PROFILE OF MR. MARCEL OKEKE, RUNNING MATE OF CHIEF OSITA CHIDOKA IN THE NOVEMBER, 2017 ANAMBRA ELECTION
Mr. Marcel Okeke serves as Chief Economist, Group Head of Research & Economic Intelligence Group and Assistant General Manager at Zenith Bank Plc and served as its Director since March 3, 2017 until March 16, 2017.
Before joining Zenith Bank Plc at the take-off of the R & EIG in 2004, Mr. Okeke has a multi-sectoral exposure covering the oil and gas industry, media and marketing communications consultancy.
In the media, Mr. Okeke worked with the best known titles in Nigeria, including The Guardian, The Punch, Concord and Champion Newspapers. He served at a point, as the Editor of the highly influential ‘Business Concord’ Newspaper and Business Editor of The Punch.
Mr. Okeke served as the Divisional Head of Information Management and Media at The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Eastern Division, Port-Harcourt. He served as Team Leader at the African Basic Economy (Consultancy), Lagos.
Prior to his being engaged by the bank, Mr. Okeke served as a full time Member of the Editorial Board and In-House Economist of The Guardian Newspapers, Lagos, where he led editorial discourses and analyses on topical local and global economic issues as leader-writer.
He equally maintained a very successful weekly column on the economy (every Tuesday). He carried this track record to the bank, where he has been Editor of the Bank’s upscale journal, Zenith Economic Quarterly (since 2005) amidst other on-line publications.
For his pivotal role in the R & EIG, he was bestowed with the GMD/Chief Executive Officer Award of the bank in 2006 as the ‘Best Individual Staff in the Group. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management; Senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria; Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
Mr. Okeke holds a B. Sc (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); a Master of Business Administration MBA with Finance as well as a specialist certificate in Financial Analysis from the Centre for Foreign Journalists, Reston, Virginia, USA