Barclays Bank Ghana has announced a search is underway for a successor for its Managing Director, Mrs Patience Akyianu, who has decided to pursue other interests outside the banking sector.
A statement issued by the bank Friday said Mrs Akyianu will continue to serve as the Managing Director for Barclays Ghana until 30th September, 2018.
“As Managing Director, Mrs Akyianu has built a high performing and diverse leadership team which has led to Barclays Bank Ghana being the most profitable bank. Her passion for excellent customer service has translated into greater customer and innovation focus across the bank. In addition, the marked progress seen on her watch has led to employee engagement being at its highest in recent years,” said the statement.
The statement quotes Mrs Patience Akyianu herself as saying “It’s been an amazing journey, spending more than half of my years in banking with this highly talented and motivated team. It is a team that is more than capable of delivering the bold new strategy that will build the bank that Africa will indeed be proud of”.
The statement said the Barclays Africa Group leadership and the Board of Barclays Bank Ghana also expressed their appreciation to Mrs Akyianu for her leadership and immense contribution to the remarkable performance of the bank during her 10-year tenure with the bank.
“Her contribution to our business has been outstanding and although she will not be here to oversee our new strategy, she has been an instrumental part of its development. We have a clear transition plan in place and a strong management team supported by the Board and great employees capable of delivering the exciting Pan African Bank that Ghana and the entire continent will all be proud of,” said Mr Charles Cofie, Board Chairman of Barclays Bank Ghana.
He added: “We have a bold new Africa Strategy which prioritises growth, innovation, digital leadership, being a force for good in society while strongly focusing on our customers. We remain committed to delivering this strategy to help bring the possibilities of our customers, clients, stakeholders and communities to life.”
Mrs Akyianu joined Barclays Bank Ghana in 2008 as Finance Director and was appointed Managing Director in 2013.