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Meet newly appointed Keystone, Union Banks CEOs



The Central Bank of Nigeria, in the early hours of Thursday, appointed Hassan Imam as the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Keystone Bank.

Imam takes over leadership of the commercial bank from Olaniran Olayinka, who served as CEO from March 2020 until the CBN dissolved the boards of Keystone Bank and two other banks on Wednesday.

With over 25 years of banking experience, Imam has held various executive roles during his career.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Imam served as Executive Director for the North Region at Fidelity Bank since January 2020. In that position, he was responsible for Fidelity Bank’s commercial, SME, consumer, and public sector business in 19 Northern Nigerian states, including Abuja.

Imam joined FSB International Bank in 1998 before it merged with Fidelity Bank in 2005.

Over the years, he took on various leadership positions at Fidelity across commercial banking, consumer banking, SME and risk management.

The new Keystone Bank CEO rose from General Manager to a role on the Board of Directors during his long career at Fidelity.

Hassan Imam studied economics for his bachelor’s degree and obtained two master’s degrees, including an MBA. He is a certified accountant and has attended executive programs at Harvard Business School, Wharton and other top institutions.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration, an Associate Member of Chartered Public Accountants, an alumnus of Oxford University and Pan-Atlantic University, and a Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

Similarly, Yetunde Oni, the first female CEO of the Standard Chartered Bank in Sierra Leone, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank.

The new Chief Executive Officer and MD of Union Bank, Yetunde Oni brings her wealth of experience in the banking industry which spans over 25 years to the fore.

She replaces Mudassir Amray, the former CEO of the bank.

In this piece, PUNCH Online highlights 10 things to know about Yetunde Oni.

1. Yetunde Oni bagged a degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan in 1991.

2. She underwent Executive Training at Oxford University in 2016.

3. She obtained an MBA in Business Administration from Bangor University in 2020.

4. She began her career with Prime Merchant Bank Treasury & Money Markets Group

5. In 1994, she joined Ecobank Nigeria as a Relationship Manager in the Institutional Banking Group (1994 – 2005).

6. In January 2005, Yetunde Oni joined Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, assuming the role of Senior Account Relationship Manager in the Local corporations segment.

7. She was later transferred to the Apapa Branch where she was saddled with the dual responsibility of Wholesale Banking Branch Head and the development of the Bank’s Local corporate portfolio in the Apapa and Ogun State Region.

8. In May 2010, she was appointed Head of Local Corporates.

9. In 2014, she was appointed the Managing Director & Country Head of Commercial Banking in West Africa for Standard Chartered Bank, (2014 – Jan 2021).

10. Before her Managerial appointment with Union Bank, she operated as the first female Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Standard Chartered Bank in Sierra Leone, a position she took in January 2021.

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