Born Miriam Chidiebele Olusanya, the latest GTBank‘s Managing Director, Miriam Olusanya is one of the top Nigerian women serving as inspiration to the younger one and generations to come, breaking barriers and records and setting great career pace for others to follow.
On Wednesday 14th July, the company’s secretary, Erhi Obebeduo, had, in a statement confirmed Miriam Olusanya as the new MD, revealing that the GTBank Board will now have Mr Ibrahim Hassan as Chairman. Celebrating the woman of the moment, let’s fill on into her biography and rich profile.
Not so much is known about Miriam’s place of birth, family and growing up as at the time of this report. NgNews247, however, reported that as seen in an internal memo dated April 28, 2021, the bank also carried out a major management shakeup targeted at staff above the age of 45. Two of the oldest Executive Directors and four General Managers out of 9 were retired, with plans to replace them with younger executives mostly under the age of 45 to take charge. This hints that Miriam Olusanya is above 45 in age.
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She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) degree from the University of Ibadan (1995), Nigeria and a Master of Business Administration (Finance and Accounting) from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom in 2011. She obtained the professional ACI (Association Cambiste Internationale) Dealing certification – The Financial Markets Association, and She has attended various courses and Executive management and banking specific developmental programs in leading educational institutions around the world, one of which is Cranfield School of Management.MARRIAGE
Miriam Olusanya’s marriage to her husband, Abiodun Olusanya had crashed in June, a few weeks before her new appointment, although they both are said to have been living separately with her husband for some years before Abiodun finally sued for divorce in the United States of America USA in January, 2020. The Divorce document which is now making rounds on social media, following her appointment as reportedly obtained by Brand News Day reads that the case titled ‘PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE’, has Miriam Olusanya’s husband, Abiodun as the plaintiff and she as the defendant.
According to GTBank, Miriam Olusanya has over 23 years’ banking experience that cuts across Transaction Services, Asset and Liability Management, Financial Markets, Investment Banking and Investor Relations. She joined GTBank as an Executive Trainee in 1998, 8 years after the bank was founded, after working 2 years at Smithkline Beecham Nigeria (now GlaxoSmithkline – GSK). She had a short stint in Transactions Services and later moved to the Bank’s Treasury Group in 1999. She managed the local and foreign currency trading desks before becoming the Bank’s Chief Dealer in 2003 and subsequently, Treasurer in 2004. In 2006, she led the team that secured the appointment of the Bank as a Primary Dealer/ Market Maker in Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Bonds with the Debt Management Office (DMO). She also led the team that saw the appointment of the bank as a Money Market Dealer in Nigerian Treasury Bills by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Some employees of GT Bank, who reportedly spoke to Nairametrics on the condition of anonymity, following Miriam Olusanya’s latest appointment testify that she is inded the right person for the job. “Miriam is an astute leader who is very skilled at her work. Her focus and visionary leadership will definitely impact the bank’s operations going forwards”, a staff reportedly said. “She has the grit and charisma to take over from Mr Agbaje. She has been a top performer and a great team-builder from her time as a general manager. She also has the requisite experience in various sectors of the bank that we are hopeful will come to bear in her leadership of the bank.“, another reported told Nairametrics.