Oni Becomes First Female CEO of Standard Chartered Sierra Leone

Yetunde Oni

By Ahmed Rahma

Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Ms Yetunde Oni as the Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary in Sierra Leone, making her the first female to occupy the position.

Ms Oni joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2005 as a Senior Account Relationship Manager in the Local Corporates Segment. She was the pioneer Head of Commercial Clients, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd in September 2014 and reappointed Head Commercial Banking in 2017.

The banker, who graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Economics, has attained several professional and Leadership certifications internationally and locally.

She began her career with the Prime Merchant Bank Treasury & Money markets Group from where she joined Ecobank Nigeria for 10 years and contributed extensively to the development of the bank’s franchise across a wide spectrum of sectors within the commercial banking and institutional banking groups.

Ms Oni has also brought of wealth of experiences from her current role as Managing Director & Head Commercial Banking Nigeria & West Africa and previous role as Head of Local Corporates and Senior Relationship Manager/ Area Manager Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria &West Africa which led to her appointment.

Speaking on the appointment, CEO Standard Chartered Nigeria & West Africa, Mr Lamin Manjang stated that, “In her new role as CEO, Yetunde will oversee the Sierra Leone franchise, and will lead the bank’s refreshed strategic priorities in the market, strengthen our client base, expand our products and services offering, and solidify our network as the country moves towards economic resurgence and diversification.”

“The bank remains grateful to conduct banking activities in Sierra Leone.

“Given our footprint in 60 markets across the world, we will continue to leverage our presence in Sierra Leone to promote trade, investment and capital flows from our network spanning around 60 countries, in support of the government’s sustainable development agenda,” he further said.

Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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