FBN holdings appoints Otedola as board chairman

By Abimbola Mahammed

Femi Otedola, the billionaire businessman and investor in Nigeria, has been appointed as the new chairman of board of directors at First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Holdings.

FBN Holdings notified investors of the new development in a corporate filing on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), recently.

The appointment is coming two years after Otedola becomes FBN single largest shareholder, by increasing his stake to 7.57%.

According to the bank, Otedola, who is also the chairman of Geregu Power, was appointed after a meeting by its board of directors on January 31, 2024.

FBN Holdings said Otedola joined its board on August 15, 2023, as a non-executive director.

“He is a visionary entrepreneur with a track record of pioneering businesses, growing and transforming corporations,” the financial institution said.

His first foray into the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry began with Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited thus disrupting and redefining standards in the industry. He thereafter initiated the purchase of majority shareholding in the then African Petroleum Plc in May 2007 and became the Chairman of the Board on 25 May 2007.

“His vision transformed African Petroleum Plc into Forte Oil Pic (FO PIc). The company grew in leaps and bounds to become a model of the possibilities inherent in Nigeria, winning numerous accolades in recognition of the successful business turnaround, diversified portfolio, prompt financial reporting, strong corporate governance, and Investment of choice within the oil and gas industry.

“In December 2018, he divested from the company by selling his shareholdings to the Ignite Consortium led by Prudent Energy Services Limited and handed over in June 2019 after completing the transaction,” the statement said.

The bank also said that he has investments spread across various other interests, including storage, shipping, and insurance brokerage in addition to port agency and petroleum retail outlets. “He has built a formidable, value-driven presence along the downstream value chain”.

Prior to the appointment, Otedola had been in the news for his recent acquisition of shares in Dangote Cement, an investment that has since been linked to the increase in the market capitalisation of the cement plant, and pushing Aliko Dangote back to the list of the world’s top 100 billionaires.

With a total wealth of $1.1 billion, Otedola was ranked as the 20th richest person in Africa by Forbes on January 22, 2024, making him the fourth richest Nigerian.


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