|Type||Public limited company|
|Headquarters||Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria|
|Area served||Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, UK|
|Key people||Macaulay Pepple, Chairman
Jim Ovia, CEO
|Net income||₦17.2 billion|
|Total assets||₦1.2 trillion|
|Subsidiaries||Zenith Insurance, Zenith Pension Custodian, Zenith Securities, Zenith Bank Ghana, Zenith Bank UK, Zenith Trust Company, CyberSpace Networks|
Zenith Bank is a Nigerian bank with headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos. As of December 2010, it is the second largest company in the country. In addition to Nigeria, the bank has branches in the Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
Zenith Bank was established in May 1990. It became a public limited company in July 2004, and had an initial public offering on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on October 21 of that year. Also in 2004, credit rating agency Fitch Ratings identified its credit as AA- on their long-term scale.
The Bank has been in a series of controversies regarding its labor practices. The bank developed a penchant for mass terminations of staff employment without regard to due process. A series of court cases instigated against the bank by ex-employees adds credence to this view. In 2010, the Bank was defrauded of about N7.5 Billion by a staff and was made to make provisions for it by Nigeria's reserve bank.
Jim Ovia is the company's pioneer chief executive officer, Peter Amangbo is Managing Director, Adaora Umeoji, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, and Sola Oladipo are Executive Directors. Jim Ovia is chairman of the board. The company has a total of 3,911 employees. In January 2010 the Board of Directors of the Bank announced a change. The Board of Zenith Bank Plc announced the appointment of Peter Amangbo as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer designate of the Zenith Bank.
- 2007 African Bank of the Year (awarded by African Investor magazine)
- 2007 Quoted Company of the Year (awarded by Nigerian Stock Exchange)
- 2007 Socially Responsible Bank of the Year (awarded by African Banker magazine)
- 2005 Most Respected Bank in Nigeria (awarded by PricewaterhouseCoopers)
- 2005 African Bank of the Year (awarded by The Banker magazine)
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