A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Managing Director of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Ms. Yemisi Edun called on the leading professional accountant body and its affiliates to prioritize leadership development programs for women accountants.
She made this appeal during the inauguration of Ms. Catherine Nnaji as the 10th President of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN) and the swearing-in of its new executives in Lagos. SWAN is a national organization dedicated to serving all women members of ICAN. Ms. Edun, who held leadership positions such as Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director prior to her elevation to Managing Director, was the keynote speaker at the event. She urged SWAN and ICAN to prepare women accountants for expanded roles that would take them from compliance officers to business advisers and, ultimately, to senior management roles.
However, she denounced the under-representation of women accountants in managerial positions.
She urged ICAN and SWAN to take advantage of the growing number of women studying for a professional accounting degree and those employed in accounting roles to train and gradually increase the representation of women in the C-Suite of large companies. .
Edun commended the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria for unifying the qualified women of ICAN under a platform that provides leadership, mentorship, networking, education and empowerment.