Unified Payments appoints Shehu Abubakar into board

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The Board of Directors of Nigeria’s premier payment service company and Fintech, Unified Payments (UP), has announced the appointment of Shehu Abubakar as independent non-executive director.

Chairman of the Board of UP and Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, who announced the appointment, said Abubukar will provide valuable insight to the Board and the management of UP from his three decades of unbroken wealth of experience in Nigeria’s dynamic financial industry.

He said Abubakar’s appointment as an independent non-executive director is in line with global corporate governance best practices, and one of the measures geared towards positioning UP as the most preferred E-payment services provider in Africa.

A statement by the firm explained that Abubakar has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, during which time he held strategic positions in different banks.

He began his career in Co-operative and Commerce Bank Plc, where he served as an intern under the National Youth Service Corps scheme and worked at different times in International Merchant Bank, FSB International Bank, Fidelity Bank, and Keystone Bank where he retired as an Executive Director.

His banking experience covers areas such as corporate banking, public sector, corporate finance, leasing and treasury. His board experience includes being Director of a number of companies including Global Bank of Liberia, KBL Health Insurance and Cement Company of Northern Nigeria.

In the course of his career, Abubakar has attended many courses within and outside Nigeria including the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Wharton Business School among others and has a wide range of experience in Strategy, Leadership and Executive Management, Customer Relations and Management and Corporate Finance among others.

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