Ishmael Yamson is a seasoned, well-known corporate executive and a governance expert in Ghana. He joined UAC of Ghana Ltd, later Unilever Ghana Ltd, in 1966 from the University of Ghana, Legon. He worked for the Company for 38 years in various capacities, the last 18 years of which he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. During that period, he restructured and transformed the company and set it on a path of sustained growth for more than 15 years. He holds a B.Sc. Economics (Hons) degree from the University of Ghana. Ishmael’s corporate life transcended Unilever.
He has been deeply involved in the development of Ghana’s private sector having played key roles in key Private Sector Associations including the Ghana Chamber of Commerce (President), Ghana Employers’ Association (President) and Ghana Private Enterprise Foundation (President). He was a founding member and Director of the Ghana Stock Exchange and a founding member and Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA). He was also a member of the team that developed the first Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act. 1994 (Act 478). Additionally, he was a founding Director of the Commonwealth Business Council and the Chairman of the Council’s Governance Committee and a member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conference which focuses on the development of future leaders. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana.
He also serves on the Advisory Council of Kosmos Energy, Ghana. Previously he served as Chairman of the President’s Economic Advisory Council from 2009 to 2012, Chairman of the University of Ghana Council, Chairman of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council, Director of the Bank of Ghana, Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank and Chairman of Kumasi Breweries Limited. Ishmael Yamson contributed to the ICC publication, “The New Europe in the New World Economy” at the ICC 33rd World Congress, Budapest 2000 and “Central Banking and the Millennium Development Goals – The Accra Agenda; Proceedings of the Bank of Ghana’s 50th Anniversary Symposium, Accra 2009”. He is the author of “Africa In Search of Prosperity”. He has spoken at several international conferences including the World Economic Forum in South Africa. He has received national and international awards including the Order of the Volta and the Companion of the Order of the Volta from the Republic of Ghana, Africa Business Award by the Commonwealth Business Council and an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) from the University of Ghana.
Other directorships: Mantrac Ghana Limited, Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited, Ishmael Yamson & Associates, Nosmay Ghana Limited, Ghacem Ghana Limited.
Ebenezer Asante was the first Ghanaian to head MTN Ghana. He is currently the Vice President of MTN Group’s Southern and East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) region. Prior to assuming this role, he was CEO of MTN Rwanda for almost two years. Ebenezer joined MTN Ghana in 2008 as sales and distribution executive. Prior to joining MTN Ghana, he spent 13 years with Unilever, where he held various positions, including managing director for Zambia and customer development director and member of the Unilever Ghana board of directors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in economics and statistics from the University of Ghana, a post-graduate diploma in management from Henley Management College (UK) and was part of MTN’s Global Advancement Programme (GAP) in 2010. He also participated in executive level and general management development programmes at the Ashridge Business School (UK), Harvard and INSEAD (Paris).
Other directorships: MTN Zambia Limited, MTN Rwandacell S.A.R.L, MTN Uganda and Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited.
Chief executive officer
Selorm is the chief executive officer of MTN, Ghana since June 2018. Prior to this, he was the chief executive officer of Digicel, Haiti. Selorm is a seasoned telecoms and financial services business leader with over 20 years of experience spanning several years in the UK, USA, Caribbean and Africa. In addition to extensive C-level telecoms experience across various telecoms operators, Selorm has over 10 years of consulting experience. First, as a technology consultant for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Consulting in the UK, and in the USA, as a management consultant for L.E.K. Consulting where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and private equity consulting projects. Selorm is a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) and a lifetime supporter of Liverpool FC. He holds an MBA in finance and strategic management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.
Other directorships: DIAL (Washington DC, USA), Ghana, Sahel Grains Limited (Ghana).
Fatima Daniels worked in corporate positions ranging from regional and corporate finance to general manager of telecommunications for over a decade. She is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Fatima has extensive JSE listed company board experiences.
