Mrs. Yvonne Nana Afriyie Opare, the recently appointed Managing Director of Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), has formally been acquainted with the staff of the organization at a durbar held at the premises of the Air terminal.
Mr. Paul Adom-Otchere, Chairman of the Board, thanked employees for their unwavering support of the Board and Management of the Company in his opening remarks. He was hopeful that a similar degree of help will be concurred the new director.
The new MD, in her comments, acknowledged the strong groundwork laid by her predecessors and expressed her readiness to upgrade areas requiring improvement and put forth new reachable objectives.
She pledged her commitment to leading the important and strategic objective of maintaining and enhancing relationships with stakeholders including Airlines, Customers, Suppliers and Government to achieve success in the management and operations of the company.
According to Mrs. Yvonne Nana Afriyie Opare, the company will achieve its greatest heights through the power of individual strengths, experiences, and expertise.
She also emphasized the need to make the most of Ghana’s strategic location in order to increase throughput to domestic airports and maximize international passenger and cargo traffic.
Mrs. Opare encouraged staff to stay engaged, tenacious in their work and maintain the qualities and resolutions of the organization. She also expressed excitement about the opportunities ahead and featured the need to work together with common regard, enthusiasm and the soul of greatness to make more noteworthy progress.
Mrs. Yvonne Nana Afriyie Opare is a successful business executive who has held management positions and engagements for close to 20 years. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialisation in Operations Management from American Intercontinental University in Illinois, USA.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA after receiving her secondary education at Achimota School in Ghana. Yvonne’s corporate journey began in the United States, where she had professional work engagements with Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Eli Lilly.
She also earned a professional real estate license in the US State of Georgia, excelling in the ultra-competitive US real estate sector and winning the prestigious North American Association of Realtors Million Dollar Sales Club award for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007. Yvonne later returned to Ghana, motivated by her desire to leverage her wealth of expertise to contribute to national development.
Over the course of 20 years, Mrs. Opare has honed skills in key domains of corporate leadership, business development and management, including strategy development and execution, resource harmonisation, human resource management, project management, operations management, financial management, business negotiation, brand building and strategic positioning and brand portfolio development.
Her leadership competencies and skills also extend into the domains of strategic stakeholder management, corporate governance and diplomacy, gender inclusivity, social inclusion and sustainability.
She has built a track record of building and sustaining international business relationships with highprofile multinational organisations, including Schlumberger, Expro Gulf Limited, Lukoil, and Transocean Limited. Across these high-level engagements, Mrs. Opare has led organisations to deliver on strategic corporate partnership objectives.
Yvonne has demonstrated business development prowess by navigating high-profile business negotiations and successfully facilitating multi-million-dollar business-to-business (B2B) transactions. She has also brokered a considerable number of public-private partnerships (PPP) deals to deliver high-impact projects in Ghana.
Mrs. Opare’s professional track record includes her tenures as CEO and General Manager of Vantage Real Estate Group and Blackwell Realty Limited, where she led and played leading roles in mainstreaming contemporary business management practices, building a culture of corporate excellence, developing human resource capacity, transforming business operations, scaling capacity, optimising functionality, diversifying product and service portfolios, and strategically positioning the organisations for market leadership.
Her expertise in facilities management and project management ensured effective oversight across the developmental life cycle of various infrastructure projects.
She has experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders within complex business ecosystems. Having built and operationalised a world-class private enterprise that catered for specialised customer segments, Mrs. Opare is well-acquainted with the nuances of both entrepreneurship and corporate business.
She is experienced in global procurements and has built an extensive global network of trading partnerships with internationally recognized brands such as Duravit, Bosch, Hansgrohe, Ideal Standard, Villeroy & Boch, among others.
As a wife and mother of three daughters, Mrs. Yvonne Opare possesses the perfect combination of personal qualities, professional expertise and leadership competencies required to deliver excellence in impact-driven organisations.