MUSCAT: Ahlibank recently conducted its first branch managers’ meet for 2015 at its head office in Wattayah.

The meet was attended by area managers, branch managers and assistant branch managers of all the Ahlibank (conventional) and Al Hilal (Islamic) banking branches across the sultanate.

In addition to the managers from all its branches, the meet was attended by the senior management of the bank, including the bank’s CEO and deputy CEOs. Representatives from various departments across the bank operations – risk, audit, compliance, product development, direct sales, mobile banking – were also in attendance.

Through an interactive session with all attendees, the management conveyed their expectations for 2015, and spoke at length about the new initiatives that would be introduced during the course of the year. The bank’s key strategy for the year was also discussed. The meet focused on areas such as the bank’s performance in the last year, its achievements, and also highlighted the growth of the bank’s retail banking stream.

Speaking on the sidelines of the meet, Lloyd Maddock, CEO of Ahlibank said, “The branch managers’ meets are held on an ongoing basis with the objective of maintaining regular contact between senior management and the bank’s managers at the branch and divisional levels. Being a young and growing bank in the sultanate, it is no mean feat that Ahlibank has achieved steady and significant growth in various disciplines year on year and emerged as one of the leading financial institutions in Oman.”

He added, “The many banking awards and accolades won by the bank from prestigious global and pan-Arab banking entities in the last seven years are testimony that our hard work is paying off. However, we must remember that these achievements are the result of the dedicated efforts of our people; and our managers’ meets serve as the perfect avenue to thank and further motivate them to continue in their relentless efforts to make Ahlibank the No1 banking choice in Oman. ”

CB Ganesh, deputy CEO- banking group said, “The objective of these meetings is also to brainstorm our business strategies with branch managers and area managers who contribute significantly in these deliberations through new ideas and suggestions. These regular interactions among our team leaders helps in creating a bondage and also in improving our customer service.”

In defining the growth strategy of the bank, the managers’ meet also placed special emphasis on compliance and control measures that will be vital to the organisation’s growth not just this year, but also in the years to come.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily