Cornelia George Utuk
LLB; BL; MBA
As the Group Head and Company Secretariat of the Legal and Administration Group at Coronation Merchant Bank, Mrs. Utuk’s responsibilities include providing advice and support on matters related to statutory regulations, employee relations, litigation, with the aim of mitigating Coronation Merchant Bank’s legal exposure; leading the development and implementation of the Bank’s legal strategy, as aligned with business goals; coordinating the identification of risks and their implications and advising accordingly; and reviewing the regulations of the organisation.
She began her two-decade-long career in the Credit Office of the now-defunct Standard Trust Bank in June 1999 and remained there until 2005, when it merged with the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Plc. Whilst at UBA, she developed knowledge and experience in Credit Analysis, Credit Control, Credit Monitoring and Credit Administration. In 2007, she left UBA to join Marina Securities Limited (MSL), as the Company Secretary/Head of Corporate Services. During her time at MSL, she also served as the Company Secretary of its subsidiaries, Marina Securities Stockbroking Services Ltd. and United Securities Ltd. She joined Associated Discount House Limited (ADHL) in September 2014 as the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser and Group Head for Corporate Services.
Mrs. Utuk was enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1998. She is a member of the Business Law section of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, and an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in the UK