Standard Bank Group has named Yinka Sanni as its Chief Executive for Africa Region and a member of the Group Leadership Council. Sanni is taking over from Sola David-Borha who is retiring after 31 years with the bank.
Before joining Standard Bank, Sanni was the Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC. Stanbic IBTC is also a member of the Standard Bank Group.
Sanni has a B. Agric.degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA from Obafemi Awolowo University. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2009, and the Global CEO Programme at the Wharton School in 2017. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector across wholesale, retail and asset management, and joined Standard Bank Group’s Nigerian subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, in December 1990.
Standard Bank Group CEO, Sim Tshabalala, lauded Sanni on his appointment and thanked David-Borha for her extraordinary contributions to the group.
“Sola was appointed as the Chief Executive of Africa Regions in January 2017 and is one of the group’s most deeply expert and experienced bankers,” Tshabalala said.
“Under her leadership, the Africa Regions portfolio has grown remarkably in capacity, market share and contribution to the group’s headline earnings.”
David-Borha, a passionate advocate of culture change and executive leadership development sponsored the ‘Last Mile’ programme, which has resulted in the successful promotion of talented people into both Regional Chief Executive and Country Chief Executive positions, including the appointment of two female Chief Executives in the Africa Regions business.
“It has been a great honour and privilege to serve and contribute to the growth of the Standard Bank Group,” David-Borha said.
“I am delighted to be handing over to Yinka Sanni, an exceptional, authentic and experienced leader who will take the baton forward in driving Africa’s growth.”
David-Borha will remain with the group until the end of June to ensure a successful leadership transition and handover process. Sanni’s appointment is with immediate effect.