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Mr. Jim Ovia

Wrong Jim Ovia?

Founder

Local Address: Nigeria
Zenith Bank Plc
39 Cornhill
London EC3V 3NU
United Kingdom

Company Description: At Zenith Bank we are committed to providing the best service to our customers. An important step to help improve our service is to listen to you, our customers,...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Head of Accounting Operations
    Zenith Bank Plc
  • President
    Nigeria Internet Group
  • Profound Leadership Role
    Nigeria Internet Group

Education

  • honorary degree of Doctor of Science , Finance
    Lagos State University
  • B.Sc degree , Business Administration
    Southern University
  • Master's degree , Business Administration
    University of Louisiana , Louisiana
  • Harvard Business School
  • Bachelor's degree , Business Administration
    Southern University
  • Executive Education of Harvard University
102 Total References
Web References
Jim Ovia Zenith Bank Founder ...
www.bloombergtvafrica.com, 30 May 2014 [cached]
Jim Ovia Zenith Bank Founder Zenith Founder Sees Growth in Nigerian Websites and Hotels Bloomberg TV Africa Bloomberg TV Africa
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April 8 - Jim Ovia founded Zenith Bank, Nigeria's third-largest bank by market value.
Welcome to Zenith Bank > About Us > Management Team
www.zenithbank.com, 24 July 2013 [cached]
Jim Ovia
Jim Ovia is Co-Founder and pioneer Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc. He has over 25 years banking experience.
He is the Chairman of the Nigeria Software Development Initiative (NSDI) and also Chairman, National Information Technology Advisory Committee [NITAC]. He is a member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Investment Promotion Council [NIPC] and also a member of the Honorary International Investor Council.
Jim Ovia is a member of the Governing Council of Lagos State University, Lagos and also a member of the Board of Trustees, Redeemer's University For Nations, Lagos. He is the proprietor of the proposed University of Information and Communication Technology, Agbor, Delta State; he served on the board of American International School, Lagos [2001 -2003].
Jim Ovia headed various Non-Governmental Organisations [NGO] at various times including being the first President of the Nigeria Internet Group [2001-2003]; member, Tsunami Disaster Relief Committee and co-ordinator Nigerians United To Save Niger Republic [NUSAN].
He is the founder and Chairman of Mankind United to Support Total Education (MUSTE), a philanthropic organization focused on providing scholarship for the less privileged, of which some of the beneficiaries are now qualified Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers etc.
Jim Ovia is also the founder of the ICT Foundation for Youth Empowerment, which focuses on improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian Youths by inspiring and motivating them to embrace Information and Communication Technology. The initiative holds annual Youth Empowerment conferences.
In November 2000, Jim Ovia was conferred with the national award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the President, Federal Government of Nigeria. He had earlier received the Zik Award for professional leadership in April 1999. He was also conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science [D.Sc) in Finance by the Lagos State University in October, 2005.
Jim Ovia has a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana, Louisiana, USA in 1979 and a B.Sc degree in Business Administration from Southern University, Louisiana, USA (1977). He is also an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (OPM).
Jim Ovia is a motivational speaker and has delivered speeches at several conferences. He has authored several published and unpublished works and he is in the vanguard of promotion and propagation of Information and Communication Technology in Nigeria.
Welcome to Zenith Bank > About Us > Management Team
www.zenithbank.com, 24 June 2010 [cached]
[Jim Ovia] [Godwin Emefiele] [Peter Amangbo] [Elias Igbin Akenzua] [Apollos Ikpobe]
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Jim Ovia
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Jim Ovia
Jim Ovia is Co-Founder and pioneer Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc. He has over 23 years banking experience, including IMB, where he rose from the level of financial analyst in 1980 to a management position in 1987. He headed corporate finance department of Merchant Bank of Africa, 1987 to 1990. He gained early experience in the use of computer in 1977 when he worked as a part-time computer operator at Baton Rouge Bank & Trust Company, Louisiana. Jim Ovia is currently serving on the board of various organisations, including: Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, Nigerianet (British Council Internet Portal, Lagos), Redeemer's University, Lagos (under formation). He is the proprietor of University of Information and Communication Technology, Agbor, Delta State (under formation). He had also served on the board of American International School, Lagos (2001-2003) and a profound leadership role as the first President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) (2001-2003).
In November 2000, Jim Ovia was conferred with the national award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the President, Federal Government of Nigeria. He had earlier received the Zik Award for professional leadership in April 1999.
Jim Ovia has a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Louisiana, Louisiana in 1979 and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southern University, Louisiana, 1977. He is also an alumnus of Executive Education of Harvard University.
Jim Ovia is a motivational speaker and has delivered speeches at CTO, African IT and Conferences. He has authored several published and unpublished works. He is in the vanguard of promotion and propagation of ICT in Nigeria.
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www.estockswatch.com, 2 Sept 2014 [cached]
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Of the notable titans that contributed to modern banking in Nigeria, Tony Elumelu and Jim Ovia are the remaining two, having just re-emerged on the scene.
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The return of Jim Ovia and Tony Elumelu is expected to ignite a level of vibrancy in the Nigerian Banking landscape as these individuals could be described as Banking-Preneurs.
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To my mind, banks that can't cope with the reasoning and the agility of Jim Ovia and Tony Elumelu will play low in the emerging dispensation.
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I observed that Tony Elumelu and Jim Ovia assumed the position of Chairmanship of their different institutions all within one month interval.
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GAME CHANGER: JIM OVIA
INDUSTRY: BANKING
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History stands to place Jim Ovia as the last of 'the titans' of Nigeria's new generation bank. While some of his compatriots are dead, the rest are retired either as victims of high level boardroom politics, regulatory changes in policies guiding Nigerian banks or old age.
Perhaps by cheer luck, the force of acumen or age; Jim Ovia had survived boardroom politics to become boardroom guru. He is hardly heard openly or seen everywhere but yet, remains a strong voice and an imposing image, not only in the financial market but in Nigeria's corporate circle. While many of his peers in the financial market were regrettably swept off by the wind of regulatory changes without an immediate redemption, Jim Ovia on July 16, 2014 emerged to lead again as the chairman, the bank he had started as a young Chief Executive. The four years within which he left as the Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc was enough for him to venture into areas beyond banking with strong presence.
WHAT IS JIM BRINGING BACK TO ZENITH?
To Jim, The journey back to Zenith Bank Plc as the Chairman is a home coming and back into the ambience of the environment he built from the foundation. It is a coming back as a father to the people whose big uncle he was. The same set of people he probably employed, nurtured, groomed and developed to become who they are today. It is a coming back to lead the team, once more, not again as a mere Commander but as the Generalissimo. Jim can only come back to Zenith Bank plc to build upon the foundation he laid by himself, bringing with him, the reminiscence- the good and bad experiences of a starter and now, the experience to achieving the set goals that was truncated by regulatory changes. If the force of people is anything to be considered in equity investment, the second coming of Jim Ovia to lead Zenith Bank plc at the highest position confers a long term buy rating on Zenith Bank Plc stock.
Ventures Africa | Management
www.ventures-africa.com, 16 July 2014 [cached]
Jim Ovia Returns As Chairman Of Zenith Bank
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