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Fidelity Bank first female MD/CEO, Onyeali-Ikpe assumes office as Okonkwo bows out

Fidelity Bank Plc first female Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe assumed office officially on January 1, 2021.

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Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe would be the first female MD/CEO and the fourth in the bank since 1988.


Onyeali-Ikpe Assumes Office as MD/CEO of Fidelity Bank. 

The new Managing Director/CEO of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, whose tenure formally commenced on January 1, 2021 has assumed office, becoming the 4th Chief Executive and first female to occupy the position since the inception of the bank in 1988.

She succeeded the erstwhile MD/CEO, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo who retired on December 31, 2020, after completing his contract tenure in line with the bank’s governance policy.  

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Fidelity Bank in an email at the weekend, assured customers that the bank “under her leadership will consolidate on the already laid foundation and track record of performance, to execute the next growth phase”.

Mrs. Onyeali-Ikpe was formerly the Executive Director, Lagos and South West Directorate of the bank and has been an integral part of management in the last 6 years.  She joined the bank in 2015 and spearheaded the transformation of the Directorate, leading it to profitability and sustained its impressive year-on-year growth across key performance metrics, including contributing over 28% of the Bank’s PBT, Deposits and Loans. 


She is vastly experienced and has spent over 30 years working across various banks including Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and Citizens International Bank/Enterprise Bank, where she held several management positions in Legal, Treasury, Investment Banking, Retail/Commercial Banking and Corporate Banking.

As an Executive Director at legacy 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. 

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She holds Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Kings College, London; and has attended executive training programmes at notable global institutions including Harvard Business School; The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania; INSEAD School of Business; Chicago Booth School of Business; London Business School and IMD.”

It will be recalled that Mr. Nebolisa Arah was the first MD/CEO of Fidelity Bank followed by Mr. Reginald Ihejiahi (CFR) and the last was Nnamdi Okonkwo.

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