He had previously established and headed Citibank’s Structured and Corporate Finance business in Sub-Sahara-Africa, and was a partner at Capital Alliance, the leading private equity firm in West Africa.
During his career, Mr. Ekpe led several landmark initiatives and transactions, including leading Euromarket financings for leading South African banks and assisting African companies and governments in accessing financing on the Euromarkets.
As a two-time and longest-serving CEO of Ecobank, he was responsible for the transformation of the group from a West African bank to the first truly pan-African banking group. In between, he was responsible for turning around UBA in the early 2000s. He is acknowledged at being particularly effective at executing strategy.
Arnold holds a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.