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Chuks Udo Okonta
Premium Pension Limited, has appointed Umar Sanda Mairami as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive officer. He succeeded Wilson Ideva, who formally retired from the Company.
A statement signed by Aliyu Mohammad Ali, for Head Corporate Communication, said
Mairami, is a seasoned banker of repute, a distinguished member of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), began his career with the then Habib Nigeria Bank Limited as a Trainee Officer of the Yola branch of the bank.
As a thoroughbred professional, he joined the then Intercity Bank Plc in 1999 where he served as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Director. He acquired inestimable robust experience having traversed and headed major strategic core banking groups which comprised Corporate Planning; Corporate Promotions; Credit Administration; Training and other aspects of banking covering Credit Management, Relationship and Branch Management as well as Branch Coordination at the bank’s Head Office. He also served as Deputy General Manager, Group Head Corporate Services covering, Human Resources, Administration, Financial Control and Information Technology departments.
As a result of the banking reforms of 2004 which ensued fusing of Intercity Bank with eight other banks to form Unity Bank Mairami was appointed as the bank’s pioneer head of Human Capital Management department. He was also head of Asset Management Committee and subsequently resigned as Head of Operations of the Bank.
During his maiden briefing to the members of staff at his assumption of office, Mr. Mairami said, during his tenure the company will be more customer centric in alignment with the vision and mission of the Company. “We will stay close to our customers and do everything possible to serve them properly, our Customers will be at the beginning, the middle and end of our strategy”. The new CEO further reiterated the commitment of the Management to pay particular attention to capacity development to ensure that PPL staff remain professional.
Until his current appointment, he was an Executive Director Business Development and Investment with Legacy Pension Managers Limited.
In the course of his illustrious banking career spanning over two (2) decades, he attended several prestigious local and international training programs and Business schools across the globe. He was a member of the Education Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria as well as Director of Northlink Insurance Brokers Limited.
The new CEO was warmly received on his arrival by the Executive Director Kabir Tijjani and the entire Management staff of the company.
The appointment of Umar Mairami is in tandem with the strategic focus of the Premium Pension Limited to become the foremost Pension Fund Administrator in the country. He is expected to bring to bear his several years of cumulative experience in banking and financial industry.