Patricia Obo-Nai becomes first Ghanaian to be appointed CEO of Vodafone Ghana
Telecommunication company Vodafone Ghana has appointed Patricia Obo-Nai as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective April 1, 2019.
By this appointment, Mrs Obo-Nai, who is a member of Vodafone’s executive committee becomes the first Ghanaian CEO of the company.
“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,” it said.
Until her appointment, she was the Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations of Vodafone Ghana. She also led the company’s Consumer Business Unit.
Patricia joined Vodafone Ghana as a Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Executive Committee in January 2011.
Prior to that, she had worked for 14 years with Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of Tigo.
Commenting on her appointment, the release quoted Mrs Obo-Nai as saying; “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.”
Her appointment, the release said followed the return of Ms Yolanda Cuba, the current CEO to Vodacom Group in South Africa in April, after successfully serving her three-year tenure in Ghana.
During this period, Yolanda Cuba concluded the acquisition of 4G spectrum, the restructuring of the company’s balance sheet and drove enhanced commercial performance in the market. Vodafone Ghana’s shareholder relationships also benefited from her guidance.
Ms Cuba said, “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.”
Mrs Obo-Nai 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, an Executive Education from Insead, France and also from the Kellogg School of Management, USA.