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First Bank of Nigeria Chooses eCornell for Leadership Development

Date: October 30 2012

ITHACA, NEW YORK, October 30, 2012 -- First Bank of Nigeria Plc, the country’s largest Financial Services institution, has chosen eCornell to deliver online leadership learning to 140 Senior Leaders and Heads of Banking across Africa. This online initiative will be administered through the Leadership School, one of the four multi-level schools at the Bank’s corporate university, FirstAcademy.
The flagship for the structured Leadership Development Program is the eCornell course Unlocking Your Leadership Potential, authored by faculty at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, which provides FirstBank Leaders with a range of self-assessment tools (including an online 360-degree evaluation) for identifying managerial strengths and weaknesses in order to create personalized development plans and build critical leadership competencies.
“We are truly excited about the partnership with eCornell,” said Ayodele Jaiyesimi, Head, Human Capital Management and Development at FirstBank. “With the increasing complexities and fast-paced transformation that has characterized the sub-Saharan banking space, we see this as the right pedestal to build critical leadership competencies and position the FirstBank Leader to champion ongoing transformational efforts, not only within the Bank, but in the Industry as a whole.”
“It is a pleasure to welcome First Bank of Nigeria aboard,” said Tom Abogabal, Vice President of Global Sales at eCornell. “eCornell’s global reach and the scalability of our programs enable us to serve organizations of all sizes and geographies. Following the 360-degree evaluation, we’ll be able to recommend learning programs tailored to the specific training needs of each individual FirstBank Leader.”
The Unlocking Your Leadership Potential programme will be run through multiple streams over a six-month period.

eCornell’s unique approach to e-learning combines the most effective elements of a world-class, Ivy League classroom with the flexibility of an online learning environment. eCornell courses—self-paced and 100 percent online—are “instructor-facilitated” to help guide a cohort of 20 to 30 participants through challenging, real-world exercises with practical on-the-job application. Classes enable learners to be immersed in learning that also fosters collaboration, interaction and networking.
About eCornell

eCornell, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornell University, provides many of the world’s leading organizations with online professional and executive development in the areas of leadership and management, human resources, financial management, healthcare, marketing and hospitality management. eCornell’s proven course development model and asynchronous instructor-led course delivery provide for engaging, rigorous and interactive learning. The company has delivered online courses to more than 50,000 students in more than 200 countries. For more information visit (enterprise buyers) or (small groups and individual students).
About First Bank of Nigeria Plc.
First Bank of Nigeria Plc is the country’s largest and most successful financial services institution. In its 118-year history, the Bank has retained an unparalleled reputation for excellence in corporate governance and has emerged as the number one bank brand in Nigeria. FirstBank also ranks among Africa’s largest and most prosperous financial services organisations. For more information, visit