Mrs Reinette van der Merwe completes term as Barclays Bank of Botswana MD

After five years of leading Barclays Bank of Botswana as Managing Director, Mrs Reinette van der Merwe will be leaving the bank following the successful completion of her assignment.

Mrs van der Merwe will continue to serve as the Managing Director for Barclays Bank of Botswana until later this year and the search for her successor is now underway.

As Managing Director, Mrs van der Merwe has built a high performing and diverse leadership team which has led to Barclays Bank of Botswana being one of the most profitable banks in the Botswana market. Her passion for excellent customer service has translated into greater customer focus and innovation across the bank. In addition, the marked progress seen on her watch has led to employee engagement being at its highest in recent years.

“It’s been an amazing journey, spending time with this highly talented and motivated team. It is a team that is more than capable of delivering the bold new strategy that will build the bank that Africa will indeed be proud of”, said Mrs Reinette van der Merwe, outgoing Managing Director of Barclays Bank of Botswana.

The Barclays Africa Group Leadership and the Board of Barclays Bank of Botswana expressed their appreciation to Mrs van der Merwe for her leadership and immense contribution to the remarkable performance of the bank during her 5 year tenure with the bank.

“Her contribution to our business has been outstanding and although she will not be here to oversee our new strategy, she has been instrumental in its development. We have a clear transition plan in place and a strong management team supported by the Board and great employees capable of delivering the exciting African Bank that Botswana and the entire continent will all be proud of,” said Mr Oduetse Motshidisi, Board Chairman of Barclays Bank of Botswana.

He added: “We have a bold new Africa Strategy which prioritises digitalisation, growth and innovation in society while strongly focusing on our customers. We remain committed to delivering this strategy to help bring the possibilities of our customers, clients, stakeholders and communities to life.”

Mrs van der Merwe joined Barclays Bank of Botswana in 2013 as Managing Director.