Mrs. Chizoma Okoli, HCIB

Mrs. Okoli was appointed Deputy Managing Director, Retail South effective May 2022. She is a seasoned professional with approximately three (3) decades of robust   banking experience. She commenced her professional career in 1992 as an Executive Trainee in the defunct Diamond Bank Plc where she distinguished herself and rapidly rose through the ranks to become an Executive Director in 2016. Following the Bank’s merger with the defunct Diamond Bank in 2019, she was appointed Executive Director, Business Banking Division by the Bank.
Her robust experience cuts across commercial and consumer banking; corporate banking; branch banking, institutional banking, business banking and business development.
She obtained a Bachelor’s of Law degree from University of Benin and a Master’s in Business Administration from Warwick Business School, United Kingdom. She is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and a Member of the Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria.
Mrs. Okoli has attended various courses in Nigeria and abroad including the Advanced Management Programme of Wharton Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania, and the Senior Management Programme of the Lagos Business School. She is also an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

Professional Experience

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Appointment Date

Board Committee Membership

May 2022 - Date
Deputy Managing Director, Access Bank Plc

Honorary Senior Member, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria

Effective May 2022

Member, Board Credit and Finance Committee

March 2019-May 2022
Executive Director, Business Banking, Access Bank Plc

September 2016-March 2019

Executive Director,
Business Development
Former Diamond Bank Plc

MBA, Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK.

March 2015-September 2016

Head, Corporate Banking Directorate
Former Diamond Bank Plc

Senior Management Programme, Lagos Business School

October 2011-March 2015

Divisional Head
Institutional Banking
Former Diamond Bank Plc

Advanced Management Programme, Wharton Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

November 2008-October 2011
Regional Manager, Apapa
Former Diamond Bank Plc

Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island Lagos

April 2008-November 2008

Divisional Head, Branch Banking, Lagos 2  Division, Former Diamond Bank Plc

University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria - LL.B (Hons)

May 2007-April 2008

Group Head, National Corporate
Former Diamond Bank Plc

March 2006 to May 2007

Group Head, Commercial Banking, Adeola Hopewell Group
Former Diamond Bank Plc

June 2005-March 2006

Group Head, Commercial Banking, Lagos Island
Former Diamond Bank Plc

May 2003-June 2005

Branch Manager, Victoria Island
Former Diamond Bank Plc

July 2002-May 2003

Team Lead, Large Commercial Banking Group, Victoria Island
Former Diamond Bank Plc

November 2000- July 2002

Head, Corporate Banking/ Financial Institutions Unit, Marina Branch
Former Diamond Bank Plc

June 1998-November  2000

Head, Commercial and Consumer Banking, Marina Branch 
Former Diamond Bank Plc

January 1996-June 1998

Credit and Marketing staff, Commercial and Consumer Banking, Marina Branch
Former Diamond Bank Plc

November 1994-January 1996

Cash Officer
Former Diamond Bank Plc

April 1992- November 1994

Executive Trainee
Former Diamond Bank Plc



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