By Victor C. Hanson, Jr
Mr. Gilles Guerard, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Rwanda, has now been appointed as the new Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia Limited.
Guerard took over from Kola Adeleke who has taken another assignment in Zambia, Lusaka as the new manager in that country.
Ecobank capital is responsible for overseeing all Ecobank Group treasury, investment banking and asset, managing businesses across the group.
Commenting on his appointment, Guerard said he is committed to enhance efficiency that will bring about customers’ satisfaction as well as creating improved shareholder.
Mr. Guerard promised to work along with the government of Liberia as well as the banking sector to improve the economy.
Mr. Guerard said he will continue from where Adeleke stopped and will improve on it. He indicated that he will be delicate with customers and within the framework of the CBL
He extoled the outgoing Managing Director Kola Adeleke for his contributions to the growth and development of Ecobank Liberia; promised that the bank will do its best to contribute to the economy
of Liberia and will focus on financial inclusion and the development of the capital market.
He expressed hope of having a cordial working support from employees and their partners.
Also making remark at the farewell dinner at the Monrovia City Hall, Mr. Kola Adeleke said he has learnt a lot since coming to Liberia, recalling his time working in Liberia as remarkable.
He explained that over the past five years, his administration made positive contributions to the
growth and development of Ecobank Liberia and to the growth and development of the banking industry in the country.
He disclosed that his administration also over the years contributed immensely to the growth of the economy of Liberia, adding that his heart will always be with Liberia.
“I have made positive contributions as Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia to the growth and development of Ecobank Liberia; to the growth and development of the banking industry and to the growth and economy of Liberia,” Mr. Adeleke asserted.
Mr. Adeleke pointed out that Africans owe Africa the responsibility of development and economic growth.
He expressed the need for Africans including investment partners on the continent to collaborate efforts that will ensure that Africa moves rapidly to the next level in terms of development, while at the same time ensuring that capacities of Africans are developed as well.
He urged fellow Africans to drop self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty; because doing so will bring pride to Africa and Africans.
“We need to drop our self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty, because doing so will make use proud of the continent we call home,” he stressed.
He said it was also important for Africans to commit themselves to the growth and development of Africa and commended the Central Bank of Liberia for what he referred to as the level of support they rendered to Ecobank.