Executive Regional Director/ Regional Head for IBM North East and West Africa, Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh, has been sworn in by President Nana Akufo-Addo, as a member of the newly constituted board of the Bank of Ghana.
Chaired by Dr Ernest Addison, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Angela becomes the newest member of the board, joining Economic Professor, Eric Osei Assibey, Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana; Elsie Addo Awadzi, Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana and Charles Kofi Adu Boahen, Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance.
Also on the board are, author, Comfort Ocran, Andrew Adinorte Boye-Doe, Dr Regina Adutwum, Jude Kofi Bucknor, Dr Kwame Owusu-Nyantekyi, Joseph Blignam Alhassan, and Dr Samuel Nii-Noi Ashong
The President in addressing the board congratulated its members for their timely intervention, and prudent management of the financial sector cleanup during his government’s first term in office.
He noted that members were carefully selected because of their expertise, knowledge and accomplishment, to assess the work of the bank, in the areas of concern under its jurisdiction, and charged them to interrogate the issue of high-interest rates in Ghana and how the problem should be addressed to enhance the competitiveness of the private sector.
“It is surely not right that the central bank’s monetary policy rate stands at 13.5%, whilst the commercial banks lend to the private sector at rates of 21% and above. This is a gap we have to bridge if we are to realize the vision of a Ghana, whose economy is globally competitive,” he said.
The brief ceremony was held at the Jubilee House on Friday, August 20.
About Angela Kyeramaten-Jimoh
Angela is currently the Executive Director/Regional Head for IBM North, East and West Africa where she is responsible for the organization’s business and strategy across 35 countries in Africa. She is the first woman and first African to occupy this position.
Since joining IBM Ghana in 2011, she has worked across various business units in East and West Africa. Angela was also IBM’s strategy leader for Central, East and West Africa and in 2015 became the first female Country General Manager for IBM Ghana, a role that made her the first female country manager in Africa and saw her broker some of the largest deals in East and West Africa. Angela held a global role for IBM as the Chief of Staff to the SVP of Global Markets in IBM’s headquarters in the United States of America.
Prior to joining IBM, she worked for UBS Investment Bank and ABN AMRO Bank in the UK. Angela also worked for GL Trade, a leading software company as their Marketing Executive for London and Northern Europe. In Ghana, she later became Head of Consumer Banking for GT Bank Ghana and also headed Prestige Banking for UBA Bank Ghana.
She is a recipient of the US African Women Forum’s Global Impact Leadership Award, African Achievers Awards for Excellence in Business and is also ranked as one of Africa’s most influential women by Avance Media.
She has served on many boards including Allianz Insurance Ltd, Bayport Savings and Loans PLC, US Africa Business Center (US Chamber of Commerce), AMCHAM Ghana, Impact Investing Ghana Ltd, Student Loans Trust Fund and many more.