NOVA Merchant Bank Limited, a leading merchant bank in Nigeria, has announced its plans to transition into a full commercial banking entity after successfully securing the national commercial banking license from the relevant authorities.
The bank has also announced the appointment of Mr Adebowale Oyedeji as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
According to a statement from the bank, Oyedeji’s appointment takes effect from January 2, 2024.
‘’Oyedeji is coming on board with several years of experience at the C-suite level from a major commercial bank in Nigeria and will be succeeding the erstwhile MD, Mr Nath Ude, whose tenure expired on November 6, 2023. The Board of NOVA has expressed its appreciation to Mr. Ude for his efforts and services to NOVA since his appointment in 2020,” the statement said.
‘’Oyedeji’s wealth of hands-on experience combined with a strong track record of delivering revenue objectives, business turnaround, improved productivity, people management, operational efficiency and risk control makes him a perfect fit to captain the ship of NOVA Merchant Bank.’’
He has held several executive positions in foreign and Nigerian environments giving him the global perspective to leading a financial institution to success.
“Oyedeji was previously the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank UK (a subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Bank Group) between 2008 and 2011 and was an Executive Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Group from 2011 to 2018 with supervision of various industry-focused Corporate and Commercial Banking teams that transformed the Group,” the statement noted.
Before he was appointed the MD/CEO of NOVA, Wale was on the Board of Stanbic-IBTC as an Independent Non-Executive Director from 2020 to 2023.
He would lead the new executive team to implement the Bank’s Accelerated Growth Initiatives for the next 5-year plan of the bank commencing January 2024.
“I am honoured to be the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of the proposed NOVA Commercial Bank which is set to positively change the entire banking landscape,” Oyedeji said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Board of NOVA Merchant Bank, Mr Phillips Oduoza, said, “This appointment is a reinforcement of the Bank’s belief that with the right people and leadership, using technology and innovation, the Bank will compete favourably for market share in the commercial and retail banking space.
“The Board believes that Wale’s hands-on experience and communication skills combined with his strong leadership capabilities will help NOVA deliver improved execution and financial performance.”
He is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan where he bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. He also obtained his M. Sc degree in Financial Economics from the University of London and Advanced Management Programme from Havard Business School.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and an Honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.