Hassan Imam Biography

Hassan Imam

Following the dissolution of the board and management of three banks on Wednesday, 10th January 2024, the Central Bank Of Nigeria announced the appointment of Hassan Imam as the new Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Bank.

The appointment was disclosed through a circular by Sidi-ali Hakama, the acting director of corporate communication at the CBN.

Until his appointment with Keystone Bank, Mr Imam was the executive director of the north directorate at Fidelity Bank, a position he assumed in January 2020.

He previously held the position of General Manager and Regional Bank Head for Abuja and managed the Commercial, SME, Consumer, and Public Sector businesses for Fidelity Bank in the northern part of Nigeria, covering 19 states and Abuja.

Hassan Imam Biography

Hassan Imam is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Keystone Bank, a full-service commercial bank currently under the ownership of Sigma Golf River Bank Consortium, having been acquired from the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in 2017.

Hassan has 25 years comprehensive experience in various areas of banking. Over the years, he has used this experience to improve market share in key sectors while also growing enterprise and stakeholder values.

He is a Fellow Institute of Credit Administration, Associate Member Chartered Public Accountants, Alumni of Oxford University and Pan-Atlantic University and a Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN)

Imam succeeded Olaniran Olayinka, who served as the former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Keystone Bank, a position he assumed in March 2020.

The appointments signalled a shift in the leadership landscape of Keystone Bank under the regulatory actions taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria. 

With a wealth of 25 years of comprehensive experience in various facets of banking, Hassan has consistently leveraged his expertise to enhance market share across critical sectors.

His strategic initiatives have not only contributed to the growth of enterprises but also increased stakeholder values over the years. 

Background 

Before becoming Chief Executive Officer at Keystone Bank, Hassan Imam was the Executive Director of the North Directorate at Fidelity Bank, since January 2020.

His extensive career includes notable positions such as General Manager and Regional Bank Head for Abuja at Fidelity Bank. In this capacity, he oversaw the Commercial, SME, Consumer, and Public Sector businesses across 19 states in the North Region of Nigeria, including Abuja. 

Imam began his banking career at FSB International Bank in April 1998, and post-merger with Fidelity Bank in 2005, he progressively advanced within the organization.

His journey at Fidelity Bank saw him rise to the position of General Manager before being appointed to the Board of Fidelity Bank.

His leadership roles covered diverse areas of banking, including Commercial Banking, Consumer Banking, SME, Risk Management, and Trade Finance. 

Hassan Imam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and has pursued two Master’s Degrees, including an MBA. He attended Business School Netherlands and is a member of the Chartered Public Accountant.

Additionally, Imam has enriched his leadership skills through various executive management programs at renowned institutions such as Harvard Business School, IESE Business School, and Wharton Business School. 

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