UBA Ghana Gets New CEO


UBA-CEO PixThe United Bank for Africa (UBA) Group, has appointed  Mrs. Abiola Bawuah,  as its new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer for the Group’s operations in Ghana.

A statement issued by the bank at the weekend said Mrs. Bawuah’s appointment takes effect from January 1, 2014.

She replaces former MD/CEO, Oliver Alawuba, who following a successful stint in Ghana, has been elevated to the position of CEO West Africa, with the mandate of overseeing UBA’s business in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea (Conakry), Liberia, Benin and Sierra Leone.

“As she commences her tenure as the MD/CEO Mrs. Bawuah has three main goals for the bank taking UBA Ghana to new heights; exceeding customer’s expectations, with improved service delivery; and greater focus on UBA’s core values, that is, humility, empathy, integrity and resilience,” the statement said.

Mrs. Bawuah joined UBA Ghana on March 1, 2013 as the Deputy Managing Director and has already contributed immensely to the performance of the bank.

Being UBA Ghana’s first Ghanaian, as well as, first female MD/CEO, Mrs Bawuah brings a wealth of local flair, finesse and know, how, coupled with her enormous banking experience. Before her appointment with UBA, Mrs. Bawuah was an Executive Director at Zenith Bank.

She previously held the positions of General Manager Marketing and Group Head Retail Banking.  Before joining Zenith Bank she worked at Standard Chartered Bank as a Business Financial Manager; Cal Bank as a Senior Financial Analyst and at Strategic African Securities as an authorised dealing officer/ Broker.

Mrs. Bawuah holds a BSc in Actuarial Science, an LLB, an EMBA (Finance) from University of Ghana, as well as numerous leadership qualifications from Harvard Business School, Columbia, INSEAD and Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland.

“UBA Ghana has gained a consummate banker and a key asset.

We believe that with the experience she has garnered through her illustrious banking career, she would take UBA Ghana to higher levels,” the statement added.

Commenting, Mrs. Bawuah said: “UBA Ghana in 2014 will be driven by a diligent focus on our core values and in so doing the achievement of the first and second goals will be effortless, as we all humble ourselves to serve with excellence, empathise with our customers, and work to make the bank the premier banking institution in Ghana whilst doing so with integrity and every effort we can muster.”

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