Mr. Bernard O. Longe is a Banker by profession. He is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers London, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria. Mr. Longe started his 33 year career in 1969 at First Bank Plc., where he rose to the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer in July 2000.
Amongst his achievements at First Bank Plc., was architecting the introduction and implementation of the first International Money Transfer System in Nigeria (Western Union Money Transfer) in 1995 and, he was the pioneer Project Co-ordinator of the bank’s Enterprise Transformation Project, “Century II”.
In 2000, as the Managing Director & Chief Executive, he took the transformation of the bank to the next level by initiating “Century II The New Frontier” to optimize and consolidate the gains of the “Century II” initiative and chart a bold new direction to dominate the Nigerian banking industry.
In June 2002, he was separated from his job, without any process, as a fallout of the failed privatization of Nigerian Telecommunications Plc. in 2001, which was funded by the bank. The circumstances of his purported removal as Managing Director, led him to seek legal redress and, ultimately, in March 2010, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement invalidated the purported revocation of his appointment and reinstated him to his position as the lawful Managing Director of the bank. He retired from his positions as Managing Director and, Director of the bank, with effect from 23rd April 2010 with full benefits, as part of the settlement that followed the judgement.
Mr. Longe was the Chief Operating Officer of Dangote Group of Companies from March to June 2006, and was subsequently appointed as Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc., a position he held up to April 2007 during which he took the company public.
He is presently the Managing Director of TY Holdings Limited, Lagos and holds various board appointments. He has attended various technical and management courses and seminars including courses at Harvard Business School and IMD Lausanne/Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore.
In recognition of his achievements in his profession, Mr. Longe was conferred with the award of “Order Of The Niger” (OON) in November 2001 by the Federal Government of Nigeria.