Other directorships: MTN Syria, MTN Sudan, MTN Congo-Brazzaville, MTN Côte D’Ivoire, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Ltd and Momentum Metropolitan Group Ltd, Clicks Group Ltd, Rand Refinery (Pty)Ltd, AfriSam Holdings(Pty)Ltd, JSE Limited, Abathwa Capital Holdings (Pty)Ltd, Letjoba Investments(Pty)Ltd and Buona Fortuna Investments(Pty) Ltd.
Kwasi Abeasi is the owner and chief executive officer of Africa Investconsult Limited and until the end of 2017, the Lead Consultant for the ECOWAS Commission’s private sector directorate. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Ghana(1969),an MBA in operations management and marketing from Syracuse University, an advanced marketing certificate from Harvard Business school and a top Level public sector management certificate from the National University of Singapore. He started his working life with the Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO), then with the Mobil Oil Ghana Limited and the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB). He joined the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) in 1988 and became its Managing Director in 1994. He later left to set up and become the first Director-General of the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) of Ghana. Upon retirement in 2015, he was recruited by the “Economist” to be the managing director/chief executive officer of the African Business Roundtable (ABR) in South Africa.
Other directorships: Africa Investconsult Ltd, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, People’s Pension Fund, Investcorp Ltd and Lifeforms Ltd.
Modupe Kadri is the chief financial officer/Executive Director for MTN Nigeria Communications PLC since 1 March 2020. He joined MTN Nigeria in 2007 as the general manager financial operations and held various positions within the finance division. In August 2014, he joined Scancom Plc as the chief financial officer and was appointed Executive director in April 2016, a position he held until 29 February 2020.
Before joining MTN, he worked at Lafarge Africa PLC where he held various positions in the West African Portland Cement (WAPCO) PLC subsidiary including financial controller and business development manager. He trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he spent 11 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in economics and a Master’s of Science in management, both from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He was part of MTN’s Global Advancement Programme (GAP) in 2012 and has attended various leadership programmes at the Columbia Business School, INSEAD and IMD Business School where he is an alumnus of all three.
Other directorships: MTN Nigeria Communications PLC, MobileMoney Limited and Hajj Mabrur Ventures Limited (Nigeria).
Ralph Mupita has been group chief financial officer since April 2017, and executive director of the MTN Group effective 1 June 2018. He is a former chief executive officer of Old Mutual Emerging Markets (2012 to 2017) and has extensive experience in financial services operations in Africa, Asia and Latin America markets. Ralph currently serves on the board of several of MTN Group’s subsidiaries and is an independent non-executive director of Rand Merchant Investment Holdings Limited and Rand Merchant Bank Holdings Limited. He previously served on the boards of various Old Mutual entities and joint ventures, as well as industry bodies such as Business Leadership South Africa, Association of Savings and Investments South Africa and UCT Graduate School of Business. Mr Mupita holds a Bachelor in engineering (Hons) and Master’s in business administration, both from the University of Cape Town. He is an alumnus of executive programmes at London Business School, INSEAD and Harvard Business School.
Other directorships: MTN Group Limited, Mobile Telephone Networks Holdings (Pty) Limited, MTN International (Pty) Limited, Mobile Telephone Networks Holdings Proprietary Limited, MTN Business Solutions (Pty) Limited, MTN Group Management Services (Pty) Limited, MTN Nigeria Communications PLC, Irancell Telecommunications Services Company (Pty) Limited, MTN Dubai Limited, MTN International (Mauritius) Limited, Mauritius Investments, MTN Group Management Services (Pty) Limited, Easy Dial International Limited BVI, 14 Avenue Investment Holding Limited, Investcom Mobile Communications Limited, Servico S.A.L, Mobile Telephone Networks (Netherlands) B.V, Mobile Telephone Networks NIC B.V, 14th Avenue Holdings B.V, RMB Holdings Limited and Rand Merchant Investment Holdings Limited.