Meet Adaora Umeoji: Introducing Zenith Bank’s Inaugural Female GMD/CEO


Adaora Umeoji is set to assume the role of Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO) at Zenith Bank Plc starting from June 1, 2024. She will be replacing Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, whose successful five-year term concludes on May 31, 2024. This appointment marks a significant milestone as Dr. Adaora Umeoji becomes the first female GMD/CEO in the bank’s history.

Meet Adaora Umeoji

Dr. Umeoji brings a wealth of experience to her new position. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank since October 28, 2016, accumulating nearly thirty years of banking experience, with twenty-six years specifically at Zenith Bank. Her educational background includes degrees from prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, and University of Salford, United Kingdom. She holds a doctorate in business administration from Apollos University, USA.

Dr. Umeoji is a fellow of several professional bodies, including the Chartered Banker Institute (UK), Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, among others. Her contributions to nation-building were recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria, which honored her with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in 2022. Additionally, she is a Peace Advocate of the United Nations (UN-POLAC).

Beyond her professional achievements, Dr. Umeoji is deeply committed to philanthropy and humanitarian work. She founded two NGOs: the Pink Breathe Cancer Foundation and the Adorable Foundation. These organizations focus on cancer education, patient support, and the education of indigent children, particularly the girl child. Her dedication to humanity was recently acknowledged when she received the Humanitarian Service Icon Award for 2023 from the Sun Newspaper.

Dr. Adaora Umeoji’s appointment reflects Zenith Bank’s commitment to leadership development and succession planning, as she emerges as a trailblazer in the banking industry. We eagerly anticipate her impactful leadership as she takes the helm at Zenith Bank! 🌟👏

For more details, you can read the official announcement here.


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