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Miriam Olusanya: Reshaping the narrative of banking leadership

Miriam Olusanya’s journey to becoming the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), now Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTHC), Plc, is marked by a steady climb through the ranks as she quietly etched her name as the first bank’s female Managing Director.

Hers is a story of strategic brilliance that unfolds as a captivating narrative of triumph and leadership excellence.

A financial dynamo
Meet Miriam Olusanya, the driving force behind GTHC Plc’s meteoric rise. With a background in Pharmacy from the University of Ibadan (UI), and an MBA from the University of Liverpool, she entered the banking realm as a Graduate Trainee in 1998. Little did she know that this would mark the beginning of her life’s extraordinary journey.

From trainee to titan
Miriam’s ascent through the ranks is nothing short of spectacular. Fueled by her early experience at GlaxoSmithKline, she swiftly moved through the levels at GTBank. As Chief Dealer and Treasurer, she led groundbreaking initiative, securing prestigious appointments and solidifying GTB’s position in the financial landscape.

Pioneering excellence
In 2018, Miriam took on the role of Executive Director, setting the stage for her historic appointment as the bank’s first female MD on July 14, 2021. Beyond breaking gender barriers, she is reshaping the narrative of banking leadership with each strategic move.

Academic acumen and beyond
Miriam’s commitment to excellence beyond her academic pursuits. A graduate of the University of Ibadan, she also holds and MBA specializing in Finance and Accounting. Her professional certifications from the Association of Cambiste International and the Financial Markets Association underscores her dedication to continuous learning.

Personal vivacity
Beyond boardroom triumphs, Miriam’s personal life adds depth to her narrative. Married to Olusanya Abiodun, a US-based investor, her alleged divorce in the United States of America reveals the strength and grace with which she faces both professional and personal challenges.

Beyond barriers
Miriam’s journey is not just about breaking glass ceilings, her story is also a tale of the power of perseverance, skill and quiet determination to achieve greatness in life. Her vision is described as one of redefining the landscape of banking with every strategic move while climbing the corporate ladder and rephrasing what it means to lead in the world of banking.

Joke Kujenya
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