The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Sierra Leone Limited has announced the appointment of Mohamed Alhaji Samoura as the substantive Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UBA Sierra Leone. This appointment was made with the approval of the Bank of Sierra Leone, following nominations by the UBA Group Office and the UBA Sierra Leone Board of Directors in December 2023.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Samoura held the position of Executive Director, Business Development at UBA Sierra Leone and served as the Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He is a seasoned banker with nearly two decades of extensive experience in the Sierra Leone banking industry, where he has earned numerous accolades for his accomplishments.
Under Mr. Samoura's leadership as Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since February of last year, the UBA Sierra Leone team achieved remarkable success by winning the prestigious 2023 Bank of the Year award from the Banker's Financial Times UK – Africa. This notable achievement underscores his exceptional dedication and commitment to driving the growth and success of UBA Sierra Leone.
As the first Sierra Leonean to attain this position since the bank commenced operations in Sierra Leone in 2008, Mr. Samoura has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to promoting Sierra Leonean businesses and fostering economic development in the country. Since assuming the role of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Samoura has focused on building upon the legacies of his predecessors, achieving significant growth in revenue, profitability, deposits, account openings, and risk assets.
With Mr. Samoura's proven track record and deep understanding of the Sierra Leonean banking landscape, the bank is well-positioned to continue delivering innovative solutions and supporting the aspirations of its customers and stakeholders, by providing exceptional financial services and actively contributing to the socio-economic advancement of the nation.