Ghanaian born Albert Saltson, the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the oldest banking institution in the country, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Sierra Leone has pledged to help in the eradication of poverty through the bank’s community projects.
Speaking during his unveiling at the Country Lodge on Thursday evening, which was graced by dignitaries drawn from all spheres of life, he lauded the tremendous strides of his predecessor, Lamin Manjang, in their community driven projects.
He told his audience that the Standard Chartered Bank, through its community development projects, had contributed towards poverty reduction in the country.
Over the years, the Bank’s corporate social responsibility activities were of a different tone as they handed over the newly constructed outpatient wing of the Bo Government Hospital.
It also partnered with Sight Savers to restore sight to over 1,600 persons.
CEO Saltson also spoke about the capacity of the staff to enhance better and quality services to their numerous shareholders and customers, and assured that they would maintain the success trend of the bank after it had won for three consecutive years: 2004, 2005 and 2006, the “bank of the year” award. That award was bestowed upon the Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone by the Bankers Magazine, which is owned by the Financial Times of London.
The new CEO further assured of a cordial working relationship with his regulators, and welcomed the new competition that the industry would be facing within the coming months through the launching of new banks in the country.
Earlier in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank, Alex Kamara highlighted the new CEO’s CV which included stints in Ghana and Zambia.
He assured that the bank would maintain its positive role as the leading financial institution in the country.
Guests were formally welcomed to the cocktail by Kumba Ngongou, head of Corporate Affairs, while the master of ceremony was the company’s secretary Idrissa Kamara.