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Airtel Appoints New Ghana MD

by Sam Wakoba
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ghana2Airtel has appointed Ghanaian national Ms. Lucy Quist as Managing Director for Airtel Ghana replacing the outgoing Philip Sowah who will be leaving Airtel at the end of May to pursue interests outside the company.

Lucy is a Chartered Electrical and Electronics Engineer, holds a first class Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA from INSEAD.

According to CEO for Airtel Africa Mr. Christian de Faria, “Lucy will be taking over from Philip Sowah who will be leaving Airtel at the end of May to pursue interests outside the company. We have requested that he continues to play a governance role in our Ghana CSR Foundation.”

“I would like to thank Philip for his leadership and contribution to our growth in Ghana. I greatly appreciate his engaging approach which has placed us favourably with all our stakeholders, especially amongst the communities where we do business. We wish him every success for the future” added de Faria.

Airtel says Ms Quist was appointed for her strong experience in the telecommunications industry in Ghana and across Africa, joining Airtel from Vodafone Ghana where she has been the Director for the Enterprise Business Unit. She joined Vodafone Ghana in 2011 as Head of Strategy & Planning and Managing Director of Vodafone’s Wholesale Business. In 2008, Lucy joined Millicom International Cellular (Tigo), as Head of Business Development for Africa and as Head of Northern Sector in Ghana before becoming the Chief Marketing Officer in the DRC.

Ms. Quist started her career in 1994 in automotive engineering with Ford Motor Company, working her way through design engineering, manufacturing and project management roles in the UK, Germany and Portugal. She later became a Change Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London as part of the RBS-ABN AMRO Operations merger team.

As Managing Director for Airtel’s business in Ghana, Ms. Quist’s technical and business acumen, industry experience and in country perspective will play a pivotal role in driving the next phase of the company’s journey outside the traditional consumer arena. Lucy will also join the Airtel Ghana board.

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