President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday named the Managing Director of Zenith Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, as the next Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.
In a letter addressed to Senate President David Mark and read on the floor of the Senate, Jonathan who urged the parliament to treat the nomination with dispatch, said Emefiele would replace Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, whose tenure expires in June.
If confirmed by the senate, Mr. Emefiele will take over fully as the substantive governor in place of Sanusi.
The president also nominated Adelabu Adebayo, an executive director at First Bank, as the deputy governor of the bank. He will succeed Tunde Lemo who retired as Deputy Governor of the regulatory bank in late 2013.
Jonathan had suspended the Lamido Sanusi as the apex bank governor on Thursday morning, ordering him to hand over to the most senior Deputy Governor of the CBN, Dr Sarah Alade who will serve as Acting Governor.
Godwin Emefiele Profile as published on Zenith Bank’s website
“He is the Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, a position he has held since August 2010. Until then he was the Deputy Managing Director of the bank, having been appointed into that position in 2001. Emefiele has been on the bank’s management team since inception and has held various management positions in the bank, including serving as the Bank’s Executive Director in charge of Corporate Banking, Treasury, Financial Control and Strategic Planning.
“Until he took over as Group Managing Director, Emefiele was directly responsible for all the Group’s local subsidiaries, Treasury and Correspondent Banking, and Multilateral, Conglomerates, & Private Banking. He also had responsibilities for direct supervision of majority of the bank’s branches in Lagos and Northern Nigeria.
“Emefiele has over twenty-six (26) years banking experience and holds a B.Sc and an MBA in Finance both from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Before commencing his banking career, he lectured Finance, Bank Management, and Insurance at the University of Nigeria and University of Port Harcourt respectively.
“He is an alumnus of Stanford University, Harvard and Wharton Graduate School of Business where he took courses in Negotiation, Service Excellence, Critical Thinking, Leading Change and Strategy.
“Under Emefiele’s leadership, Zenith Bank has strengthened its position as a leading financial institution in Africa, winning recognition and getting endorsement at home and abroad for giant strides in key performance areas like corporate governance, service delivery and deployment of cutting-edge ICT as well as impact in the bank’s numerous spheres of operations.
“In 2012, Emefiele’s visionary leadership saw Zenith Bank receiving acclaim from reputable institutions such as world finance, CFI and FTSE Global Markets that have named Zenith the Best in Corporate Governance, Best Commercial Bank in Africa, and Emerging Global Super brand respectively.”