Polaris Bank appoints Chris Afikulu as new Executive Director


January 11, 2024.

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Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Polaris Bank has appointed Chris Afikulu, an experienced bank and a first class mathematician as the Executive Director

This occurred as a follow-up development after dissolving the board of directors of four banks, Polaris, Union, and Keystone banks, the Central Bank of Nigeria has appointed new leadership for the banks.

Naija247news had earlier reported the official dissolution of the Board and Management of Union Bank, Keystone Bank, and Polaris Bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The apex bank cited concerns like regulatory non-compliance, corporate governance failures, and engagement in activities jeopardizing financial stability as reasons for this action.

Chris Afikulu obtained a First-Class B.Sc. Degree in Industrial Mathematics from the University of Benin, Benin-City, he furthered his education with an MBA from the University of Lagos.

Additionally, he attended renowned business schools, including The Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, and the Lagos Business School at Pan-African University.

Chris brings over thirty (30) years of banking expertise to the table, with twenty-eight (28) years dedicated to Business Development.

Before assuming the role of MD/CEO at UBA Ghana, Chris served as the UBA Group’s Directorate Head, Apapa 1 (Corporate) in Nigeria.

His journey in the banking sector includes significant roles at Diamond Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading commercial banks.

At Diamond Bank, he held diverse positions, including Directorate Head overseeing South Businesses and Directorate Head managing Lagos and West Businesses.

Notably, Chris played a pioneering role as the Managing Director of Diamond Pension Fund Custodian Limited.

His extensive experience reflects a rich history in various facets of banking, from corporate leadership to strategic business development.

From May 2007 to November 2008, Chris Ofiluku served as the Divisional Head of Retail Banking of Diamond Bank in Lagos.

Subsequently, he assumed the role of Regional Head and Business Development as a Regional Manager from September 2008 to October 2011.

In the following phase of his career, Chris transitioned to the role of Regional Manager with a focus on Business Development from October 2011 to January 2014 contributing to regional growth.

Continuing this trajectory, he assumed the position of Head of Regional Businesses in the South Directorate from January 2014 to April 2017.

His professional journey then led him to the role of Head of Regional Businesses in the Lagos Directorate from April 2017 to January 2019, where Chris further honed his expertise.

These roles encompassed business development, strategic leadership, and management responsibilities within the regional and divisional landscape, reflecting his commitment and continuous growth in the field.(www.naija247news.com).

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Azonuchechi Chukwu - Business Journalist at Naija247news.com Azonuchechi Chukwu is a seasoned business journalist contributing to the insightful coverage of economic and financial news at Naija247news.com. With a passion for unraveling the complexities of the business world, Azonuchechi brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to his role. As a Business Journalist, Azonuchechi specializes in providing comprehensive analyses of market trends, corporate developments, and economic indicators. His in-depth reports offer Naija247news.com readers a nuanced understanding of the forces shaping the Nigerian and global business landscapes. Azonuchechi Chukwu's commitment to journalistic excellence is evident in his ability to translate complex financial information into accessible and engaging narratives. Whether exploring stock market fluctuations, corporate strategies, or economic policies, he strives to deliver content that empowers readers with valuable insights. With an educational background in business and a keen interest in the intersection of finance and technology, Azonuchechi stays at the forefront of industry dynamics. His coverage extends beyond traditional financial reporting, encompassing the dynamic realms of fintech, entrepreneurship, and sustainable business practices. Azonuchechi Chukwu's work goes beyond the surface, aiming to foster financial literacy and awareness among Naija247news.com's audience. By demystifying economic complexities and shedding light on emerging opportunities, he plays a pivotal role in keeping readers well-informed in the fast-paced world of business. As Naija247news.com's Business Journalist, Azonuchechi Chukwu continues to make meaningful contributions to the platform's mission of delivering timely, accurate, and relevant business news to its diverse audience. His dedication to journalistic integrity and his ability to navigate the intricacies of the business realm make him an invaluable asset to the Naija247news.com team.

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