Tunde Lemo, Mudassir Amray … meet bankers behind Titan Trust Bank, 2 years old

Thursday, a 2-year-old Titan Trust Bank (TTB) acquired an 89.39% stake in the 104-year-old Union Bank of Nigeria Plc.

Players described the acquisition as a laudable achievement for the newly formed bank.

Titan Trust operates as a commercial bank with national license.

“The bank was established on December 12, 2018 and began to operate fully as a national commercial bank after obtaining its national bank license on April 26, 2019,” read a statement describing the bank on its website.

In 2019, the bank recorded a profit of 644 million naira and in 2020, its profit after tax increased to 2.9 billion naira.

The bank prides itself on its license as the “first national banking license that the Central Bank of Nigeria has granted in the past ten years.”

“The Bank was created to take advantage of identified gaps in the banking sector and address the unmet needs of the mass retail market, SMEs and enterprises,” the profile says.

So who are the titans behind the new bank?

TUNDE LEMO, PRESIDENT

Tunde Lemo, Chairman of Titan Trust Bank, is a Nigerian banker and former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He also chairs Flutterwave, an Africa-based financial technology company.

Lemo attended the University of Nigeria at Nsukka, with first class honors, in 1984.

He began his career with Arthur Anderson & co., An American holding company based in Chicago, in 1985. The company ceased operations in August 2002.

In 2000, Lemo was Managing Director of Wema Bank Plc.

He then became Deputy Governor of Operations and Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2003.

On January 2, 2004, Lemo became Director and Chairman of Abuja Securities & Commodity Exchange Plc.

He became a non-executive director of Africa Finance Corporation, a pan-African multilateral development financial institution, in May 2007.

Having been appointed president of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 6, 2017, he effectively became president of the agency in July 2018.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

MUDASSIR AMRAY, CEO

Mudassir Amray, Chairman and CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Titan Trust, is a banker with extensive experience (over 25 years) in management positions.

He has worked in seven countries across continents including the United States, Nigeria, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Pakistan.

At Citibank Nigeria Limited, Amray was Managing Director and Business Manager from July 2013 to July 2018.

He became Managing Director of Citibank New York – a position he held from August 2018 to January 2019 – before joining Titan Trust Bank in January 2019.

Since the start of his career, Mudassir has held various management positions at Citibank and other foreign and local banks.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Karachi, Pakistan.

ADAEZE UDENSI, MANAGING DIRECTOR

Adaeze Udensi, Executive Director of Titan Trust Bank, joined the company in April 2019.

Prior to that, she was a former Executive Director of Heritage Bank. She joined Heritage in March 2015 and served as Executive Director and Head of Compliance.

Udensi has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry and extensive training in business administration, chartered banking and credit management.

Udensi obtained a Doctorate (PhD) in Credit Management from the International University of Panama.

Editor’s Note: Adaeze Udensi’s banking experience has been updated from over 10 years to 20 years.


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