STANBIC Bank chief executive Mr Joshua Tapambgwa has stepped down from the helm of the financial services institution effective December 31, 2020, after serving the institution for 18 years at different capacities.
Mr Tapambgwa joined Stanbic Bank on September 1, 2002 as head of finance and rose through the ranks to become chief executive officer in 2008.
“It is the soft spoken Mr Tapambgwa’s sterling work that saw him being promoted first to executive director, finance in 2005 then chief executive in 2008, a position in which he has steered the bank to greater heights during his 13-year reign as head of the institution,” said the bank.
He was replaced by chief financial officer Mr Solomon Nyanhongo effective January 1, 2021.
Mr Nyanhongo joined Stanbic Bank in 2003 as a senior manager and was later appointed head of finance in 2009 and then chief financial officer, the same year, a position he has held till his recent appointment.
The bank said Mr Tapambgwa is credited with steering the leading financial services institution through the toughest economic periods the country has seen in its 40-year history. “Zimbabwe’s economy was at an all-time low when Mr Tapambgwa was appointed as chief executive in 2008, with the banking sector tumbling from one crisis to another, chief among them being the collapse of the Zimbabwe dollar and spiralling inflation.
“My appointment was akin to being thrown into the deep end as the economy was heading south and I would definitely say steering the ship during some of the country’s worst economic times gave me great satisfaction.“Obviously, I had a great team around me so that lessened the burden,” he said.
Stanbic Bank defied the economic challenges bedevilling the country during Mr Tapambgwa’s tenure to perform admirably with some of the major highlights being awarded Best Bank in Zimbabwe not only as judged by leading analysts, media houses and financial institution in the country but also by respected global pundits and institutions.
Last year alone, Stanbic Bank was named Best Bank in Zimbabwe by two reputable institutions Europe, Middle East and Africa Finance and The Banker.
The latter award is the second year running that Stanbic scooped the priced accolade.
“As much as Mr Tapambgwa did well during the harsh economic times in Zimbabwe, he has been instrumental in guiding Stanbic Bank in these trying Covid-19 times with the institution introducing a myriad of products aimed at protecting its customers from the pandemic while ensuring that they received top-notch service,” the bank said.
The need to keep a social distance while having to ensure customers’ needs were not compromised, saw Stanbic Bank introducing highly innovative products such as the contactless debit cards to protect its clients from contracting the virus among other measures.
“Every institution is judged by its performance and I’m humbled to have played a pivotal role in positioning Stanbic as one of the top performers in Profit After Tax, Return on Equity and governance issues,” said Mr Tapambgwa.
He said leading a team trusted with responsibilities to hold dual roles (Zimbabwean and regional role) such as head of finance, head of audit, head of risk, head of projects, head of group physical security was one of his proud moments in life as it demonstrates the extent to which the team he developed, expanded their capacity to lead across the group.
“As such Mr Tapambgwa is confident that the group of leaders that he has extensively groomed are more than capable to take the bank forward,” said the institution.