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Umar Yahaya Chairman Appointed October 2014

As a senior executive, Umar Yahaya has a solid commercial and investment banking background. In addition, he has a broad range of Board experience from both executive and non-executive positions in various industries. With his broad experience and analytical mind, Umar drives robust debate and facilitates a culture of openness in the boardroom. He has served on the Boards of PZ Cussons Foundation, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, the former New Africa Merchant Bank and was Chairman of Leadway Assurance Plc. He was the President of the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce and a Nigeria Vision 2020 Business Support Group member.

Umar holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has an Advanced Diploma in Management from Harvard Business School and an Executive Management Diploma in Strategy and Organisation from Stanford Graduate School of Business, both in the USA.