Former Absa Kenya Exec Jeremy Awori Joins Ecobank as CEO

Jeremy Awori
Jeremy Awori

Lender Ecobank Group has announced that Jeremy Awori has officially taken on the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Awori has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, including almost ten years as CEO and Managing Director of Absa Bank Kenya Plc, and previous leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank across the Middle East and Africa.

Jeremy’s expertise and knowledge makes him a valuable addition to the Ecobank Group.

He has expressed excitement about the opportunity to lead Ecobank to new heights, leveraging its existing geographic footprint to provide financial products and solutions to countries, corporates, and SMEs across Africa.

In a statement, Awori believes that despite current global challenges, Africa offers promising prospects, and Ecobank is uniquely positioned to drive change in the banking sector at a pan-African level.

Ecobank provides accessible and affordable financial services that cater to the evolving needs of a youthful and entrepreneurial continent, which is a source of pride for the company.

Last week, Ghanaian Josephine Anan-Ankomah was appointed as the new Regional Executive, Central, Eastern, and Southern African (CESA) and Managing Director for Ecobank Kenya by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI). Her appointment was cleared by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). Cheikh Travaly, who had reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 years in accordance with Ecobank Group policy, retired at the end of 2022 and was replaced by Anan-Ankomah.


“Jeremy Awori’s exceptional and proven qualities as a result-oriented effective leader with an extensive knowledge of the African banking landscape, make him the ideal choice to steer the growth of the Ecobank Group through the current era of rapid global and continental changes.” The Group Chairman further noted that Jeremy has the full support of the ETI Board,” said Alain Nkontchou, Ecobank Group Chairman.