Julian Kingsley Opuni, the Deputy Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, has been elevated to the position of Managing Director following the retirement of Jim Baiden who served in the role for a year.
Taking effect from December 1, Mr. Opuni’s appointment comes at a time that the bank has strengthened its position as the fourth-largest player with the increment of its stated minimum capital to GH₵400million following the central bank’s directive.
An experienced banker who started his banking career over 20 years ago, Julian brings to the role his rich industry experience having served as the Head of Commercial Banking and Divisional Director of Retail Banking of Fidelity.
He is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services (Aifs) and holds a Bsc. in Banking & Financial Services from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology. Julian is also an accredited specialist in Manufacturing, Legal and Property Lending.
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of Fidelity Bank Group, Edward Effah said: “We are excited that the appointment is taking place at a time when the banking industry is going through very positive restructuring, and Julian’s experience will help propel Fidelity Bank to the next level.
“We congratulate and welcome Julian to the top position of Fidelity Bank Ghana, and look forward to working with him in driving our strategy of becoming the ‘Go-to’ bank in the industry,” Mr. Effah added.
Speaking on his new role, Mr. Opuni said: “I am greatly humbled to be leading Fidelity Bank as we strive to be the best bank for our customers. I have a very capable and committed management team and employees, and we will work hard to deliver value to all our customers and clients”.
Prior to joining Fidelity Bank, Julian had a successful career with Lloyds Bank in the UK where he worked for over 18 years. He joined Lloyds on their expedited management training programme, holding many roles in operations and retail banking.
Additionally, he held several senior positions in both Business & Corporate Banking, finally serving as a Senior Manager with responsibility for various business centres in West London. Julian joined Fidelity in June 2012 as Head of Commercial Banking, and progressed to become Divisional Director of Retail Banking in April 2016.