Innocent C. Ike is the Ag. Managing Director/CEO of Polaris Bank Ltd and represents the bank on the Board of Directors of UP.
Innocent is a leading finance and banking professional with over three decades of outstanding career in leading commercial banks in Nigeria. He has been involved in developing and executing major corporate transformation and turn-around projects in the nation’s financial services industry leveraging a combination of deep industry knowledge as well as the application of relevant technologies and innovation.
He was appointed as the Ag. Managing Director/CEO of the Bank following the retirement of the former MD/CEO on August 31, 2020. He had previously been appointed as an Executive Director (Technology & Services) in the defunct Skye Bank Plc in July 2016, following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s intervention in the Bank. He was subsequently reappointed in the same capacity in Polaris Bank Limited in September 2018, upon the acquisition of the assets and some liabilities of the defunct Skye Bank Plc by Polaris Bank, and in that capacity, he led the Bank’s on-going Digital Transformation Project while also overseeing the South-South/South-East Directorate. This position he held until his recent appointment as the Ag. MD/CEO of the Bank.
Prior to his appointment on the Board of Skye Bank, Innocent was an Executive Director in Keystone Bank Limited, where he recorded outstanding contributions and achievements resulting in the successful turn-around, repositioning and eventual divestment of the bank by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
Before joining the Board of Keystone Bank in August 2014, Innocent had played key roles in the growth and transformation of Access Bank Plc, where, during a ten-year span, he rose to become a General Manager with responsibilities in the Corporate & Commercial Banking Divisions, and was at various times responsible for the Federal Capital Territory and the South-South Regions of the Bank.
Innocent has also been Chairman of Skye Bank Gambia Limited, and is currently a director of Mainone Cable Company Limited.
To prepare him for a successful career in the financial services industry and leadership roles in the corporate world, Innocent had acquired very sound professional training and exposure in some of Nigeria’s most reputable financial institutions. He worked in the erstwhile Fortune international Bank Plc as well as GT Bank Plc. where he spent most of the early years of his career and occupied several key and sensitive positions in Treasury, Currency Trading, Commercial Banking as well as Banking Operations Units. He equally trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the international accounting firm of Deloitte, where he handled key audit and consulting assignments.
Innocent, a graduate of Accounting from the University of Lagos, where he was the Best Graduating Student in 1988, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), a Certified IFRS expert and an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston and has at various times attended global management and leadership programs in world-class institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, International Management Development Institute (IMD) Switzerland, etc. He is also a Member of Institute of Directors (IOD).
Innocent is blessed with a lovely wife and four wonderful children.