Female bankers in the country appear to be beating their male counterparts in the competition for the topmost positions in financial institutions lately.
In October 2012, Patience Akyianu, who had been acting as MD of Barclays Bank Ghana since April 2013, was finally given the nod, as the substantive MD of the century-old but prestigious financial institution in the country.
Ms Akyianu, an experienced banker, started her banking and accounting career 20 years ago.
She commented: ?I am delighted to be leading Barclays Bank in Ghana as we strive to become the ?Go-To? bank for our chosen customer segments in this country. I have an amazing management team and very capable and committed colleagues and together, we will capture the market with our regional, global and local expertise acquired over 96 years of doing business in Ghana.
In December last year, Niila Selormey, an experienced female banker, who had mostly worked with Ecobank Transnational Incorporated but had brief stints at Zenith Bank and Fidelity Bank, was confirmed as the new MD for Merchant Ban, which has struggled to find its feet in recent times.
Before taking up the position at Merchant Bank, she was Head of Special Projects at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.
Niila did not allow the awful performance of Merchant Bank to discourage her.
Ms Selormey holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College, UK.
In December, Abiola Bawuah, then deputy MD of UBA Ghana, was named the substantive MD to put the icing on the cake.
As the new kid on the block, whose appointment took effect on January 1, 2014, she expressed readiness to meet the targets set by her employers.
She joined UBA Ghana on March 1, 2013 as the Deputy Managing Director. She holds a BSc in Actuarial Science, an EMBA (Finance) from University of Ghana, as well as numerous leadership qualifications from Harvard Business School.
However, an analyst indicated that the performance of the aforementioned ladies would determine whether or not other sectors of the economy should turn to women to help them out of their managerial predicament.
A business desk report