Here is what you didn’t know about the new Group Managing Director of UBA Group

The United Bank of Africa (UBA), on Tuesday announced the appointment of a new Group Managing Director (GMD), Kennedy Uzoka. Kennedy Uzoka takes over from Philip Oduoza who will retire on July 31st 2016 after leading UBA Group for two terms. However, it is worthy to note that Uzoka’s appointment remains subject to the approval of CBN. This announcement was made known at a meeting by the UBA Group Board held at UBA House Lagos Nigeria.

“Kennedy brings an extremely strong skill set and is ideally positioned to lead UBA in its next phase of growth. His most recent experience of managing the Group’s increasingly important African business, is particularly relevant, as we all work to build one of the leading financial services franchises in Africa,” said Tony Elumelu, chairman of the UBA Group as quoted in a statement from the Bank..

Here is what you didn’t know about Kennedy Uzoka

His Education Background

Kennedy Uzoka is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from University of Benin and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Lagos. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Nigeria. He also holds several certificates from the Harvard Business School in the following : Advanced Management Program, Leadership in Financial Institutions Europe, Strategic HR in Transforming Organisations Course and  Competition and Strategy. He was the best student in degree examinations in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Benin, Benin City (1987 Session).

Employment history with UBA

Uzoka has been with the UBA Group since 2006. He was the General Manager and Head of UBA Group South Bank covering across the Easter, Southern, Mid-Western and Western States of Nigeria. Prior to UBA’s Merger with Standard Trust Bank(STB), he was Regional Director-South East, Vice President-Northern Nigeria, Chief Marketing Officer— Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Marketing Officer, Lagos and later, Managing Executive Officer at STB.

He also held the following positions Group Director, Resources, Group Human Resources Director, Executive Director, Resources, Deputy Managing Director UBA Bank for Africa. He is also a member of MasterCard Advisory Board Middle East & Africa (MEA). He is currently  the Deputy Managing Director/CEO UBA Africa.

Membership and followership

He is a Board Member of Central Securities Clearing System(CSCS) Limited; Fellow of Chartered Institute of Credit Administration(ICA); Director in Financial Institutions Training Center (FiTC); Registered Professional of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria; Member of Institute of Directors (IoD).

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