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Mr. Francis Olugbenga Shobo

Mr. Francis Olugbenga Shobo, FCA, the Chairman of PayAtitude Global is also the Deputy Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria Limited.

 At present, Gbenga is the Executive Director overseeing the Retail and Public Sector business of First Bank in Lagos and West Directorate. Preceding this, he was in charge of the Retail Banking South Directorate, first as Executive Vice President and then as Executive Director. He was appointed to the Board of FirstBank in 2012.

Gbenga joined FirstBank in 2006 and has worked in various divisions of the Bank. He was the General Manager in charge of the Products & Channels Group; Business Development Manager in charge of the Bank’s Retail/Commercial Banking activities in its Rivers and Bayelsa States Region; and also held the position of Group Head, National Corporates in the Corporate Banking Strategic Business Unit.

Before joining the FirstBank family, he worked as a General Manager in charge of Corporate/Commercial Banking of FBN (Merchant Bankers) Limited and as the Divisional Head, Corporate Banking Division of MBC International Bank Limited.

Gbenga has garnered over 29 years’ work experience from reputable organizations out of which he has spent more than 25 years in the Banking Industry. He started his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants as an External Auditor and Tax Consultant and further honed his skills in the Banking Industry, reputably in Credit & Relationship Management; Business Development; Service Excellence; Products Development & Improvement; Product Sales; Segment Penetration; Operational Management, Development and Implementation of Marketing Strategies; amongst others.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and is an Alumni of Kellogg School of Management and  Harvard Business School. Gbenga also has a B.Sc. Degree in Political Science from the University of Ife. In addition, he has attended various courses and programmes in top-rated business schools including The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Stanford University. 

He is the first person to be appointed to the position of a Deputy Managing Director of FirstBank in the Bank’s history, a testament to his commitment and professionalism. He is happily married with children and loves reading, playing golf and tennis.