Miriam Olusanya Appointed Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) First Female MD

Miriam Olusanya

Miriam Olusanya has set a new milestone at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) as she becomes the first female Managing Director since its 31 years in existence following the completion of its restructuring into a holding company.

Until her appointment, Olusanya served an executive director at the bank. She is said to have over 20 years of experience in the banking sector across various divisions, including transaction services, asset and liability management, financial markets, corporate finance and investor relations.

Miriam Olusanya joined GTbank as an executive trainee and rose to the position of GM until she was appointed executive director in 2020. She is preceded by Segun Agbaje who was the MD/CEO since June, 2011, and is currently the Group Treasurer and Head, Wholesale Banking Division.

Commenting on the Corporate Reorganization, Segun Agbaje, said: “We believe that a Holding Company Structure will allow us take advantage of new business opportunities in the emerging competitive landscape and strengthen our earnings base. We are very excited to get started on the next phase of our incredible journey to driving Africa’s growth by making end-to-end financial services easily accessible to every African and African Businesses by leveraging Technology and Strategic Partnerships.

“As a bank, we were always looking to meet every customer need; with our corporate reorganization, we will be able to do more to help our customers thrive in this new world of digital technologies and unprecedented possibilities. Whilst we are evolving as an organization, we remain committed to our founding values which have endeared our brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond, and which continues to drive our financial success.

“As a proudly African and truly international band, we will continue to live by these values—of excellence, hard work and integrity, even as we create faster, cheaper, safer and more diverse products for people and businesses of varied types and sizes.”

The financial institution, aiming to strengthen its long-term competitiveness and growth prospects, Guaranty Trust Bank plc had recently completed its re-organisation to a holding company structure. Under the terms of the re-organisation, a new operating company has been established and amendments made to the articles of incorporation for a corporate name change. The corporate name of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc and GTCO Plc will be used by the newly established operating company.

This statement also added that the appointments have been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria and disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Nigerian Exchange Group.

Prior to its corporate reorganization to Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has been at the forefront of delivering innovative banking products and services to customers and best-in-class Return-on-Equity to shareholders. It is widely regarded as the best managed financial institution in Nigeria and has, over the past decade, embarked on a period of unparalleled growth, growing its customer base from less than three million customers in 2011 to over 24million customers in 2020, and profit before tax from N45.5 billion at the end of the 2010 financial year to N238.1billion at the end of the 2020 financial year