Member, Advisory Board
Suzanne Iroche has several years experience in the banking industry. She commenced her banking career with First Bank in 1981 after which she moved to International Merchant Bank,in 1982 where she worked in various areas. In 1986, she proceeded to The J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois, USA to pursue a Masters degree in Management where she did a summer internship in The Philippines for the Department of Economic Development, City of Chicago on a research project to assist 5 medium sized Chicago companies on business venture development programme.
In 1988 she joined Chartered Bank Ltd as a Manager to set up the Treasury Division from inception, planning and recruitment to structuring and implementation. Suzanne was promoted to Assistant General Manager to head the Corporate Banking Department where she handled a diversified portfolio of companies.
In 1995, Suzanne joined UBA where she managed the Foreign Exchange trading function and offshore investment portfolio for the bank. In 1998, Suzanne moved to the Corporate Banking Sector as Head of Division and was subsequently assigned the responsibility of growing the International business of the bank and marketing International organizations to build the Multilateral/NGO business of the bank.
In 2003, Suzanne was transferred to Head the Treasury and Financial Institutions (FI) Sector with responsibility for managing FX and domestic money market. She was a member of the Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO) and presented the ALCO report. Suzanne was promoted to General Manager in 2005 and acted for Executive Director Investment Bank reporting to the CEO. She was a member of Executive Committee (EXCO).
Suzanne became Executive Director (ED) on the board of UBA in 2005. Her initial position was as ED Wealth Management. She also sat on the board of many UBA subsidiary companies. She successfully led the UBA Pensions Custodian management team to set up the company from conceptual stage to take-off. Suzanne also assisted to strategically reposition the Asset Management and Trustee business for full benefit to the bank. Under her leadership, UBA Asset Management floated 4 Mutual Funds simultaneously in the market. This was the first time multiple funds had been introduced simultaneously in the Nigerian Financial markets.
In June 2006, Suzanne took on the responsibility as ED Global Bank with responsibility for supervision and expansion of the UBA’s banking franchise outside Nigeria. She was a member of Board of Directors of UBA Board, Finance & General Purposes Committee, EXCO and ALCO & Chairman of Leadership Committee.
Suzanne attended secondary school at Queens College Yaba, Lagos and received her B Sc. Economics (Honours) from the University of Lagos and her Masters from the J. L Kellog Graduate School of Management. She has attended several courses as follows: Leadership Programme, Accenture Illinois USA, April 2007, Operations & IT seminar, Mckinsey & Co, Barcelona Spain, May 2005, Oil & Gas Seminar, Euromoney Lagos 2000, Advanced Management Programme (AMP) Insead, France February 2000, Achieving Outstanding Performance Insead France, April 1999, American Express NY, Correspondent Banking Course August 1989, Citibank Bourse Game, Lagos, First National Bank of Chicago Credit Training Programme, Chicago Four-month credit-training programme 1985, Selling Skills Course, Sales Development Association LTD Illinois USA 1984, International Merchant Bank Credit Training Programme 1983.
Suzanne has held the position of Treasurer Victoria Fellowship Church and is married and has 3 children.