The Board of Directors of Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited is made up of seasoned individuals determined to deliver superior financial solutions to both businesses and individuals. Our success stems from the experience, leadership, and vision of our staff. Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited leverages the talents of world-renowned legal and technology experts to advise on industry-leading solutions and services for its consumer and business customers.
Mary Chinery-Hesse (Dr.) – Board Chairman
Dr. Mary Chinery-Hesse, Chairperson of the Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited Board, is a Retired International Civil Servant with a career spanning over twenty (20) years. She has held positions such as Resident Coordinator of the UN System and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), serving in New York, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Seychelles and Uganda. She also served as Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), with the rank of Under Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Dr. Chinery-Hesse was Chief Advisor to the President of Republic of Ghana from May 2006 to January 2009, and currently serves on the African Union High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (Panel of the Wise), representing West Africa.
She has received several prestigious decorations both nationally and internationally. This includes the highest National Award, the Order of the Star of Ghana. She is also a Laureate of the prestigious Gusi Peace Prize, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize.She holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Economics, and Doctor of Laws (Honoris causa) from the University of Ghana; and postgraduate training in Development Economics at the University of Dublin and the World Bank Institute. Dr. Mary Chinery-Hesse acts as a consultant to several governments and International Institutions.
Akindele A. Ogunranti – Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer
Akindele Ogunranti is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited. He has a broad based wealth of experience spanning over two decades across the following areas: Corporate Banking, Commercial and Retail Banking, Public Sector Banking, Structured/Project Finance and strong relationship with Multilateral and Export Credit Agencies.
Akin holds a BSc (Hons.) in International relations, from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, an MBA in Marketing, and an MSc (Hons.) Banking and Finance from the University of Ibadan. He has also attended the prestigious Moody’s Credit Academy, UK, and various Executive Management Programs at the Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School, USA respectively. He is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (HCIB), Nigeria and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).
Prior to joining Zenith Bank Ghana, he had at various times served as General Manager in charge of Corporate Banking Division, Infrastructure & Power Sector, Apapa & Ikeja Zones, Multilaterals & Conglomerates Sector, and the Lagos Public Sector Division at Zenith Bank Plc. He was actively involved in Nigeria’s recent Power Privatization exercise and has structured financing for various infrastructure projects in the Power, Maritime, Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Agricultural sectors of the economy.
Akin is an astute banker and a dynamic leader who leads his team to achieve exceptional performance.
Kwame Sarpong – Member
Mr. Sarpong holds a BSc (Administration – Accounting) and Master of Business Administration from the University of Ghana (Legon) and Columbia University (New York City) (Finance) in 1967 and 1970 respectively. He was a lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School (then School of Administration) between 1970/71 and 1976/77 academic years.
Before joining the Board of Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited, he was Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board in July 2001, a position he held for five (5) years.
He was awarded a National Award – Officer of the Order of the Volta on July 3, 2008 for his exemplary performance as Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board.
He currently serves on several other Boards, including New World Investments Securities Limited, Collection Africa (Ghana) Limited, Bamboo Bikes Limited and Ghana Cocoa Board.
Gabriel Ita Asuquo Ukpeh – Member
Gabriel Ukpeh is an internationally acclaimed consultant in business strategy, risk management, process re-engineering and financial services, who was, until recently, a Senior Partner and Risk Quality Leader for Africa at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with over thirty five (35) years experience in Financial Audit and Reporting, as well as a member of the Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
A graduate of accounting, Gabriel holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. He obtained a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Contemporary Accounting from the Leeds Metropolitan University, UK in 2009.
Gabriel worked with PwC, an International Business auditing and consulting firm for over thirty five (35) years, and as Partner for over 20 years led, directed, planned and managed the audit, accounting, and consulting assignments for numerous financial institutions, multinationals and local companies, including most major banks in Nigeria.
Anthony (Tony) Oteng-Gyasi
Mr. Anthony Oteng-Gyasi is the Founder and Managing Director of Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited, a wholly Ghanaian owned cable manufacturing company. Prior to founding this company, Mr. Oteng-Gyasi worked for a period of nine (9) years with British Petroleum.
Mr. Oteng-Gyasi holds a bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Ghana. He studied law in the same University and was called to the Ghana Bar in 1989. He also holds a diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom.
In the year 2000, Anthony won the Empretec Star Award for Entrepreneurial achievement. He was adjudged the Most Outstanding Personality in the Electrical Field during the 2005 Industrial and Technology (Indutech) Fair. In the same year, he was selected as the Marketing Man of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Mr. Oteng-Gyasi has served two terms on the Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange and has been a member of the Council of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He is the past Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ghana Legon. He served two terms as the elected President of the Association of Ghana Industries was also Chairman of the Oversight Committee of the Private Sector Development Strategy.
He currently serves on the Board of the African Centre for Economic Transformation and is the Executive Chairman of Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited
He has been conferred with the high National Honours as an Officer of the Order of the Volta by the Republic of Ghana. Mr. Oteng -Gyasi is an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana.
Dennis Olisa – Member
Mr. Olisa is an Executive Director at Zenith Bank Plc. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nigeria (FCA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB) and an Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACIT).
He has attended several international courses including INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France; Havard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA; London School of Economics (LSE) UK, and Oxford Princeton Programme, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Mr. Olisa has spent over twenty seven (27) years in the Nigerian Banking Industry. He joined the services of the bank in 1998. His experience covers Treasury, Banking Operations, Credit Risk Management, Telecommunication, Oil and Gas, Internal Control as well as Branch Management and Zonal Management. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he was a General Manager and Chief Inspector of the bank, overseeing the Internal Audit and Inspection of the Zenith Bank Group.