John Oche Aboh, Chairman, Ecobank

Born 1956, Mr. John Oche Aboh served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Oceanic Bank International Plc. after the Central Bank of Nigeria intervention in the Bank in 2009 until he successfully stabilized the Bank for its acquisition by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated and its subsequent merger with Ecobank Nigeria in December 2011.

Mr. Aboh has in built a legacy of professionalism and integrity that brought him global acclaim in the financial services sector.

He served as Executive Director, in charge of Banking Operations & Services with First Bank of Nigeria Plc up until December 2008. An astute banker with over 30 years of work experience, he remains a leading light in Nigeria’s financial services sector.

In 16 out of those 30 years, he worked at senior management and Board of Directors’ levels in large Nigerian banks with well defined organizational structures and strong corporate governance practices.

At the height of Wema Bank Plc crisis in January 2008, he was drafted to the Bank as the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He successfully stabilized the Bank and restored customer confidence within a very short period to the delight of Central Bank of Nigeria and other stakeholders of the Bank.

This achievement was attested to by a Letter of Commendation dated 19th September 2008 written to him by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. He has in-depth knowledge of all facets of Finance and Banking.

He has exceptional record of achievements in Banking Operations, International Trade Finance, Corporate Banking, Credits, Financial Management, Information Technology and Projects Implementation.

Mr. Aboh was Chairman at Old Mutual Nigeria Life Assurance Company Limited, a Director of Africa Finance Corporation and an Executive Director of FBN Holdings Plc (Formerly Known as First Bank of Nigeria Plc).

He holds a B.Sc – Finance with Second Class Upper Division from University of Nigeria, Nsukka – 1980, and MBA – Finance and Accounts from University of Jos – 1985, AMP Harvard University Boston – 2003. He joined the Board of Ecobank Nigeria in June 2015 and was appointed Chairman of the Board.


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