Bimbola Wright is currently a General Manager and Group Head Coverage & Corporate Banking at FBN Merchant Bank with overall responsibility for a team of sector specialists and the Bank’s loan book. Prior to this, her over 28 years in banking was spent in NAL Bank (now part of Sterling Bank) and Kakawa Discount House.
In addition to Corporate Banking, her experience spans Treasury & Financial Institutions, Strategy & Research and Wealth Management. Key responsibilities in the course of her career have involved driving various initiatives including establishing the Private Banking Group and leading the TQM implementation both in NAL as well as managing diversity matters, anchoring CSR activities and co-ordinating the Balanced Scorecard project to implement a new performance management framework in Kakawa. Bimbola was a member of the Board of Directors of Kakawa Asset Management from 2006 till 2012 and was Chairman of its Board Investment Committee from 2008 till 2012. Furthermore, Bimbola served on the Executive Steering Committee that oversaw the migration of various businesses from FBN Capital to FBN Merchant Bank.
As part of her contribution to the development of the Nigerian financial market, Bimbola served on various committees including the Advisory Committee of the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System and the Code of Conduct Committee of the Money Market Association. Bimbola is a member of the Board of Governors of Pinefieds Montessori School, and served as an Alternate Director on the Board of Junior Achievement Nigeria, a position she held until 2015. As a committed mentor/coach, a significant amount of her time is spent supporting the development of individuals towards the realization of their potentials.
Bimbola holds an MA from University of Kent at Canterbury and a BSc from University of Surrey, both in the United Kingdom. An Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Member of the Institute of Management (Chartered), and has attended several management programmes at prestigious institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), London Business School and Euromoney, UK.