The award recognises the contribution of individuals in management positions, and best practices in African banking. It was sponsored by London-based IC publications, under the patronage of the African Development Bank.
Mr. Essien was one of five contenders for the African Banker of the Year award.
Other chief executives who competed with the pan-African bank’s CEO were Segun Agbaje of Nigeria’s GT Bank, Paulo Alexandre Duarte de Sousa of Banco Comercial e de Investimentos of Mozambique, Charles Kimei of Tanzania’s Cooperative Rural Development Bank Bank plc and Tariq Sijilmassi of Morocco’s Groupe Credit Agricole.
Accepting the award, Mr. Essien said, “I am deeply honoured to receive this award. It comes as a surprise to me because although I have worked for Ecobank for the last 25 years, I have only been Group CEO for just over a year.
“I, therefore, accept this award on behalf of the staff of Ecobank, for they are the ones to whom I attribute the real success of our institution in its service to the people of our continent. I also want to thank our host, IC publications, the organisers of these awards, and the esteemed panel of judges for this distinction.”
The award is the second received within the group this month. Ecobank was named African Retail Bank of the Year at the Global Retail Banking Awards ceremony in London.
By Times Reporter