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In November 1981, he returned to Nigeria and joined the International Merchant Bank (IMB) Plc, served in various capacities including heading the Treasury Department and becoming the Chief Credit Officer of the bank from June 1989 to January 1992. From January 1992 to June 1993, he was the Head of Audit and Risk Management Department.
In a very distinguished career within the financial services industry, Mr. Ebi went on to serve in leadership positions in notable banking sector organizations like
• African Continental Bank Plc – Executive Director, Corporate Banking (Sept 1993 – March 1995)
• New Nigerian Bank Plc – Managing Director / CEO (March 1995 – January 1998)
• Diamond Bank Plc – Deputy Managing Director (January 1998 – June 1999)
In June 1999, Mr. Ebi was appointed Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria where his tenure crossed two key portfolios of the Apex bank over a 10 year period; namely-
• Central Bank of Nigeria – Deputy Governor, Policy (June 1999 – August 2004)
• Central Bank of Nigeria – Deputy Governor, Corporate Services
(August 2004 – June 2009)
During this period, Mr. Ebi maintained oversight functions over Nigeria’s External reserves, International Economic Relations, Trade & Exchange and Research Departments among other responsibilities. He was a key member of the banking sector reform team especially the consolidation of Banks in 2006 and was Chairman of the implementation Committee of the Legendry Project EAGLES that transformed Central Bank of Nigeria to a leading Global Reserve Bank.
Mr. Ebi has excellent leadership skills and has successfully led high profile turn around initiatives for challenged organizations.
It is in recognition of his sound professional background and track record of meritorious service that the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2007 awarded him the National Honours of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR). In the same year, the Chartered Institute of Bankers also awarded him a Fellow of the Institute (FCIB).
Mr. Ebi served on several Presidential Committees namely;
• Member Presidential Committee on the Consolidation of Emoluments in public Sector. (2006-2007)
• Member Presidential Committee on Rural Transportation – 2004
• Member, Federal Government Task Force on Corporate Governance and Control in NNPC and other parastatals within the Ministry of Petroleum Resources – (January – August 2012)
Mr. Ebi has attended many high profile leadership courses / programs at IMD Switzerland, Harvard, Oxford and Brandeis Universities etc.
He seats on the Board of several blue – chip companies, namely:
Dangote Cement Plc – Member of the Board
Fidelity Bank Plc – Chairman of the Board
Agrited Nigeria Limited – Chairman of the Board
AIICO Pension Managers – Chairman of the Board
Federal Government Special Task Force on Corporate Governance & Control in NNPC and Other Parastatals Within The Ministry Of Petroleum Resources- (January – August, 2012) – Member
Beloxxi Industries Ltd – Chairman of the Board
Coronation Capital Investment Committee – Member
African Initiative for Governance (AIG) – Member Panel of Advisors
A proficient Estate Surveyor &Valuer with professional specialization in property valuation, project finance, procurements, syndicated asset management, valuation of aviation and navigation installations including aircraft, ships and vessels. He is currently the Managing Partner of Sun Oriala& Co, an estate management Firm. He joined the Board of Fidelity Bank Plc. with effect from October 23rd, 2014.
Mr. Charles has served on the board of various organizations as an Executive Director and a Non-Executive Director. He currently serves on the board of Profound Securities Limited – a subsidiary of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). He was the Managing Director/CEO of Comet Merchant Bank Limited (1995-1997) a position he held until he resigned to join Corimol Nigeria Limited.