After a 9-year tenor since the founding of African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF), Group Chief Executive Officer Felix BIKPO decided to retire from his position. Mr. BIKPO was, however, requested to continue offering his services to the company in a new capacity as Chairman of the Board. Pursuant to the recommendation of the shareholders, Felix BIKPO was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors as of 1st July 2020.
Reflecting on his tenure, Mr.
BIKPO stated “My greatest satisfaction is that the financial sector has come to
understand the role of the SMEs in driving economic growth and through our
guarantee products have unlocked SME financing and ultimately had great
economic and social impact on the continent”.
“The fact that we have been
assigned a three-time exceptional AA- rating shows that we understood the gap
and created a leader in the guarantee market. I am proud of what I am leaving
behind especially for the coming generation” he added.
At the level of the management, the Board also resolved to appoint Mr. Jules NGANKAM, the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, as Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company as of 1st July 2020.
Mr. NGANKAM joined the Company in 2013 as Chief Finance Officer and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer by the Board on 20th April 2017. He has over 15 years of experience in banking and financial services with leading financial institutions.
Prior to joining the Company,
Mr. NGANKAM worked for over 8 years at Barclays Capital, the investment banking
division of Barclays PLC, in various roles including rates strategist, rates
trader and treasury vice-president.
Jules, a Cameroonian national, is a graduate of ENSAE in statistics and
economics and of ESSEC Business School in
business administration. He also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics
from the University of Paris Dauphine in France.
In his new capacity as Acting CEO, Mr. NGANKAM remarked, “I am grateful to be part of AGF’s journey to support financial institutions and help them overcome the challenges they face in serving SMEs. AGF remains committed to continue delivering the best quality service to our partners especially now during this challenging period”.