Ebenezer Onyeagwu, the group managing director/chief executive officer of Zenith Bank Plc, has been named ‘Best Banking CEO of the Year in Africa’ in the International Banker 2023 Banking Awards.
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“This award reflects the bank’s position as a leading financial institution in Nigeria and the African continent,” Onyeagwu said.
The award, published in the Spring 2023 Issue of the International Banker Magazine, honoured Onyeagwu alongside other individuals and banks from the Middle East and Africa.
“It also attests to our commitment to principles of sustainability and high ethical standards, which have become integral to our overall strategy as an institution,” the Zenith Bank boss added.
He dedicated the award to Jim Ovia, the founder and chairman of the bank, for his guidance and mentorship; the bank’s management team and staff, for being the shoulder upon which his achievements and success as CEO rest; and the customers, for making Zenith Bank their bank of choice.
Onyeagwu’s career has led to him receiving multiple awards, including Bank CEO of the Year (2019) by Champion Newspaper, Bank CEO of the Year (2020, 2021 & 2022) by BusinessDay Newspaper, CEO of the Year (2020 and 2021) – SERAS Awards, and CEO of the Year (2022) – Leadership Newspaper.
As group managing director/CEO, Onyeagwu has led Zenith Bank to achieve tremendous feats and milestones in financial performance (including 47 percent growth in the bank’s market capitalisation in four years), financial inclusion, corporate governance and sustainability.
Onyeagwu commended the publishers of the International Banker for considering him a fitting recipient of the ‘Best Banking CEO of the Year in Africa’ award while expressing gratitude for the recognition.
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