Nigeria: Wema Bank appoints Opeke as new director to its board

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The Board of Wema Bank Plc has officially announced the appointment of Segun Opeke as an Executive Director.

The Bank disclosed that it has received approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria to appoint the new director and noted that Segun Opeke is a strong leader in their relevant sectors. They expressed confidence that he will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board of the Bank.

Mr. Segun Opeke is a result-oriented professional banker with an extensive career spanning over thirty-five years in leading Nigerian commercial banks.

He pursued his academic endeavors at the University of Lagos, where he studied Banking and Finance. Subsequently, he obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution in 1999.

He is also an alumnus of the Columbia Business School, New York, and the London Business School, United Kingdom.

Segun started his career at Chartered Bank Limited and played diverse strategic roles in various banking institutions including leading the consumer banking team in FSB International Bank before proceeding to Prudent Bank as an Area Manager.

Following the consolidation of Skye Bank in 2006, Segun worked as the bank’s Treasurer and Regional Director and later became the Group Head of Corporate Banking, Aviation, and Maritime group.

Upon Polaris Bank assuming control of the defunct Skye Bank in 2018, Segun Opeke assumed the role of Executive Director overseeing the Lagos Business and Corporate Banking directorates. He held this position until June 2023 when he retired from the Bank.

Segun Opeke has demonstrated a commitment to professional development by attending numerous programs in esteemed institutions worldwide. Notable among these are INSEAD and Euromoney in London, where he participated in various professional, management, and leadership courses.

He is a strong team player, and he is credited with making immense contributions in the areas of business development, corporate finance/restructuring, and digital transformation.

According to the Board, the appointment of the two new directors will substantially augment the depth of knowledge within the Bank’s Board of Directors.

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