The Board of SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited (SunTrust Bank) has appointed Mr. Jibril J. Aku its Board Chairman, succeeding Chief Charles Onyema Ugboko who retired from the Board upon attaining the retirement age in compliance with the Bank’s Articles of Association.
“The Board and Management of SunTrust Bank most sincerely thank Chief Charles Ugboko for his astute leadership and contributions to the Bank. Under his guidance, the Bank defined its strategic direction and made significant strides in executing its Fintech vision. We wish Chief Ugboko well in all his future endeavours” says Muhammad Jibrin, Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank.
The outgoing Chairman, Ugboko, commenting on his successor expressed delight at the appointment of Aku as Chairman saying: ‘Jibril Aku is a seasoned banker who has also had significant Board experience in the banking and financial industry generally. A combination that will significantly benefit both management and the Board.” He added, ‘I worked with him at Afribank and I have no doubt that as Chairman of the Board of SunTrust he will ensure that the Bank continues to execute and actualise the defined strategic initiatives which we began.”
Mr. Aku has over 34 years banking experience with 24 years spent in senior management levels. Prior to joining the board of SunTrust Bank, he served as Group Head, Strategy at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, in Lome, Togo and, was also Managing Director/CEO of Ecobank Nigeria Limited from 2010-2015. He is on the board of FMDQ OTC PLC as Vice Chairman.
Prior to joining the Ecobank Group, he was the Executive Director Operations and Information Technology at Former Afribank Nigeria Plc. Before joining the former Afribank, he was at Citibank Nigeria where he served in various capacities and departments and attained the position of Vice President and Country/ Regional Treasurer.
Mr. Aku graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with a Second class (Upper) bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is a holder of MBA degree from the University of Benin. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and various professional bodies. He was awarded Doctor of Science in Business Administration (D.Sc.) Honoris Causa by Achievers University, Ondo State.
He is married with children and holds the traditional title of OLIOKO of Uzanu in Edo State.