African Women in Business – Olufunke Iyabo Osibodu

Posted on December 2, 2011


In the Financial Times’ 2011 list of Women at the Top, an international list of the top 50 women in business that “celebrates outstanding female leadership”, a Nigerian woman has made the list! As a counter punch to more typical “What good can come from Nazareth?“-treatment Nigeria often receives from  international media,  Olufunke Osibodu‘s recognition is certainly good news. With nearly 30 years’ experience in financial services, the Managing Director of Union Bank Nigeria (one of Nigeria’s oldest and largest banks) placed 47th on the list. The Financial Times notes her “strong leadership track record” and her efforts in “strengthening the management of the bank, improving discipline and ensuring transparency.” Two other women I personally find inspiring, Ursula Andrews, CEO of Xerox, and Annika Falkengren, Group President and CEO of Swedish bank SEB, rank number 4 and 13 on the list, respectively. To read more of FT’s list, click here.

For your viewing pleasure, a few notes on what it takes to be successful on the board of a listed company…

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47. Olunfunke Iyabo Osibodu –, posted with vodpod

And a 2009 interview of Ms. Falkengren on Simon Hobbs’ (sadly) defunct show The Leaders; in addition to discussing her role as a leader of one of Europe’s largest banks, she also discusses balancing work and life…happy glass-ceiling smashing!

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