Access Bank appoints first female Executive Director

Access Bank Ghana Plc has appointed its first female Executive Director to lead the bank’s Retail and Digital Operations.

Pearl Nkrumah, the new person appointed to join the nine-member Access Bank Ghana Board, assumed duty early February 2022.

Pearl brings a wealth of banking experience to the board, with over 23 years’ practice in various capacities in multinational banks, with footprints across different continents.

This will help the bank in achieving retail dominance as part of its strategy to becoming the world’s most respected African Bank.

Speaking on the new appointment, Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana, OlumideOlatunji, expressed optimism about the bank’s prospects.

 “Pearl’s appointment is good for our bank.  Her rich experience will spur our bank on to achieving retail dominance, a key area of focus to realising our vision of becoming the world’s most respected African Bank,” he noted.

He said Pearl’s appointment was an affirmation of Access Bank’s commitment to gender equity and its interest in women initiatives.

Prior to joining Access Bank, MrOlatunji said Pearl was the Head of Main Market and Ecosystems at Stanbic Bank, Ghana.

Under her leadership, he said the bank recorded outstanding growth and contributed to building the blueprint and structure for inclusive and Mass Market business. 

“Pearl is credited with setting up the Youth Banking Desk for Stanbic Bank Ghana, an innovation aimed at increasing youth financial inclusion,” MrOlatunji said.

“Managing diverse portfolios in Retail Banking, Digital   Financial Services, Small and Medium-scale Enterprise and Commercial Business Management, Credit Product Design, Ecosystem Relationship management, Business Function strategies, as well as engagement solutions and delivery models for Retail and businesses has significantly contributed to her expertise,” he said.

He said Ms Pearl was passionate about “Beyond-the-Bank” initiatives that amplified brand and corporate social responsibility with keen interest in the fields of gender equity, empowerment, education, and promotion of entrepreneurship. These are ideals championed by Access Bank Ghana.”

Access Bank said Pearl augmented her client-centric approach to solution delivery with a digital-first mindset and a knack for identifying opportunities from data to create relevant partnerships that deliver value beyond banking to customers and partners.

Pearl holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Business Administration (Marketing) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ghana.

 She also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). 

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