Global Finance’s First Annual List Of Who’s Who In African Finance.
Gerrie Fourie | CEO
Fourie was chief operating officer at Stellenbosch, South Africa–based Capitec Bank for 13 years before becoming CEO in January 2014. Prior to that, he had a decade of management experience at Stellenbosch Farmers Winery. Capitec, a fast-growing retail bank, offers affordable banking using the latest technology.
Kevin Murray | Managing director for West and Central Africa
Murray has been key in the recent bond issuance across West and Central Africa. Beyond being Citi’s managing director for the region, he’s the bank’s country officer for Côte d’Ivoire, which issued a $1 billion eurobond this year. Murray oversees Citi’s banking operations in Cameroon, Gabon, DR Congo and Senegal.
Florian Witt | Regional head, Africa
Before taking his current position in January 2014, Witt was managing director of Commerzbank’s representative office in Lagos, Nigeria. He also established a regional office for the German bank in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and managed Commerzbank’s expansion in Northern Africa, as well as in Angola and Côte d’Ivoire.
Peter Wharton-Hood | CEO, South Africa
Wharton-Hood is CEO and chief country officer of Deutsche Bank in South Africa. He is responsible for developing the bank’s sub-Saharan franchise. Wharton-Hood spent 16 years with Standard Bank in a wide range of executive positions, ultimately as group deputy CEO and group chief operating officer.
Albert Essien | Outgoing CEO
Essien became CEO of Ecobank in March 2014, after serving as deputy group CEO and group executive director for Ecobank’s corporate and investment bank. Essien’s tenure at the pan-African bank came to an end in September. Ade Ayeyemi, ex-head of Citi’s sub-Saharan Africa unit, was named to take his place.
Zemedeneh Negatu | Managing partner and head of transaction advisory
Negatu has successfully closed numerous M&A deals across the continent and in the US and Latin America for EY, the former Ernst & Young. He advised on the Ethiopian government’s sale in 2012 of Meta Abo Brewery to Diageo of the UK.
First Bank of Nigeria
Stephen Olabisi Onasanya | Group managing director and CEO
First Bank of Nigeria is the country’s largest bank by assets. Onasanya was named to his current position in 2009, succeeding Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who left to become governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Onasanya, a chartered accountant, was previously executive director of banking operations and services at FirstBank, which he joined in 1994. He has announced his intention to retire by the end of 2015.
IC Securities (Ghana)
David Awuah-Darko | Chairman and CEO
Prior to founding IC Securities, Awuah-Darko began his career at Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in London, where he was a European equities trader. Accra-based IC Securities assists sovereign, institutional and corporate clients in accessing local and global capital markets. Awuah-Darko manages strategic initiatives and business development for the wider IC Securities group.