The Board of Directors of Zenith Bank Plc has appointed Dr Juliet Ehimuan as a non-executive director.
The appointment, which was announced on Tuesday in a statement to the Nigerian Exchange Limited, and made available to the PUNCH, took effect on August 29 and had been confirmed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“Dr Juliet Ehimuan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Limits and the immediate past Director of Google West Africa. She was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 power women in Africa, by the London Business School as one of 30 people changing the world, and as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent. She was also featured in the BBC Africa Power Women series, and on CNN Innovate Africa,” the statement added.
According to the bank, the new non-executive director has over 25 years of experience primarily in technology, oil and gas, and new media industries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
“Juliet is a leading voice on innovation, transformation, and leadership.
“During her remarkable 12-year tenure at Google, Juliet played a pivotal role in expanding the company’s presence in Nigeria and the wider West African Region. She championed initiatives to increase digital access, local content development, skills acquisition, entrepreneurial growth, and innovation, and fostered strategic partnerships with leading private sector and government institutions,” it further stated.
It noted that Ehimuan had made significant contributions to the tech ecosystem in Nigeria and Africa at large.
“She served on committees that developed the national broadband plan and ICT incubation strategy in Nigeria, and has been involved in national strategic advisory groups focused on economic growth. These engagements demonstrate her commitment to shaping the future of tech in Africa. She has received numerous awards for outstanding contributions to the digital landscape in Africa,” it added.
Zenith Bank disclosed she currently holds board positions across multiple industries, including finance, Fast-moving consumer goods, oil & gas, education, and social enterprises.
“Her education includes a doctoral degree in Business from Walden University in Minneapolis, an Executive MBA from the London Business School, a postgraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge; and a BSc in Computer Engineering (1st class honours) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
“She is a recipient of the London Business School Global Women’s Scholarship, and at Cambridge University, (she) was awarded Selwyn College Scholar and Malaysian Commonwealth Scholar. She is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society,” the bank continued.
It added that she was awarded Information Personality of the Year in 2012 by the Nigeria Computer Society, Digital Personality of the Year 2016 by Marketing World; and received a 2015 Titans of Technology award from Technology Africa.
According to the bank, she is a published author, executive coach, and a member of the Forbes Coaches’ Council.