The Board and Management of Standard Chartered Bank are pleased to announce the appointment of Bola Adesola as Senior Vice-Chairman, Africa effective immediately following Statutory and Regulatory approvals. In this new capacity, Bola will be responsible for supporting the execution of the Bank’s strategic intent within the Africa region, including representing Standard Chartered Bank on various Boards in Africa. She will also lead as the Group’s Senior Banker on key relationships and transactions. Bola joined the Bank in March 2011 as the CEO OF Nigeria and subsequently became the CEO for Nigeria and West Africa in 2015. Prior to joining the bank, Bola was Executive Director, Corporate Banking in First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Nigeria’s biggest bank, and she also had oversight of the retail and commercial banking business in Lagos. Previously, she was CEO of Kakawa Discount House, Nigeria, a securities trading company where she drove record business performance. She also worked in Citibank for nine years in senior leadership roles in Nigeria and Tanzania.
Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985, Bola has over 30 years of banking experience and expertise. Bola is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria (CIBN), sits on the board of the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems Plc, and also chairs the Central Bank of Nigeria Bankers’ Sub-Committee on Economic Development, Sustainability and Gender. She was appointed to the Board of the United Nations Global Compact in 2015 and appointed as the Co Vice-Chair of the Board in 2018. In Standard Chartered, Bola is a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, and is actively involved with women’s networks across the bank. She also sits on the boards of Standard Chartered in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire respectively.
Bola will be succeeded by Lamin Manjang as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigeria and West Africa, subject to Statutory and Regulatory approvals. Lamin joined the Bank in 1999 and has over the past 19 years, built up extensive experience including Cluster CEO for Kenya and East Africa, and CEO in Oman, Uganda and Sierra Leone. Kariuki Ngari replaces Lamin as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kenya, subject to Statutory and Regulatory approvals. Kariuki brings 23 years of banking experience, having served more recently as Group Head, Service Quality in Group Retail Banking. Prior to this, he was Global Head, Retail Distribution, Head of Consumer Banking Kenya and East Africa, and Regional Head, Retail Banking, Africa. The appointment of Cluster CEO, East Africa will be announced in due course.
Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank said: “In Africa and Middle East we have made investments in our people both in their career and personal development, and continue to support our People Strategy to build a high-performance culture through an integrated approach to talent and succession planning. These changes ensure a smooth and orderly succession which will allow us to continue our unrelenting focus on delivering our strategy and capturing opportunities across the region