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FSDH changes chief executive


Bukola Smith

The Board of Directors of FSDH Group has appointed Mrs. Bukola Smith as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of FSDH Merchant Bank with approval secured by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This is coming even as Mrs. Hamda Ambah is bowing out after 28 years of service to FSDH, including four years and three months as the managing director of FSDH Merchant Bank.


Ambah retired from the bank with effect from April 27. She joined FSDH very early in its discount house days and is now retiring a little over eight years after the company became a merchant bank in 2013.

Mrs. Bukola Smith holds an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, U.K, and a B.Sc. Economics from the University of Lagos.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and an Associate Member of, Certified Institute of Pensions (Nigeria).

Mrs. Hamda Ambah

She brings 28 years of experience in the industry with a track record of strategic execution and leadership. She was appointed Executive Director, Business Development at First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in 2017 and held several other leadership positions since she joined FCMB in 2006.


In her most recent role, she was responsible for the bank’s 200 branches across the country, as well as the public sector, business banking, agriculture and transaction banking divisions.

Under her, the bank’s SME-focused team moved from the fifth position in the industry to the first position in 2019 (KPMG Customer Service Report 2020) within three years.

In addition, she established the FCMB Women in Business Desk (branded SheVentures) which supports female entrepreneurs. She also set up FCMB Trustees and FCMB Custody, both of which broke even in the first year of operations and are building traction in the asset management field.

The Board of FSDH Merchant Bank welcomes Mrs. Smith on board and is confident that she will take the bank to even greater heights.


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