Board of Directors


Jim Ovia

Jim Ovia is Co-founder and pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive of Union Investment Bank Plc . He has about three decades cognate banking experience. He is a member of the Governing Council of Lagos State University, Lagos and also a member of the Board of Trustees, Redeemer's University For Nations, Lagos. He is the promoter of the proposed University of Information and Communication Technology , Agbor, Delta State and he served on the board of American International School, Lagos [2001 -2003].


Ebenezer Onyeagwu

Mr. Ebenezer N. Onyeagwu is a graduate of accounting from Auchi Polytechnic, Nigeria. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1986 and became a Fellow (FCA) of ICAN in 2003. Mr Onyeagwu is an alumnus of the University of Oxford. England, from Macroeconomics. He also undertook extensive executive-level education in Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School of Columbia University, and the Harvard Business School of Harvard University, in the United States.

He has over 29 years of experience in the banking industry in Nigeria, out of which 17 is in Union Investment Bank Plc. Before he became the Group Managing Director/CEO of Union Investment Bank Plc with effect from June 1, 2019 he was the Deputy Managing Director. Mr Onyeagwu is on the board of FMDQ Securities Exchange Plc and Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities Limited (SANEF). He is the chairman of Zenith Pensions Custodian Limited and Zenith Nominees Limited. He also served on the Boards of Union Investment Bank Ghana and African Finance Corporation (AFC). Mr Onyeagwu is committed to sustainable banking and shares the belief that businesses should be a force for the creation of shared prosperity.


David Somers

David is a Non Executive Director for National Bank of Egypt UK; Chairman of the investment committees of Fujitsu Technologies Pension Scheme and TCF Fund Managers; Chairman of the Union Investment Bank Audit & Compliance Committee. David is an Economics graduate and a qualified accountant (FCCA). Before taking early retirement in 2005, David spent over 30 years at a senior level in institutional investment management, travelling extensively in the Middle East and Far East.


Ian Ogilvie

Ian is a Director with executive and non-executive experience in financial services and fintech. He is an adviser to a number of financial technology companies in the UK and Asia. Ian held senior global and regional positions during a 34 year career with HSBC working in Europe and Asia across a range of businesses functions, particularly focused on transformational change across retail and corporate banking. His commercial expertise includes strategy implementation, proposition development, technology, operations, risk and financial management.

Ian holds an honours degree from Cambridge University, has an ACCA Accounting & Finance qualification and has completed international Business Management courses at both Insead and University of Michigan.


Andrew Gamble

Andrew is a Non-Executive Director of African Export-Import Bank and sits on the Bank’s Executive Committee. He is Chairman of the Union Investment Bank Board Risk Committee. He sits on the Boards of various other companies in a non-executive capacity and acts as a legal and business consultant for banks and law firms. Andrew is a law graduate and qualified English solicitor. He retired from the international law firm of Hogan Lovells at the end of 2013. During his career of 37 years at that firm he held various positions including London Regional Managing Partner, Head of International Banking and Head of Africa.


Jeffrey Efeyini

Chairman of Union Investment Bank Remuneration and Appointments Committee, Mr. Efeyini is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, United Kingdom. He holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Between 2003 to 2009, he was an Independent Director with Union Bank UK Plc, London. He was also a Director and later Chairman of Britain Nigeria Business Council, London. He started his professional banking career with Barclays Bank International, United Kingdom, later Union Bank of Nigeria and rose to the position of the pioneer Chief Executive/General Manager, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, London.


Pamela Mimi Yough

Pamela joined Union Investment Bank on 12 June 2017. She has a wealth of experience in banking with a career spanning over 25 years. Prior to joining ZBUK she managed and ran a self-owned Consulting Firm, engaging in financial advisory services. She worked in Union Investment Bank PLC for over 13 years (1999-2012) in various capacities, heading several departments including MCP Group (Multilateral, Conglomerates & Private Banking) and Investor Relations where she was the General Manager arranging all the long term foreign funding of the Zenith Group. Other departments she headed in ZPLC were Treasury, Head Office Operations, Public Sector, Correspondent Banking and Revenue Collection. Pamela has served as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of various subsidiaries of Zenith Group, including Zenith Registrars and Zenith Realtors. She is an alumnus of Oxford and Stanford Universities. 


Henry Onwuzurigbo

Henry joined Union Investment Bank from Union Investment Bank PLC in September 2017. He has spent 21 years of his Banking career with Union Investment Bank group and has held various Senior Management positions ranging from Head Of Operations, Head Of Marketing, Branch Management, Regional/Zonal Management, Head Of Inspection and Deputy Group Chief Inspector, before joining the Union Investment Bank (UK) team. He was also once the Head Of Internal Audit of Zenith Pensions Custodian Limited (a subsidiary of Union Investment Bank PLC). He joined Union Investment Bank group from Coopers & Lybrands Chartered Accountants (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) where he practiced and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute Of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (FCA), a member of Institute Of Internal Auditors (UK), an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and also a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria.

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