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FNB gets first Zambian CEO


First National Bank Zambia Limited has announced the appointment of Bydon Longwe as a new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Longwe takes over from Leonard Haynes who has served in the position for the last four years.

FNB Chairman Renatus Mushinge announced the appointment of Bydon Longwe as CEO designate for FNB Zambia and that will take over the reins as CEO effective 13 July 2020.

Commenting on Longwe’s appointment Renatus Mushinge said the Bank is thrilled to announce Bydon Longwe as incoming CEO of FNB Zambia with great confidence in the depth of talent and management experience in the banks’ business, which allowed the board to replace Leonard from within the Executive team.

Mr. Longwe’s appointment marks another milestone in the 11-year history of the bank to have a Zambian citizen as an incoming CEO.

“We are confident that his leadership capabilities, coupled with his astute and prudent financial management expertise, will enable the Bank to build on the successes recorded to date,” Mr. Mushinge said.

Mr. Longwe has over twenty (20) years of financial services experience which spans across the South African Region (including Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique).

Prior to this appointment, he was the Chief Financial Officer of FNBZ, in charge of the Bank’s overall finance portfolio.

He is the holder of an MBA (Herriot Watt University) and a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (UK), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK) and the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (Zambia).

“I am privileged to be afforded this opportunity to lead the business toward even more success on the back of the robust legacy built by my predecessors. I have inherited a gifted team of executives and staff at FNB Zambia, whose expertise and commitment to delivering innovative products and excellent service I am confident of. I also welcome the opportunity to make even greater contributions toward the growth of the Financial Services sector in Zambia,” Mr. Longwe commented.

“It gives me great pleasure to express my earnest congratulations to Bydon on his appointment as CEO. He is a respected leader within the business, and I look forward to Bydon leveraging his wealth of experience as Chief Financial Officer, which I believe will be instrumental to his leadership artillery, as we navigate this challenging economic period. In the same token, I would like to thank Leonard for his service as CEO and his tangible contribution to FNB Zambia. Bydon, I wish you good luck in cementing our position as a relevant, profitable bank in Zambia,” added Johan Maree, CEO FNB Rest of Africa.


  1. Longwe will start building a lodge next week. I don’t understand why lodges are so popular in Zambia.
    Consider appointing Catholic Priests as Bank managers, they will not steal that much.

  2. Excellent son of the soil. Nothing more joyous than making it in your own country and soil. Can the above diasporans tell us what they have achieved or what they are doing in green pastures? Kikiki. We never hear them say anything about what they have achieved apart from criticising all day. Failures Haha

  3. About time. Congratulations Sir.

  4. Baba a Zulu mukolabila bwino ka.
    We send a lot of cash to Zambia, which in turn ends up in the Banks as our people there spend the hard earned money we remit to them.

  5. Finish!! That’s it, FNB workers are doomed. Once a an indigenous Zambian takes over the running of a major organisation (such as a Bank), they tend to be so selfish! They neglect the workers. They bring down conditions of service! The organisation steadily and quickly deteriorates. A good example is the case of BARCLAYS/ ABSA!

  6. @ Raymond, very true Barclays standards started going to the dogs immediately the ‘black man’ took over the running of the bank. Soon it became a shell of itself.

  7. @ Kaizer Zulu, the so-called ‘sons or daughters of the soil’ are so often extremely self-centered. So selfish once they are at the helm.

  8. I know of one CEO of a major Bank (in Zambia) who is so divisive and hated with a passion by workers at this bank. This man might end up behaving like this woman.

  9. Huge congratulations to Mr. Longwe. It’s impressive to see more and more Zambians taking on the these roles. His resume is definitely admirable!!

  10. If you hv a beautiful wife working at fnb be careful.this guy has an extra eye for beautiful ladies. And also that ladies generally like him.hes got charisma and and very extrovert.

  11. That’s the way to go Mr Longwe. You are representing us all in Zambia. Congratulations and keep it up. the sky is the limit.

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