Vodafone Ghana has appointed their first Ghanaian CEO who is also a female with effect from April this year. The telecom company issued a press release in Accra yesterday announcing that Mrs Patricia Obo-Nai will be the company’s new CEO starting from April 1, 2019.
An excerpt from the press release says:
“An Engineer by profession, she comes into her new role with 22 years of experience in Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications. In addition, she has extensive commercial experience in the telecommunications industry.”
The appointment makes Mrs Patricia Obo-Nai the first ever Ghanaian to head the company. Before her appoint as the CEO, Mrs Obo-Nai was the Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations of Vodafone Ghana. She also previously the leader of Vodafone Ghana’s Consumer Business Unit.
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Ms, Obo-Nai, prior to working with Vodafone, was working with Millicom Ghana Limited — the operators of Tigo — for 14 years. This, thus, proves that she really knows the telecom business.
She then joined Vodafone Ghana as Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Executive Committee in January 2011.
Patricia Obo-Nai’s quick background
Mrs Obo-Nai is an Engineer by profession and possesses 22 years of experience in Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
An Executive MBA in Project Management from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Executive Education from Insead, France and the Kellogg School of Management, USA.
Mrs Obo-Nai is also a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, (GHIE).
Remarks on Patricia Obo-Nai’s appointment as Vodafone Ghana CEO
The newly appointed CEO made it clear that she was ready to embrace her new position in the company.
“I am looking forward to taking up my new role and leading the company in the next phase of its development. My focus will be to continue to push the boundaries of innovation and position Vodafone as a key challenger in the market. Together with the outstanding staff, we have at Vodafone Ghana, I am confident that the company will remain a strong competitor in the industry here in Ghana.”
The outgoing CEO, Yolanda Cuba also applauded Obo-Nai on her new appointment.
“I congratulate Patricia on her new appointment. I believe that Vodafone is well positioned and will continue to prosper under Patricia’s leadership. The adoption of 4G technology will bring new services to customers and propel the company to the next level. I have enjoyed my tenure in Ghana and I wish Patricia and the team great success.”
During Ms Cuba’s tenure, the company was able to acquire the 4G spectrum. She also restructured the company’s balance sheet and drove enhanced commercial performance in the market.
Also, Ms Cuba launched the first ever Fibre services To The Home (FTTH) in Ghana, and a couple of product like “Ekikimi”, 10x and Express WiFi with Facebook.