Polaris Bank Announces Segun Opeke as Executive Director

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Polaris Bank Limited has announced the appointment of a new executive director.

Segun Opeke’s appointment was approved by the board of directors of the bank as well as the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), a statement by the bank said, Saturday.

Mr Opeke holds a BSc. (Banking and Finance) and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School.

The development is coming on the heels of the recent appointment of Innocent Ike as the acting managing director of the Bank.

Mr Opeke has over twenty-six years of hands-on work experience acquired from leading Nigerian commercial banks with over 15 of these years in senior and executive management roles.

Until his appointment, Mr. Opeke was head of Lagos Business Directorate. The Lagos Directorate, under his leadership, recorded outstanding growth and contributed significantly to the turnaround of the Bank, evidenced by its impressive financial performance recorded in the 2019 financial year.

Since the CBN’s intervention in the erstwhile Skye Bank Plc in July 2016, Mr Opeke has played a prominent role in the Bank’s transformation initiatives and has been instrumental to the several milestone achievements of the Bank.

By this appointment, he is expected to strengthen the Bank’s leadership aspirations in the banking industry, leveraging his wealth of experience and contributing greatly to its ongoing corporate transformation programme.

Mr Opeke has occupied strategic roles in various institutions including FSB International Bank, Prudent Bank and Chartered Bank where he started his banking career.

Following the emergence of Skye Bank in 2006, Mr Opeke worked as the Bank’s Treasurer and Regional Director for Victoria Island and Ikoyi. He was also the Group Head for Corporate Banking, Aviation and Maritime at various times.

Mr. Opeke brought his leadership skills to bear as he successfully managed some large portfolios including the Bank’s Lagos Corporate and Commercial Banking Division and the Corporate Planning and Strategy Group.

As a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee, he has remained a strong asset for the institution making insightful contributions and bringing real value on board.

Mr Opeke, by this appointment as Executive Director, Lagos Business, will further strengthen the Management and Board in actualizing the Bank’s leadership aspirations.

Mr Opeke holds a BSc. (Banking and Finance) and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School, New York.

He has attended several professional, management and leadership programmes in world-class institutions including INSEAD and Euromoney, London.

He is credited with making immense contributions in change management, corporate finance/restructuring and digital transformation.

Polaris Bank is a future-determining Bank committed to delivering industry-defining products, and services, across all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Babatunde Osibodu

Company Secretary


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