerian Communications Commission as CEO; a position he retired from in March 2010.
He also served on the Presidential Committee on job creation, and is current Co-Chair of the Presidential Committee on Strategy and Roadmap for universal broadband access in Nigeria.
He is a graduate of the University of Ife, an alumnus of Lagos Business School. He also holds the fellowship awards of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He is also on the faculty of the Lagos Business School where he heads the Centre for Infrastructure Policy, Regulation and Advancement (CIPRA).
Speaking on the appointment, the Bank’s Chairman, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, said “Access Bank is taking giant strides to increase shareholders value and we are quite delighted to have Dr. Ndukwe on board. His exposure and experience will add impetus to our institutional aspiration of becoming Africa’s most respected bank.”