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Ecobank appoints top executives to drive GTR strategy

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Ecobank  Group, a pan-African financial services organisation, has appointed key executives to strengthen its leadership  and effectively drive its Growth, Transformation and Returns (GTR) strategy.

The Group Communications Manager of Ecobank  Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Ms Christiane Bossom made this known  in a notification sent to the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) on Thursday in Lagos.

According to Bossom,  Mrs Abena Osei-Poku has joined Ecobank Group as the Regional Executive, Anglophone West Africa and Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, while Mr Martin Miruka has been appointed  the bank’s Group Executive for Transformation, Enablement and Customer Experience.

Bossom said that Anup Suri had become Ecobank’s Group Executive, Commercial and Consumer Banking, while Mr Michael Larbie had become the Group Executive, Corporate and Investment Banking.

She added that Thierry Mbimi emerged the Group Executive, Internal Audit and Management Services.

Bossom said that the top-level appointments were strategic as Ecobank Group entered its next phase of growth and transformation.

She stated that the financial services organisation aimed to become the bank of choice and a leader in delivering responsive, innovative and affordable financial services and solutions for Africa.

“Ecobank Group has decided to combine the commercial and the consumer businesses, under the leadership of Anup Suri, underscoring its commitment to strengthening these two business units to drive growth.

“In addition, establishment of the new role of transformation, enablement and customer experience underscores the group’s determination to prioritise the necessary leadership for successful execution of its transformation,” Bossom stated.

She quoted Mr Jeremy Awori, Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Group, as saying that the appointments were crucial to the execution of the bank’s recently-announced five-year GTR strategy.

”I am delighted that Abena Osei-Poku, Martin Miruka, Anup Suri, Michael Larbi, and Thierry Mbimi are joining our leadership team, each bringing proven, valuable, global and African financial services experience.

“I have no doubt that they will play pivotal roles in driving Ecobank’s future growth and success,” Bossom quoted Awori as saying.

Ecobank Group a leading private pan-African banking group with presence in 35 sub-Saharan African countries, as well as France, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China.

It has more than 15,000 people in its employment and offers consumer, commercial, corporate and investment banking products, services and solutions across multiple channels.

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Juventus releases statement after order to pay Cristiano Ronaldo’s unpaid wages

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Italian giants Juventus have released a statement after being ordered to pay their former player, Cristiano Ronaldo his unpaid wages.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, ordered the Serie A giants to pay Cristiano Ronaldo his unpaid wages.

The court gave the verdict following a dispute arising from pay reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ronaldo, who now laces his boots for Saudi Super League side, Al-Nassr, told the court he was owed €19.5 million ($20.81 million) by the Turin giants in unpaid wages.

The Court ruling will see Juventus pay Ronaldo around half that amount, with a €9.8 million settlement reached.

The Italian giants quickly moved to make a statement after the ruling, stating, “The arbitration tribunal ruled Juve had to pay half of the sum requested by the 39-year-old Portugal striker.

“They partially granted the request made by [Ronaldo]… ascertaining Juventus’ pre-contractual liability resulting from the failure of negotiations and ordered the defendant to pay an amount of approximately Euro 9.8 million.”

Juventus have also hinted at their desire to contest the ruling in their statement, saying:
“The Company, also with the support of its legal counsel, is reviewing the decision made by the arbitration board, reserving all assessments and initiatives to preserve its rights.”

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Real Madrid knock Man City out of Champions League on penalty shootout

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Real Madrid have progressed to the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League after knocking out Man City 4-3 on penalty shootouts on Wednesday.

The Premier League and La Liga giants played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Bernabeu last week and continued to inflict blows on each other at the Etihad.

Rodrygo put Real Madrid ahead on 12 minutes and for a long time it appeared as though his goal would be enough, but Kevin de Bruyne scored with 15 minutes remaining to send the tie to extra-time.

Neither side found a winner in the extra 30 minutes and Real emerged triumphant from a tense penalty shootout.

Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals after the German giants knocked out Arsenal.

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Aruna lose to Freitas, exit ITTF World Cup

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Quadri Aruna, Nigeria’s top table tennis player, has exited the International Table Tennis (ITTF) World Cup after losing by 1-3 (12-10, 11-9, 11-9, 3-11) to Portuguese Marcos Freitas in the group stage.

The Men’s singles game on Wednesday at the Galaxy Arena, Macao, China, saw the Portuguese claim the first three sets but a comeback from the Nigerian in the last set was not enough to scale over the line.
Aruna had started his campaign at the World Cup on a good note with a 4-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6) convincing win over Puerto Rico’s Daniel Gonzalez to set the final group 15 tie against Freitas.

Aruna occupied the top spot in the group as Freitas had earlier beaten Gonzalez 4-0 (17-15, 11-7, 11-7, 11-1), but the Nigerian had more points than the Portuguese and was rated number one in the group.

The tie between Aruna and Freitas decides the winner of the group and who will then advance to the knockout of the competition.

With Aruna falling short, Freitas will face Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan in the Round of 16 on Thursday.

The tournament which began on Monday will end on April 21.

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