Hello Nigerians, good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of the Rebrand Nigeria Champions Series!

Despite the political dramas, fraud cases and other negative news about Nigeria, Many Nigerians are making the country proud at the global stages and we are honored to celebrate them as the Rebrand Nigeria champions.

One of these great Nigerians is Segun Agbaje, the CEO and managing director of Guarantee Trust Bank who has been elected to the board of directors of PepsiCo, an American multinational food, snack and beverage corporation headquartered in Harrison, New York.

Julius Olusegun Agbaje is a banker and an entrepreneur. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank, one of the leading African financial institutions. Segun Agbaje is an accomplished and respected professional in the banking industry.

Segun Agbaje attended St Gregory’s College,  Obalende Lagos State and St Augustine Academy, Kent for his secondary education then proceeded to University of San Francisco in America where he gained both a BSc in Accountancy and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

He began his career working for Ernst & Young, San Francisco, USA and left in 1991 to join GTBank as a pioneer staff. He rose through the ranks to become an Executive Director in January 2000, and Deputy Managing Director in August 2002.

Agbaje was appointed Acting Managing Director in April 2011 and was named substantial MD/CEO of the bank.

He  has broken new grounds in the Nigerian banking industry, he helped in developing the Interbank Derivatives market among dealers and introduced the Balance Sheet Management Efficiency system.

Under his governance, GTBank evolved into a premier and profitable financial institution in Africa. The bank became one of the highest employers of labour in Nigeria. He played a great role in moving the bank’s business dealings from a corporate banking stronghold to retail marketing which is more market-oriented.

Going by his official biography, Segun Agbaje was very instrumental in putting together GTBank’s landmark USD350million Eurobond offering in 2007. Later that year, he helped the bank in listing its US$750 million Global Depository Receipts (GDR) in an exceptional way in the domestic and international capital markets. This act made GTBank the first bank in Sub-Saharan Africa to be listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

He further led the bank to launch the first Sub-Saharan African financial sector benchmark Eurobond in 2011. GTBank launched its USD500million Eurobond without any government support or credit enhancement from any international financial institution.

In recognition of his giant strides in the banking and economic sector, Segun Agbaje has been awarded with numerous awards some of which include:

African Banker of the Year at African Banker Awards                         2012

CEO of the Year at City People Awards for Excellence                          2012

Banker of the Year- Africa by World Finance Awards                          2013

Pan-African CEO of the Year at EMEA Finance Awards                       2013

Banker of the Year by World Finance (UK) Awards                              2014

CEO of the year at Finance Monthly Global Awards                            2015

Banker of the Year (Africa) at World Finance Awards                        2015

CEO of the Year at Finance Monthly CEO Awards                               2015

Ai SRI 30 CEO of the Year at African Investor Awards                       2016

CEO of the Year at Finance Monthly CEO Awards                             2016

African Banker of the Year at African Banker Magazine Awards      2016

CEO of the Year at EMEA Finance Awards                                        2017

CEO of the Year at Finance Monthly CEO Awards                                 2017

Banker of the Year (Africa) at World Finance Awards                         2017

Ai 100 CEO’s of the Year by African Investors Awards                         2017

Banker of the Year (Africa) at World Finance Awards                         2018

African CEO of the Year at ADIC Awards                                          2018 We are proud of this great Nigerian as we celebrate him as a Rebrand Nigeria champion

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God bless Nigeria!


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