Nigeria: Fidelity Bank appoints Abolore Solebo as executive director 

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Fidelity Bank Plc’s Board has appointed Mr. Abolore Solebo as the Executive Director of the Corporate Banking Directorate.

Mr. Abolore Solebo’s appointment as Executive Director of the Corporate Banking Directorate at Fidelity Bank Plc has received approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The notice of the appointment has been communicated to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria.

The appointment of Mr. Abolore Solebo as Executive Director of the Corporate Banking Directorate aligns with Fidelity Bank Plc’s strategic objectives.

Expressing confidence in Mr. Abolore Solebo, the Board anticipates significant contributions from him towards the growth and development of Fidelity Bank. The Board looks forward to collaborating closely with Mr. Solebo to successfully achieve the bank’s strategic objectives.

As outlined in the statement signed by the Company Secretary, Ezinwa Unuigboje, Mr. Abolore Solebo brings over 24 years of comprehensive experience in financial services and general management to the Board of Fidelity Bank Plc. His expertise spans Corporate, Investment, Commercial, Retail, and Transaction Banking, as well as Enterprise Wide Risk Management, Corporate Strategy, and Consulting, gained in both the Nigerian and United Kingdom financial sectors.

Having joined the Bank in 2008 as a Senior Manager, Abolore Solebo has held pivotal roles, including Head of the Corporate Bank Directorate Analyst Group (2008), Division Head of Upstream (2010), Division Head of Energy & Power/Project Finance (2017). Additionally, he has been actively involved in various Management Committees during his tenure.

Abolore Solebo served as the Acting Head of the Corporate Bank Directorate from 2021 until his recent appointment as Executive Director. Throughout his tenure, he has been honored with several performance awards in recognition of his contributions to the bank.

Prior to joining Fidelity Bank, Abolore Solebo was employed at Shell International Trading and Shipping Co Limited in London, where he served as a Credit Risk QA Analyst on the Global Credit Initiative Project, overseeing global trading operations between 2007 and 2008. His career commenced in 1999 as a Trainee Banking Officer at Citizens International Bank Plc.

Following his time at Citizens International Bank Plc, Abolore Solebo transitioned to Broad Bank of Nigeria Plc in 2002, where he served as a Banking Officer. Subsequently, he ventured to the UK and later returned to Nigeria in 2008 to join Fidelity Bank. Apart from his extensive experience as a seasoned corporate banker spanning various sectors, he also holds expertise as an Energy Sector professional.

Abolore Solebo is not only a seasoned corporate banker but also a distinguished keynote speaker and resource person on Oil and Gas matters in Nigeria. His involvement extends to significant multibillion-dollar projects and finance transactions within the sector.

He holds an MBA from London Business School (UK), an MSc in Financial Management and Economics (Middlesex University, UK) with Distinction, and a BSc in Accounting from Ogun State University.

Abolore Solebo has enriched his professional knowledge through attendance at executive management and leadership programs at esteemed international business schools, including Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School.

He is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and is also a member of The Energy Institute UK (Nigeria Branch).

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