MS. MAIDIE ELIZABETH ARKUTU
Ms. Maidie Elizabeth Arkutu was appointed to the Board of the Bank in May 2019 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
Maidie Arkutu is the immediate past Vice President, Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Francophone Africa. In this role, she led one of the 4 sub-Saharan Africa clusters for the Unilever Africa Group, managing over 10 French speaking countries and based in Abidjan. She was the Managing Director of Unilever Ghana prior to taking on the Francophone role.
Before her appointment as Managing Director of Unilever Ghana, Ms. Arkutu was the Marketing Director for Unilever West Africa (UWA). Miss Arkutu joined Unilever West Africa from Coca-Cola East and Central Africa Business Unit (ECABU) where she was the Marketing Manager for the Horn, Islands and Mid Africa (HIMA).
A professional Marketer, Ms. Arkutu has a post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (U.K Board). She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Business Economics with a minor in French from Vesalius College, Belgium.
Prior to her recent appointment, Miss Arkutu was the Lady Chair and Executive Board Member of the Executive Women Network (EWN), a Non- Executive Board member at Barclays Bank Ghana Limited and an Executive Board Member at Unilever Ghana Limited. She also served as a Regulatory Committee Member of the Business Enabling Environment Programme and a corporate advisory Group Member at the University of Ghana Business School.
During her tenure as Managing Director of Unilever Ghana, Miss Arkutu received several recognitions, including the prestigious Marketing Woman of the Year (2015) at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana Awards and Outstanding Manufacturing Executive, Personal Products (2016) at the Feminine Ghana Achievement Awards. She was awarded the Female Influential Leader Award by Ghana UK Based Achievements (GUBA) in 2017, and in 2018, the prestigious Jeune Afrique Magazine named Ms. Arkutu as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in African Business.