Dr. Remi Oni

Executive Director/ Corporate Banking

Dr. Remi Oni is the Executive Director, Corporate Banking. Until his appointment on April 15, 2016, he was Executive Director, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Nigeria and West Africa at Standard Chartered Bank. He also had concurrent primary responsibilities for the International Corporates Client Segment business for Standard Chartered Bank in West Africa. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director in Nigeria and West Africa, ‘Remi held a variety of senior management roles including Executive Director/Head of Origination & Client Coverage at Standard Chartered Bank in Uganda and concurrently Regional Head, Network Clients business for SCB in Africa and Head of Local Corporates in SCB Nigeria.

A seasoned banker with over 24 years’ experience in Corporate Banking, Corporate Finance, Commercial Banking and Retail Banking, Remi brings to bear on the Board of FirstBank practical skills set in the areas of deals origination and structuring, relationship management, business management and strategy. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Ilorin, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), as well as Master of Science in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), a member of the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN) and the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA). ‘Remi has also attended trainings in many renowned international institutions, including the prestigious Oxford University and INSEAD, Singapore campus. He is happily married and widely travelled.

Gbenga began his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants as an External Auditor and Tax Consultant. Over the course of his outstanding career, he became the Divisional Head, Corporate Banking Division of MBC International Bank Limited and subsequently, the General Manager, Corporate/Commercial Banking of FBN (Merchant Bankers) Limited before joining the Bank. At FirstBank, he has served in senior management roles at various times as the General Manager Products & Channels Group; Business Development Manager in charge of Rivers & Bayelsa States; and also held the position of Group Head, National Corporates.

Gbenga has over 30 years’ work experience from reputable organizations out of which he has garnered more than 26 years in the Banking Industry in Credit & Relationship Management; Products Development & Improvement; Treasury; Product Sales and Banking Operations, amongst others.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an alumnus of Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School. Gbenga also holds a B.Sc. Degree in Political Science from the University of Ife. In addition, he has taken various courses and attended various programmes in top-rated business schools including The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Stanford University.

Gbenga is the first person to be appointed to the position of Deputy Managing Director of FirstBank in the Bank’s over 120 years history, a testament to his total commitment and professionalism. He is happily married with children and loves reading, playing golf and lawn tennis.

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