The Ecobank Group has announced the appointment of Mr Anthony Okpanachi as Deputy Managing Director for its Nigeria affiliate, Ecobank Nigeria Limited.
A statement from the bank explained that prior to the appointment; Okpanachi was the Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Kenya and Regional Head for East Africa, comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Okpanachi's banking career spans over 23 years, with 16 of those in senior management levels.
"He is a professional banker and strategists with experiences in treasury operations, Retail Business development and Relationship Management amongst others.
"Okpanachi who has trained both locally and internationally holds a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) and first and second degrees in Economics at distinction levels from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Lagos," it added.
Commenting on the appointment, Ecobank Group Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Tanoh, described the role of the new deputy managing director as a "critical one for the organisation, and will help support the acceleration of the transformation of the affiliate as we work towards a leadership position in the market".
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria Mr. Jibril Aku, who congratulated Okpanachi on the new position, said the appointment was part of the bank's strategy to compete favorably and position as one of top three banks in Nigeria.