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A weekly look at some of the most recent and influential people moves across the global banking industry. Simon Duffy reports.

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Jeremy Awori — Ecobank Group

Jeremy Awori has officially assumed his position as Ecobank Group’s new CEO. 

His banking career spans more than 25 years, including a ten-year stint as CEO of Absa Bank Kenya. Before this, he held numerous leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank across the Middle East and Africa, culminating in his appointment as CEO of its Tanzanian subsidiary. 

EcoBank, a pan-African banking group, which operates across 35 sub-Saharan African countries, appointed Mr Awori in September 2022 to succeed outgoing CEO Ade Ayeyemi, who has retired after seven years in the role. 

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Awori states that despite current global challenges, Ecobank’s extensive geographic footprint and the continent’s opportunities stands the bank in good stead to move forward with its growth strategy, while promoting positive systemic change across the region’s banking sector. 

“Through our single gateway platform, we are well-positioned to provide the necessary financial products and solutions for countries, corporates, and small and medium-sized enterprises to capitalise on the continent’s vast resource, trade and investment opportunities,” he says. “We also provide relevant, accessible and affordable financial services that address the evolving needs of a vibrant, youthful and entrepreneurial continent. Ecobank’s brand and heritage continue to be a source of pride.”

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Jullie Kan — Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse has appointed Jullie Kan as vice chairman and strategic client lead for Asia-Pacific. Ms Kan will lead on providing the bank’s senior client coverage of ultra-high-net worth and key clients across the region.

The appointment expands her geographical remit; she was most recently vice chairman for southeast Asia — a role she has held since 2013. An industry veteran of more than 40 years, her career began in 1975 as a clerk at Deutsche Bank in Kula Lumpur. After a string of promotions, she joined its private banking operations in Asia as a steering committee member, before moving to Credit Suisse as head of its Malaysia market in 1993. 


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Themba Rikhotso — Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa

Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa has named Themba Rikhotso as its new CEO. He joins from Standard Bank, where he most recently served as head of sales for its transaction banking business.

Mr Rikhoto brings more than 20 years’ experience gained in both retail and corporate banking, coupled with expertise in funding agricultural projects. His appointment comes after a turbulent period for Land Bank, which has faced numerous challenges including financial difficulties and corruption allegations, resulting in its credit rating being downgraded to junk status in 2019. Mr Rikhotso’s appointment is expected to improve the troubled institution’s fortunes and help restore its reputation as a key player in South Africa’s agricultural sector. 

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Ken Sansom — Citi

Citi has appointed Ken Sansom as head of securities services technology for its institutional clients group technology division. He joins Citi from Amazon Web Services, where he spent nearly a decade helping companies optimise their cloud computing strategy with advanced technologies including machine learning, data and analytics, blockchain and quantum computing.

Mr Sansom’s appointment is part of a strategic move by the bank to deliver its ‘digital first’ programme, which aims to future proof the business and drive Citi toward a scalable and secure, service-based model. 




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