Dr. Cecilia Ibru Born on March 22, 1946, received excellent secondary education at Saint Margaret’s Grammar School, Ilesha from 1960 to 1965. She proceeded to University Tutorial College , London from 1967 to 1968 where she obtained a Higher School Certificate.On the successful completion of her Secondary education Cecilia Ibru secured admission to read Sociology at the London University.
She graduated in 1971 with B.Sc (Honours) degree and thereafter proceeded to the North East London University for a Masters of Philosophy from 1975 to 1977. She also obtained a Certificate of Eligibility from the Council of Legal Education, London.
She commenced her career at the IBRU Organisation in 1978 where she held various positions.
In 1990, she joined Oceanic Bank as General Manager, Admin and Personnel later becoming Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
Cecilia Ibru became the bank’s Managing Director /CEO in 1997. She is chairperson, Sub-committee of the Bankers’ Committee on Small and Medium Investment Equity Scheme (SMIEIS) Member, Presidential Consultative Committee on SMIEIS, Member World Economic Forum.
She is a Fellow Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Fellow Nigeria Institute of Management.
Since assuming office as Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, the bank has witnessed tremendous growth in all financial indices. Many distinguished Awards and Honours have been bestowed on Dr. Cecilia on account of her high flying performance. They include: African Banker of the Year, by IC Publications, Publishers of African Business, New Africa, Africa Banker Magazines; Award for Banking Support and Development in Nigeria , Business Africa 2005, Doctor of Management Technology 2005, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
Female Achiever of the year, 2004, City People; Best woman in Corporate Leadership Award, Great Women Empowerment in Nigeria Organization, 2005; National Honour, MFR, Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004; Inducted to the Nigerian Women Hall Fame as the 1st Female MD/CEO of a Bank, National Council for Women Development, March 2004; MD/CEO of the Best Bank for Real Sector Financing and Ethics in 2003, CBN 2003, Award of Excellence in Financial Management, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, 2004; Member, Board of Trustees of Women Economic Group (UNIFEM) United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) 2004; Honourary Ambassador, UNIFEM/Women Entrepreneurs Forum 2004; D.Sc Honoris Causa, Delta State University, Abraka, 2003; Inspirational Women of the Year Award, 2002; Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary International, June 2002.
Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Oceanic Bank International, one of the fastest and most profitable banks in Nigeria.
In recognition of her numerous contributions to the development of Banking in Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria honoured her with the award of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR).