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PATIENCE AKYIANU

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Patience joined Barclays Bank Ghana as Finance Director in November 2008 and was appointed unto the Board in March 2010. In October 2013 she was appointed Managing Director of Barclays Bank Of Ghana. Prior to joining Barclays, she was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa and was based in Johannesburg. She had previously worked in Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana in senior roles in both Finance and Corporate Banking departments. She has over 23 year’s in-depth experience in Banking and Finance having spent the recent 16 years in the banking industry.

Patience is a very experienced and well-rounded business leader with strong commercial acumen.

Over the last three years as Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana, Patience has built a high performing and more diverse leadership team; and under her strong business leadership, the performance of Barclays Bank Ghana has consistently exceeded targets resulting in the business regaining Top three revenue and profit position in the local industry, achieving higher return on equity (the highest among the Barclays Africa Subsidiaries). In addition, her passion for excellent customer service has translated into greater customer focus across the bank as well as greater focus on innovation. The marked progress seen on her watch has led to employee engagement being at its highest.

She holds an MBA (Finance) and a BSc in Business Administration (Accounting Option, First class honours), both from the University of Ghana Business School.  She is a certified professional accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.

Patience’s additional roles and responsibilities include Advisory Committee member, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (April 2017 to date); Member of Governing Council, National Banking College (March 2017 to date); Advisory board member, College of Education, University of Ghana, Legon (March 2015 to date); Executive Council Member, Executive Women Network, Ghana ( April 2015 to date); and Sponsor, Women’s Network Forum- Barclays Bank of Ghana ( November 2013 to date).

Patience has received various awards in recognition for her personal contribution to the industry and society; namely Nobles International Award (2013), Africa Female Economic Champion-Banking (Centre for Economic & Leadership Development (CELD)-2014), Induction into Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame (CELD- 2014) and Woman of Excellence in Finance (Ghana CFO Awards 2015). She was  named among the Top 50 Rising Stars in Africa (Euromoney Article, May 2014 edition). Patience was  also named  Second Most Reputable Banking and Finance CEO in Ghana – 2017, and is among the Top 50 most influential Corporate Women in Ghana.

Corporate awards  won under her leadership as Managing Director of Barclays Bank of Ghana include Best Bank in Ghana (Euromoney Award for Excellence-2014), Best Investment Bank in Ghana (Winner, EMEA Finance Awards 2014), Best Domestic Cash Management House ( Euromoney Awards-2014), Africa Best Employer Brand (Africa Best Employer Brand Awards-2014), Top 50 Best Global Employer Brands Institute (EBI, 2015), Best Corporate Bank in Ghana ( The Banker Africa, West Africa Awards 2015), Best Organisation in Peformance Management (Ghana HR Awards, March 2017) , Best Organisation in Rewards( Ghana HR Awards, march 2017), among others.

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