Standard Bank has announced a significant increase in the responsibilities of Kenny Fihla, the head of corporate and investment banking (CIB). Fihla’s expanded role positions him as a strong candidate to succeed group CEO Sim Tshabalala.
- This move reflects Standard Bank’s confidence in Fihla’s ability to lead and steer the bank’s core business. His oversight role includes the bank’s bold 2021 strategy, which emphasised its digital transformation.
- Born and raised in Soweto, Fihla brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new position. He has been instrumental in driving the bank’s growth and success in the corporate and investment banking sector.
- Fihla’s promotion, according to Tiisetso Motsoeneng, is Standard Bank’s commitment to nurturing and promoting internal talent. It demonstrates the bank’s strategy of identifying capable leaders from within its ranks to ensure continuity and stability.
- As the head of CIB, Fihla will play a crucial role in shaping the bank’s future direction, particularly in the digital realm. Standard Bank’s 2021 strategy focused on leveraging technology and innovation to enhance customer experience and drive sustainable growth.
- This development comes at a time when the banking industry is undergoing rapid transformation, with digitaliation and technological advancements reshaping the competitive landscape. Fihla’s expertise in these areas will be vital in positioning Standard Bank as a leader in the digital banking space.
- Standard Bank’s decision to empower Fihla highlights the importance of strong leadership and strategic vision in navigating the evolving financial landscape. With his expanded responsibilities, Fihla has the opportunity to make a significant impact on the bank’s future success and solidify its position as a leading financial institution in Africa.