Mr. Bisi Onasanya
The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bisi Onasanya has emerged winner of the 2012 EMEA Finance ‘CEO of the Year Award’.
A statement from First Bank Tuesday said the bank also won the ‘Best Local Bank in Nigeria for 2012.’
According to the Publisher and Chief Executive of EMEA Finance, Christopher Moore, Onasanya’s choice was predicated on his prudent management of the bank.
“Onasanya continues to charter a course that secures the bank’s reputation as ‘world-class’. The bank is financially strong and secure. His nearly two decades of dedication and commitment to the bank and its growth have rewarded customers and shareholders alike.
“We are excited to be able to celebrate his medium and long term vision for the Bank, and the daily incremental quality, performance and professional enhancements that he has instituted”, he said.
According to Moore, First Bank is relentless in its search for growth and opportunity, saying that in the past 12 months, the bank reached several milestones including opening up its 700th branch.
“The success and frequent international recognition won by the bank is a tribute to the bank’s executive leadership team, and the efforts of all First Bank’s employees,” he said.
Commenting on the award, Onasanya said the financial institution would continue to build on its performance even as it seeks to win greater market share from retail and small business customers.
“We plan to grow in priority segments, especially the retail and emerging corporates. We also intend to continue strengthening our service proposition, including through optimising our distribution mix,” he declared.