Sowah bows out of Ghana telecoms with Best CEO Award in hand

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

The Former Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Ghana, Mr. Philip Sowah, has for the second time been named the Chief Executive Officer of the year at the recent Ghana Telecoms Awards. Sowah, who ended his tenure as Airtel Ghana’s boss last month after six years of dedicated service to the company, emerged as the favorite in his category with the former chief executive officer of Tigo Ghana Edil El Youseffi.

With a strong focus on revenue generation, Mr Sowah was able to steer Airtel to its great heights; from its historic first customer in 2008 to over 3.5 million customers in 2014. 

Speaking exclusively to Biztechafrica at the plush Movinpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Mr Sowah said the award to him for the second time as the CEO of the Year validates his efforts in leading a team to deliver the best of service to the satisfaction of its customers. “As for me it just validates what I do every day, which is managing a team of people to deliver a service to our customers and stakeholders as the job is, this just validates how the job is.”

He further described his job as the CEO for the past six years at Airtel as very fulfilling. “It been very fulfilling experience, but I am moving on because after a while you will like to try other things so for me it’s a matter of trying new things, it’s extremely fulfilling and very exciting."

Industry experts believe that he played a very influential role in building Airtel Ghana from scratch to become one of Ghana’s fastest growing network and one of the most successful and loved brands in Ghana today. Under his leadership, he championed an aggressive network rollout which made Airtel the first to launch a 3G network in Ghana - making Airtel the superior data network in Ghana.

Sowah is one of the founding members of the Ghana Telecoms Chamber, of which he is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

Prior to joining Airtel Ghana, He was the Chief Officer of Onetouch (now Vodafone Ghana) where he championed its aggressive expansion from 160,000 to 1.3 million subscribers. He has more than 20 years Senior Management experience in telecommunications, information technology and management consulting with Big 5 and Fortune 500 companies. He worked with Becton Dickinson as the Program Director on a global electronic procurement initiative and was a consultant with IBM Global Services all in the USA. He also has extensive international consulting experience in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

He was responsible for setting up Deloitte’s IT consulting practices and Proctor and Gamble’s IT operations in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa  respectively, growing the former (Deloitte’s) to a firm of over 60 consultants in the West African region.

He was adjudged Ghana’s most respected CEO at the Ghana's Most Respected Company and CEO Awards 2010 Awards Ceremony organised by the global accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Ghana's leading financial newspaper Business & Financial Times (B&FT).

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