2013 Kellogg Africa Business Conference

Thierry Tanoh
CEO · Ecobank

Mr. Tanoh joined Ecobank Group in July 2012 as the CEO Designate. After a six-month transition period, Mr. Tanoh was appointed on the 1st of January 2013 as the substantive Group Chief Executive Officer for the Group.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tanoh worked for the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and a global financial institution that supports private sector development in developing countries. During his 17-year career with the IFC, Mr. Tanoh has played a key role in expanding the latter’s investment activity in Sub-Saharan Africa from USD 140 million in 2003 to more than to $3.5 billion in 2011. During this time, his responsibilities included business development, deal structuring and processing of some of IFC’s largest transactions, before taking on a broader management role.

Mr. Tanoh joined IFC in 1994 through the young professional program. He initially worked in the Asia Department. He then specialized in the chemicals and petrochemicals sector, working on transactions in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2001, focusing on transactions in Latin America. He became Regional Director in 2006 and Vice President, Latin America & the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe in 2008.

Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Tanoh worked for a consulting firm in Paris and with the banking commission of the West African Central Bank in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. An Ivorian national, he graduated from Ecole Superieure de Commerce d’Abidjan, is a certified public accountant in France and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.