Mr. Mike Chukwu was until June 2007, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Spring Bank Plc. He piloted the successful merger of 6 banks to form Spring Bank in December 2005. Prior to that date, he was for 4 years, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Express Bank Plc, one of the constituent banks in Spring Bank. He joined Guardian Express Bank in December 2001 from ACB International Bank where he was General Manager responsible for operations and information technology. Before then, he had served as Deputy Vice President (Investment Banking) at First Atlantic Bank (Fin Bank) where his area of coverage included Treasury (both local and foreign currency), Corporate Finance, Private Banking and Internet Banking. Mike Chukwu started his Banking career in Fidelity Bank where he was Assistant Financial Controller. He has also served as a pioneer financial controller, Citizens International Bank (1990), Assistant Vice President, First City Monument Bank (1996), and AGM, United Bank for Africa (1998). Before commencing his banking career, Mike had trained as a qualified Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse for 4 years. He was also a 1st Prize award winner in the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN) in November 1986 and he became a fellow of the institute in 1998. He holds a First Degree (2nd Class Upper) in Political Science and lectures regularly in the programs of the Financial Institutions Training Center and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He also holds professional membership with the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Institute of Management and has attended several courses at Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School.