Awuah will succeed the current CEO, Mr. D.K. Mensah when he retires later this year.
Prior to his appointment, Awuah was the managing partner of Jawuah & Co. Advisors Ltd, a financial and management services consulting firm.
Awuah holds an MBA from the Oxford Institute of International Finance (Oxford Brookes University) and is a member of the Association of Chartered Accountants (UK) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG).
He worked with Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) as CEO.
He also worked at GCB Bank, where he was chief financial officer, Ecobank Capital, where he served as the group's chief financial officer.
He held senior positions as Financial Controller at Barclays Bank of Ghana (now ABSA Bank), Chief Finance Officer at UBA Ghana and as Finance Business Partner at Standard Chartered Bank Ghana with exposure in the Tractor & Equipment Ghana (now Mantrac) and Western Castings sector Limited.
Awuah brings to the Association extensive experience in the sector, extensive knowledge in stakeholder management and optimization of social capital.
In his role, Awuah should lead all GAB strategic initiatives and defend the banking sector's response to global banking practices, research opportunities, regulatory compliance and emerging trends in sustainable financial services and banks' financial inclusion efforts in Ghana.
Commenting on his appointment, Awuah said: “Banking practice has evolved; the change has been profound and has impacted all aspects of trade – our job is to professionally navigate this phenomenal change and stay in control. I am excited about the superior service experience that bank customers are enjoying and will continue to benefit as a result of unimpeded banking developments globally. At GAB, we will focus on creating more inclusive banking services, with an emphasis on technology, collaboration and holistic risk management practices across all of our networks and channels. "
GAB President Alhassan Andani added that; “John's strong knowledge of the banking sector can only be an advantage for the Association. We have every confidence in your ability to proactively coordinate the sector's efforts and to be a strong advocate not only of Ghana's banks, but of the entire financial services sector in the country and elsewhere. We assure you of our unwavering support.