This follows her initial appointment by the board as the acting Chairman in December 2019after the death of the former Chairman of the Bank, Cyril Odu, in September 2019.
Mrs Beatrice Hamza Bassey joined the Board of Union Bank as a Non-Executive Director in 2015. She is currently the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Atlas Mara Limited, a publicly listed financial services company that operates banks in various parts of Africa.
“I am delighted to lead the Board as we drive Union Bank’s growth strategy and entrench its position as a leading financial institution in Nigeria. As we move ahead, our focus remains to deliver greater value to our customers, shareholders, and all stakeholders,” Mrs Hamza Bassey commented on her appointment.
A reputable lawyer with extensive experience in corporate governance and financial institutions, Mrs Hamza Bassey is an authority in compliance and represents clients globally in compliance and anti-corruption matters.
In addition to overseeing compliance, corporate governance and legal affairs across all its subsidiaries, Mrs Hamza Bassey has led Atlas Mara’s acquisition and integration of the nine banks it has acquired to date as well as several strategic initiatives.
Through her current service on the boards and board committees of public companies, Mrs Hamza Bassey has garnered in-depth knowledge of corporate governance best practices and trends.
Prior to the aforementioned, Mrs Hamza Bassey was a Senior Partner in the New York offices of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a premier Wall Street law firm where she was a member of the Executive Committee.
During her almost two decades at Hughes Hubbard, Mrs Hamza Bassey represented a roster of U.S. and international financial institutions and other corporations in a wide range of industries on issues along the full spectrum of compliance.
She holds an LL. B in Law from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, a BL in Law from the Nigerian Law School and an LL.M from Harvard Law School.