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Press Release


09 January 2024

Accra, January 9, 2024 - Ecobank Ghana is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Abena Osei-Poku as its Managing Director effective January 1, 2024. She will also serve as the Regional Executive for the Anglophone West Africa (AWA) Region of the Ecobank Group, covering Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia. She takes over from Ms. Joana Mensah, past Acting Managing Director, who took over on August 15, 2023, following the retirement of Mr Dan Sackey, the immediate former Managing Director and AWA Regional Executive.

Mrs. Abena Osei-Poku is an accomplished Pan-African business leader with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her expertise spans Corporate and Investment banking, Business banking and Risk Management at the regional level.

She started her career as a private banker with First Atlantic Merchant Bank. She later joined Standard Chartered Bank Ghana as an Assistant Relationship Manager and then became the Credit Manager for Multinational Corporates. She subsequently served as the Head of the Group Special Assets Risk Management (SARM) department in Ghana from 2001 – 2002, and thereafter took up oversight responsibility for the West Africa and Central Africa regions. In 2005, she became the Director for Global Corporates, Wholesale Bank. After spending 10 years at Standard Chartered Bank Ghana, she was appointed by Barclays Bank Ghana as the Executive Director for Commercial Banking, responsible for Corporate & Business Banking.

Mrs. Abena Osei-Poku became the Co-Regional Head of Coverage, Corporate & Investment Banking at Absa Bank Group (formerly Barclays Bank) in 2016 overseeing East and West Africa. She was later appointed as CEO and Managing Director of Absa Bank Ghana, a position she held until her recent appointment by Ecobank.

She has broad board level experience, having previously sat on boards in telecommunications, banking, commerce, and hospitality. She is currently the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana and the outgoing Chairperson for the Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange. In addition, she is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana and serves on other executive fora.

Mrs. Abena Osei-Poku holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics from the University of Ghana.

Mrs. Abena Osei-Poku is warmly welcomed to Ecobank, and we wish her every success in her new role.


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D. Kasser Tee

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About Ecobank Ghana

Ecobank Ghana is an affiliate of the Ecobank Group, the leading private pan-African banking group. At Ecobank Ghana, we offer a comprehensive suite of financial services and solutions to our Consumer, Commercial, Corporate and Investment Banking clients in 65 branches, 248 ATMs and 3,906 Xpress Point agencies. The Ecobank Group was established in 1985 to drive financial integration and socio-economic development in Africa. With a presence in 35 sub-Saharan African countries as well as in France, the UK, UAE and China, the Group has unrivalled expertise and experience across Africa. Our unique pan-African platform provides a single gateway for payments, cash management, trade, and investments across Africa and beyond.

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