Technology giant IBM has appointed Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh as its head for North, East and West Africa. This appointment means that she will be in charge of about 40 countries on the continent including Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya and Uganda.
Before her appointment, Ms Kyerematen-Jimoh was the Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President in charge of Global Markets and Sales in the company’s corporate office in New York.
She also used to be the Country Director for IBM in Ghana at a point in her career. She actually joined the company as Marketing Manager for the West African segment before moving up the ranks to become the Strategy Leader for Central, East and West Africa.
Before joining IBM, she was a banker working with UBS Investment Bank & ABN AMRO in London and also GT Bank in Ghana.
Speaking on her recent promotion, Chris Kirubi, the Kenyan Business Mogul and founder of Centum Investment said “I am exceptionally proud of Angela. Her dedication and commitment to her work is unwavering. She has all our support and I know she will make this a huge success story. We welcome her back to Africa.”
Ms. Halima Aliko Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries also added her voice to the news, “this is indeed an inspiring story for our continent to have a woman lead this very important region and we look forward to her making great strides in this role,” she said.
This appointment marks another first in Ms. Kyerematen-Jimoh’s career as she was IBM’s first female country head and now becomes the first woman and first African to be appointed Regional Head in Africa – she keeps breaking the glass ceiling.
She is a recipient of a number of awards including being named one of Africa’s most influential women by Avance Media. Other notable awards of hers are the US African Women Forum’s Global Impact Leadership Award and the prestigious African Achievers Awards for Excellence in Business.
She is a mother of two boys, and an alumna of Harvard Business School.