More Africa NewsGhana: Vodafone appoints first Ghanaian CEO, another woman, as Cuba returns to Vodacom Group

February 21, 2019by myles

Vodafone Ghana has appointed Patricia Obo-Nai as its new CEO with effect from 01 April. Obo-Nai is a member of the company’s executive committee and is the first Ghanaian to be appointed as its CEO. An engineer by profession, Obo-Nai comes into her new role with 22 years of experience in information technology and telecommunications, as well as extensive commercial experience in the telecommunications industry.

Until her appointment as CEO, Obo-Nai was the director of fixed business and customer operations at Vodafone Ghana. She also led the company’s consumer business unit. 

Obo-Nai joined Vodafone Ghana as chief technology officer and a member of the executive committee in January 2011. Prior to that, she had worked for fourteen years at Millicom Ghana, operators of Tigo. Her appointment follows the return of 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, Cuba concluded the acquisition of 4G spectrum, the restructuring of the company’s balance sheet and drove enhanced commercial performance in the market. 

During Cuba’s period as CEO, Vodafone maintained network superiority and introduced a number of new products including the launch of the first ever Fibre services To The Home (FTTH) in Ghana, Ekikimi, 10x and initiatives like Express Wi-Fi with Facebook. She ensured a highly engaged customer base to keep Vodafone as the number two mobile operator in Ghana by revenue share, even after the merger of two operators in the market. 


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