Innocent C. Ike: Executive Director
Innocent has over twenty-six years of successful professional banking experience acquired from leading Nigerian banks, mainly GT Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc. and recently, Keystone Bank Limited where , he was an Executive Director and he recorded very outstanding contributions and achievements towards the successful turn-around and repositioning of the bank.
Before joining the Board of Keystone Bank Limited in August 2014, Innocent had played a key role in the transformation of Access Bank Plc, where he worked as General Manager/Group Head both in the Corporate & Commercial Banking Divisions. His visionary and dynamic leadership skills as well as strong execution capabilities were very instrumental to the landmark successes and achievements recorded by the bank in the various markets and regions led by him in his ten years of employment in Access Bank. Prior to joining Access Bank Plc., he worked in erstwhile Fortune international Bank Plc. and GT Bank Plc., where he occupied very strategic positions in Commercial Banking, Treasury, Currency Trading as well as Operations & Technology Divisions. He also acquired valuable experience in Corporate Finance and Enterprise Risk Management.
Prior to his appointment on the Board of Polaris Bank Limited, Innocent was the Executive Director in charge of the Technology and Services Directorate in the erstwhile Skye Bank where he brought his wealth of experience to bear. Before starting a career in banking, Innocent had trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the international accounting firm of Deloitte, where he rose to the position of Audit Senior, before joining GT Bank Plc. in 1992. Whilst in Deloitte, he handled various audit, consulting and financial advisory assignments.
Innocent is a graduate of Accounting from the University of Lagos, where he was the Best Graduating Student (1988) as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Fellow Institute of Credit Administration, Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), and Member of Institute of Directors (IOD). He has at various times undertaken professional management and leadership programs in world class institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, International Management Development Institute (IMD) Switzerland, Euromoney London and Covey Leadership Centre.