Keystone Bank Limited, one of Nigeria’s tier-2 lenders, has announced the appointment of Tijani Aliyu, Olaniran Olayinka and Lawal Jibrin Ahmed in the capacity of executive directors as part of the bank’s strategy to realign its operations for sustained business growth.
Umaru Modibbo, chairman, Keystone bank, said the promotion of the three former general managers to the position of executive directors is in line with the bank’s corporate governance and culture of maximizing its human capital through consistent leadership development and training.
Modibbo said ‘’since we restructured, we have intentionally and proactively nurtured our talents in readiness for future leadership opportunities that will arise in the organisation. It is, therefore, a major feat for us that we were able to appoint the three new executive directors from our internally groomed executives.’’
Omobolanle Osotule, divisional head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, said the appointment of the directors was in line with the strategic business intent and corporate realignment of the bank to sustain continued business growth.
She added that the new executive directors would now join the executive management office to pursue and deliver on the bank’s strategic business objectives bringing to bear their in-depth wealth of banking experience garnered over the years across various sectors of the economy.
Tijani Aliyu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Bayero University, Kano and an MBA from the Bangor Business School, United Kingdom (UK). His experience spans more than two decades in both regulatory and top financial institutions in Nigeria. He is a member of various professional bodies and has attended various courses within and outside Nigeria including INSEAD Business School and the US Federal Reserve Bank in Washington.
He is a consummate risk professional and a member of the Risk Managers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). His experience in the financial services sector covers operations, treasury, banking supervision finance and mergers and acquisitions as well as risk management. Until his elevation, he was the Chief Risk Officer, Keystone Bank Limited.
Olaniran Olayinka holds a First Class Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the prestigious University of Lagos.
Until his elevation, he was the Regional Head, Corporate Bank and West, Keystone Bank Limited.
Jibrin Ahmed holds an LL.B degree from the University of Jos in Plateau State and an LL.M degree from the University of Dundee in the UK. He has more than 19 years post-call experience that cuts across legal practice, banking regulation, process improvement, conflict resolution, project management and regulatory compliance.
He has attended several executive courses and programmes in banking operations, credit, risk management, business process re-engineering and change management, among others.
He had a four years stint with PricewaterhouseCoopers and 25 years banking experience covering operations, human resources management, corporate banking, commercial banking, retail banking and institutional banking.
He is a Fellow of the Compliance Institute of Nigeria (FCIN) and has attended top global educational and professional institutions including the London School of Economics (LSE), UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Management Delft, Netherlands, the Clingendael Institute for International Relations, Den Haag, Netherlands, US Federal Reserve, Washington DC, USA and Financial Stability Institute of the Bank for International Settlements. Until his elevation, he was the Chief Compliance Officer, Keystone Bank Limited.