GTB’s Bank’s Wale Oyedeji and Olutola Omotola have resigned from the bank.
According to Nairametrics, an online platform, the two executive directors resigned about two weeks ago, for which the bank wants to keep under wraps for now.
It was further gathered that bank will soon make it public in the next few days.
Olutola Omotola was the Head of Corporate Services at the bank while Wale Oyedeji was the Executive Director and Head of Corporate Banking. Omotola and Oyedeji both joined the board on October 19, 2011. Segun Agbaje was appointed that same year as Managing Director.
Current Head of Wholesale Banking Division and General Manager at the bank Miriam Olusanya is thought to have been put forward by the bank as the next Executive Director. She also served as Divisional Head of Wholesale Banking Division and was Deputy General Manager, Head of Treasury Group and Senior Manager of Institutional Banking Division of the bank.
As at the time of this publication, gregnwadikeblog.com could not ascertain reasons for their resignation but information from various sources with knowledge of the matter suggests the two directors may have been forced out over irreconcilable differences between them and the CEO, Segun Agbaje. However, we also understand that the directors resigned amicably and that there is no power tussle or acrimony.
Analysts who spoke to Nairametrics expressed surprise at their resignations, especially that of Wale Oyedeji, who as we understand, was on track to be “the next” Managing Director. Another insider who pleaded anonymity believes there has been a strain in the relationship at the top management level of the bank for some months and this may have led to these resignations.
Other sources indicate that no one had been earmarked to be “the next” Managing Director but rather the company had only started the process of preparing the bank for the next set of leaders.
Former Deputy Managing Director at the bank, Cathy Echeozo, who retired last year March after 24 years at the bank, was said to have nominated Bolaji Lawal as a director. The decision was believed not to have gone down well with some senior executives at the bank. However, this is not surprise as such decisions at this level can be highly contentious.
The bank had in recent years suffered negative publicity, especially from its matter with Chief Innocent Chukwuma who is the Chairman of Innoson Motors, Nnewi in Anambra state.
However, the bank is still keeping their resignation secret. According to metrobusinessnews.com, the bank still had the profile of the two ex-Executive Directors on its website as directors of the bank.
We understand that the delay being experienced in announcing the result is to allow for a minimum notice period during which the board will need to accept the resignation. Also, their resignation is not effective until the notice period lapses.
The Central Bank is expected to approve the appointment of any new executive director at the bank.