First Bank of Nigeria Limited has a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is Patrick Iyamabo
His appointment follows the elevation of the former CFO, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, to Managing Director/CEO of the bank.
Mr. Iyamabo’ s appointment, which is still subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is consistent with FirstBank’s focus on corporate governance and best practice, and ensuring a balance of knowledge, judgment and experience at the highest decision making level in the bank.
The new CFO started his career with Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Professional Services) as an auditor in the banking and finance practice, and rose to the position of experienced manager in the assurance and risk consulting practice, before he left the country for further studies abroad.
At various times, Mr Iyamabo also worked with Booz Allen Hamilton (New York) and LE.K Consulting (Boston) as an experienced strategy and M&A consultant, advising private and listed corporations in the US.
He returned to Nigeria in 2007, to join FCMB Plc as vice president/head, strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He led the acquisition, restructuring and merger of FinBank Plc into FCMB in 2012, where he was the chief financial officer/integration director on secondment from FCMB.
Until his appointment, Mr. Iyamabo was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of FCMB Group Plc with oversight responsibility for accounting and finance, capital and liquidity management, mergers and acquisition, portfolio management and investor relations.
He has over 20 years of extensive experience across various industries both within and outside Nigeria. He also has significant cross functional experience in accounting, audit, strategic management, mergers and acquisition and finance, which will be immensely beneficial to the bank in his new role as the chief financial officer.
Iyamabo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA and participated in an MBA exchange program at INSEAD in Singapore.
He has also attended professional programmes at various institutions including the Harvard Business School, in Boston.
He is a member of various professional bodies, including Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA); Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACIT); Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration (FICA); Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HSM CIBN); and Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA).
Adeduntan, in welcoming Mr. Iyamabo to the FirstBank Board, commented: “Patrick’s track record typifies our Bank’s value system hinged on passion, partnership, innovation, creativity and dynamism. I am confident that he will help drive sustainable growth, development and value creation in FirstBank.”