The Governing Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) has announced the appointment of Abena Osei-Poku as the Chairperson of the Council effective October 14, 2021. One of the three independent members on the council representing the associate members, the Managing Director of Absa Bank takes over from Ray Anselm Sowah, whose tenure ended at the last annual general meeting.
Following her appointment, she becomes only the second woman in 26 years to become the Chairperson of the Exchange, following Gloria Nikoi. A high-impact leader, she combines an effective commitment to high financial performance and social good, which has seen her steer the transformational direction for the bank and for entrenching the new brand amongst key clients, customers, and all stakeholders.
Prior to her current role, she worked at Absa Group in South Africa as Managing Director responsible for the Corporate & Investment Banking business in East and West Africa. She has over 27-years pan-African experience from Standard Chartered and Barclays Bank with various leadership roles in risk management, corporate governance, business management, strategy, client coverage, and change management.
Ms. Osei-Poku has broad board experience having previously sat on boards in telecommunications, banking, commerce, and hospitality. She is currently the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana. In addition, she sits on other executive fora and is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana.
She is also an alumnus of the University of Ghana and has an MBA from the Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. She has participated in various leadership and other programs worldwide. She is fluent in English with a working knowledge of French.