Nigerian becomes new Chief Legal Officer of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

20 Sep 2020

Kikelomo Lawal

The Toronto-based banking and financial services giant Canadian, The Imperial Bank of Commerce has appointed Kikelomo Lawal as its new chief legal officer according to Bloomberg.

Kike as she is fondly called, spent nearly the past 13 years at Canadian interbank network Interac Corp., where she held a variety of in-house roles, including serving since 2015 as its legal chief, corporate secretary, and ombudsman.

Kike is a proven leader and she will play a key role as we continue to build a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world,” said CIBC president and CEO Victor Dodig in a Sept. 1 statement.

Dodig has recently led a push by Canada’s fifth-largest lender to fill at least 3.5% of its senior executive and board positions in Canada with Black leaders by 2025.

CIBC’s statement announcing Lawal’s hire noted that she speaks “regularly on the importance of inclusion and across multiple dimensions, including gender, race/ethnicity, and life experience.”

Source: Nigeria Banker