Zenith Bank appoints Umeoji as first female GMD

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Lagos, March 19, 2024 – Zenith Bank has appointed Adaora Umeoji  as its first female Group Managing Director/Chief Executive with effect from June 1, 2024.

The appointment is, however, subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

She will take over from Ebenezer Onyeagwu whose tenure ends on May 31, 2024.

Umeoji has been the Deputy Managing Director of the bank since October 28, 2016 and has close to 30 years cognate banking experience of which 26 years has been with Zenith Bank.

She is a graduate of Harvard Business School where she attended the
Advanced Management Program (AMP) and an alumnus of Columbia Business School with a Certificate in the Global Banking Programme.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Jos, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a first class honours in Law from Baze University, Abuja.

She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Salford, United Kingdom, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Calabar, and also has a doctorate in business administration from Apollos University, USA.

She holds a Certificate in Economics for Business from the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management, USA, and has attended various management programmes in renowned universities around the world including the strategic thinking and Management programme at Wharton Business School, USA.

She also attended the executive program in Strategic Management, and has a Certificate in Leading Global Business all from Harvard Business School, USA.

She is a fellow of notable professional bodies including the Chartered Banker Institute, UK,
Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Management, Institute of
Credit Administration, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria, Institute of
Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and
Administrators of Nigeria among others.

In 2022, the Federal Government of Nigeria honored Dr. Umeoji with Officer of the Order of the Niger, a recognition of her contributions to nation building.

She is a Peace Advocate of the United Nations (UN-POLAC).  (GBN)

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