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Polaris Bank has appointed two new members into its executive leadership team.

A statement issued by the bank said, “Chinwe Iloghalu joins the bank as Executive Director, Lagos and Corporate Banking, while Martins Izuogbe joins the bank as Executive Director, Service and Technology.”

These appointments, according to the statement, “are an important landmark in the delivery of Polaris bank’s refreshed strategy, which is focused on technology and service as critical pillars for growth and is already delivering results, with deposit growth, an expanded product suite and service efficiencies all contributing to improved performance.

“The new management team is focused on positioning the bank to compete strongly in Nigeria’s dynamic financial services ecosystem and further appointments will be made into an expanded leadership team over time.”

Commenting on the appointments, Adekunle Sonola, the managing director of Polaris Bank said: “I am very pleased to welcome Chinwe and Martins to the executive leadership team at an exciting time for Polaris Bank. Both have extensive experience in the Nigerian banking sector, and strong track records in corporate banking, innovation and technology, which are integral to our strategy.

“We have set out some ambitious targets for growth over the coming years, and I am confident we have brought together the right management team to deliver on those targets. I look forward to working with Chinwe and Martins over the coming months and years.”


The bank described Iloghalu as a seasoned banker with more than 25 years’ of experience in financial services. Prior to her appointment, she was the General Manager/Regional Head at Fidelity Bank, covering the Lagos operations with extensive experience across the digital and electronic banking ecosystem.

It also said Izuogbe has 25 year’s experience in the banking sector, all with Fidelity Bank, where he served as the Regional Bank Head for Apapa prior to his appointment.


“He (Izuogbe) has spent a significant part of his career in operations and IT leadership roles, and brings that knowledge to his role leading our service and technology function.”

The statement said further, “Following the appointments, Segun Opeke (ED Lagos and Corporate banking) and Abdullahi Mohammed (ED North) will complete their tenures on the management team. Both executives played vital roles during the stabilisation of Polaris bank following the transition from Skye bank, helping to return the bank to profitability.”


On their contributions to the transition, Sonola said: “I would like to offer my thanks to Segun and Abdullahi for their help, support and guidance over the last six months. Following the acquisition of Polaris Bank by SCIL, they have been integral to the transition process, supporting the new board and CEO to build on the strong foundations they have established.”

Credit: Business Day

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