John Okechukwu Obi is a graduate of Accounting and holds MBA from Lagos State University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria [ICAN] and Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria [CIBN].
He had previously worked with Union Bank of Nigeria Plc amongst other banks before joining Fidelity Bank Plc in September 2000. He was the pioneer Managing Director of Fidelity Pension Managers Ltd [a former subsidiary of Fidelity Bank Plc]. Under his leadership, Assets Under Management at Fidelity Pension Managers grew from zero to US$53million while generating over 57,000 customers before departing to assume a higher responsibility.
John Obi was appointed to the Board of Fidelity Bank in April 2012 as the Executive Director in charge of Corporate Bank. He retired from the Board on June 30, 2015 upon attaining the mandatory retirement age of 55 years.As Head, Corporate Bank Directorate he supervised the appraisal and funding of various power projects [Independent Power Projects] especially for Lagos State government of Nigeria. He led the team in the evaluation and financing of some rice milling plants across Nigeria, financing the acquisition Power assets [for DISCOs & GENCOs], supporting the private sector in the acquisition Oil & Gas assets during the last Shell divestment program amongst other investments. Under his watch, Fidelity Bank successfully financed the first aluminum can manufacturing company in West Africa with a capacity to produce 1.2billion cans per annum. At various times, he worked with and supervised over 100 well trained and highly motivated subordinates.
He attended Management and Leadership programmes at North Western University, Stanford University and GE Leadership Center, both in USA.
His personal attributes include:
- Great Leadership Skills [Leadership by example]
- Strong Team Building Skills enhanced with Confidence, Maturity and Experience
- Excellent Presentation and Interpersonal Skills
- A Self-Starter and a Strategist
- Highly Skilled and Totally Committed in Conflict Resolution
- Quietly Disposed and Fully Committed to Organizational Goals/Objectives
- Result Oriented and Focused on Customer Satisfaction
Presently, he runs a private business by name: THEOPHILE-GLOBAL RESOURCES LTD. It is a general services company and is located in Victoria Island, Lagos.
He also served as a member of Finance & General Purpose Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria [ICAN] during the 2017/2018 Presidential year.
John Obi was born on June 29, 1960 at Onitsha in Anambra State. He hails from Ogboli-Olosi quarters and is the last of the children of late Akunwata S N Obi and late Theresa Chienam Obi.
He is married to Nkeiruka Augusta Obi and they are blessed with four  children- two boys/girls; and a grandson!