Dr. Alex Otti currently the GMD/CEO Diamond Bank Plc, was the Executive Director South of First Bank Plc. He graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a First class honours degree in Economics in 1988. He subsequently received an MBA from the University of Lagos in 1994. He started his banking career with Nigeria International Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Citibank N.Y. in 1989 where he worked in Operations department. He moved on to Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd (Intercontinental Bank Plc). At Intercontinental, he was at various times in the Treasury and Financial Services and Corporate Banking Divisions. In 1992, he joined the then Societe Bancaire Nigeria Ltd (Merchant Bankers), a subsidiary of Banque SBA Paris. He left as Senior Manager in 1996. Towards the end of 1996, he moved to United Bank for Africa Plc as Principal Manager, heading Corporate Banking Sector, South. His major responsibility was the development of the Oil and Gas businesses for the Bank. In the year 2000, he was promoted Assistant General Manager.
In May 2001, he joined First Bank of Nigeria Plc as an Assistant General Manager with responsibility for Energy Group. In April 2004, he was promoted Deputy General Manager. In September 2005, Dr. Otti was appointed Executive Director. As Executive Director, he started as Head of Commercial Banking and subsequently, Head of the Regional Businesses in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones comprising over 180 branches. He had served on the Board of several companies and presently sits on the Governing Council of two Nigerian universities – University of Port Harcourt and Babcock University.
In addition to receiving an honorary doctorate degree in Business Administration, he is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP 177). He also trained at Stanford Business School, California, Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania) and Columbia Business School, New York. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and Honorary Senior Member of Chartered Institute of Bankers. He loves playing squash, listening to music, reading and meeting people.