First National Bank appoints first Ghanaian CEO

First National Bank Ghana has appointed Dominic Adu as its first Ghanaian Chief Executive Officer, effective Wednesday, July 01, 2020.

Dominic Adu

Mr Adu takes will succeed Richard Hudson who has been in this position since the inception of the bank five years ago.

Until he was appointed, Dominic Adu was the Chief Executive Officer of the erstwhile GHL Bank, which was recently acquired by First National Bank Ghana.

The Chairman of the board of directors of First National Bank Ghana, Joseph Tetteh “on behalf of the Board of Directors, we are excited to welcome Dominic to lead the First National Bank Ghana team. He has a wealth of experience in domestic and international finance, private equity, entrepreneurship, and leadership which will add great value to our team.”

“Notably, this appointment marks another milestone in the history of First National Bank Ghana to have a Ghanaian citizen as CEO. We are confident that his leadership capabilities, coupled with his astute financial and economic management expertise, will enable the bank to further expand its product offering to all Ghanaians while contributing significantly to the growth of the business.


His experience will help unlock further value in our banking services and expand our existing offering to help the average Ghanaian fulfill their financial aspirations,” he added.

Dominic Adu co-founded Ghana Home Loans in 2006.

Mr Adu led Ghana Home Loans through a transition to obtain a banking licence under the name GHL Bank Plc to become a universal bank in June 2017.

Mr Adu is a Chartered Accountant (ACA, England & Wales) with an MSc. Economics degree from the University of London. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Reacting to his appointment, Johan Maree, CEO of FNB Rest of Africa, said “it is with much joy that I congratulate Dominic Adu on his appointment as CEO.”


“He is a respected leader within the industry, and I look forward to him leveraging his wealth of experience and steering the business to greater profitability in these challenging times. I would also like to thank CEO Richard Hudson for his service, contribution, and role in building the business over the years”.

Meanwhile, Richard Hudson, the outgoing CEO, has now been appointed as Executive Director of First National Bank Ghana.

He is expected to assume responsibility for some roles in the transitional phase while the two businesses fully integrate.

“I wish Dominic every success in the months and years ahead as he takes the business to greater heights. He can be assured of my unconditional support in ensuring the success of the bank particularly in the post-COVID-19 environment,” said Mr. Hudson.

Commenting on his new appointment Mr. Adu said “I have inherited two strong combined brands built by Richard and the founders of GHL supported by a committed team of leaders and staff who are passionate and devoted to delivering innovative financial solutions. I look forward to contributing towards establishing a solid financial institution and the overall growth of the banking industry in Ghana.”


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