A statement announcing his appointment reads that Mutesi will assume duties effective 1st February 2023.
She joins BPR Bank Rwanda after serving as the Country Director for Trademark East Africa since July 2016 where she oversaw a strategic trade facilitation programme which contributed significantly towards increasing Rwanda’s trade, investments and jobs’ creation.
She previously served as the Head of Corporate Banking in Ecobank Rwanda and has served as a board member on the boards of BPR Bank Rwanda Plc, MTN Rwandacell Plc, Rwanda Cooperation (RCI), and Advisory Council of One Acre Fund in Rwanda.
Mutesi brings a diversified background in the private sector development and financial sector including corporate governance, credit management, strategy and product development, as well as credible expertise in risk management.
Commenting on the appointment; George Rubagumya, the Chairman of BPR Bank Rwanda said: “We are delighted to have Patience on board and particularly pleased with the experiencer she will bring with her invaluable background in Finance and Trade Development.”
Rubagumya also thanked George Odhiambo for progress made during his stay in office.
“On behalf of Staff, Management and Board, I would like to thank George for his undivided commitment during his time as Managing Director. I believe we are in a strong financial position to foster our desired momentum in the coming years. I wish him all the best in future endeavors,” he noted.
Mutesi expressed delight for the trust bestowed to her to lead the bank.
“I am honored to be given this opportunity to lead this bank and thank the BPR Rwanda Board of Directors and KCB Group for their vote of confidence. As I embark on this journey, priority will be on enhancement of our customers’ experience in dealing with the bank,” she stated.
“I am confident that through the last digital developments, our customers will transition into best-in-class financial services. By increasing provision of capital to businesses for quality investment, we will also support Rwanda’s ambition to foster a private sector driven economy,” added Mutesi.
BPR Bank Rwanda is the largest bank in Rwanda by branch network with 154 branches, playing a critical role in supporting a budding economy to drive financial inclusion in the country, focusing on inclusive growth, equality, financial opportunities, money management, investment initiatives and poverty reduction.