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Polaris Bank announces new board

Strategic Capital Investment has appointed a new board of directors, just 24 hours after announcing the acquisition of Polaris Bank.

The newly appointed board members will be in charge of navigating the bank’s affairs as it enters a new stage of growth.

According to a corporate disclosure issued by the bank on Friday afternoon, the new Board “will be led by the existing Chairman M K Ahmad. He will be joined on the board by 7 non-executive directors and 3 executive directors, bringing extensive experience in the banking and wider financial services sector in Nigeria and internationally, and expertise in corporate governance, human resource management, law and regulation.”

Polaris Bank’s chairman of the board of directors was quoted in the statement as saying:“I would like to thank the outgoing board members profusely for their hard work and dedication over the last four years as we have established a strong governance structure and stabilised the bank. I am very pleased with the progress we have been able to make, and that we have delivered on our mandate to prepare the bank for a return to private ownership. I am personally proud to have been asked to lead the bank into an exciting new future and I look forward to working with the new board and our core investors to build on the platform we have created.”

The following are the new board members:

Alhaji MK Ahmad (Chairman)

Mrs Aku Odinkemelu (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Abubakar Danlami Suleiman (Non-Executive Director)

Ms Salma Mohammed (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Adeleke Alex Adedipe (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Ahmed Almustapha (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Francesco Cuzzocrea (Non-Executive Director)

Mrs Olabisi Olubunmi Odunowo (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Adekunle Sonola (Executive – MD/CEO)

Mr Abdullahi S Mohammed (Executive Director)

Mr Segun Opeke (Executive Director)

Adekunle Sonola, the incoming MD/CEO of SCIL and new core investor, said on behalf of SCIL, “We are excited to participate in the next phase of growth for Polaris Bank and to have been able to recruit such an experienced and diverse Board of Directors we are confident can lead Polaris Bank into a new era of sustainable growth. This is an exciting time for the Nigerian financial services industry and we are committed to building on the strong foundations that have been established by the departing board. We would like to express our thanks for their service and wish them well.

“We have mandated the incoming management to develop an innovative, but sustainable growth strategy that prioritises the needs and aspirations of our current customers.”

Recall that the Central Bank of Nigeria and AMCON announced on Thursday that the sale of Polaris Bank shares to Strategic Capital Investment Limited (SCIL) for N50 billion had been completed.

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