Letsgego Africa has appointed Ato Okyir as Group Head of New Ventures-Technology Innovation.
The inclusive finance organisation’s latest appointment reiterates its commitment to cementing Ghana as a valuable sub-regional hub for talent and expertise.
Marking the appointment, the Group’s Chief Executive, Andrew Okai, said Ghana “is one of our largest profit generating centres”. He said it therefore makes sense the company leverages the regional expertise and talent available locally, not only for the benefit of its local business and subsidiary, but also for the Group as a whole.
He indicated that Letshego recognises that cultural diversity in a Pan-African organisation is an asset and an advantage.
“We are delighted to have Ato join our regional family. His digital and tech experience will prove invaluable as we achieve our ambition to be a leading digital-first, inclusive finance organisation across the continent,” he said
Commenting on his new appointment, Ato Okyir described Letshego is a well-established Africa brand that is “on an exciting transformation trajectory into digital”.
“I am delighted with the opportunity to bring my own skills and experience to support a regional organisation that has such a dynamic vision to achieve sustainable growth and impact across so many sub Saharan markets,” he added.
About Ato Okyir
Prior to joining Letshego, Mr Okyir was the Chief Information Officer for Standard Chartered Ghana, starting his expansive technology focused career in 1993. Mr Okyir brings fifteen years of banking technology experience from across the continent.
As the Chief Information Officer for Standard Chartered, he maintained the bank’s technology infrastructure capability and supported business activities across all business segments. He also assured compliance oversight for all country and Standard Chartered Group policies, statutory regulations, local banking laws, anti-money laundering regulations and industry practices.
Before that, he led the company’s Country Technology Management in Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone. He was responsible for developing, implementing and delivering the Group Technology Strategy for the Cluster.
Mr Okyir played a pivotal role in Standard Chartered’s Business Process Reengineering and custody business integration as the Archway Project Manager – Infrastructure for Africa. He covered Kenya, Botswana, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Mauritius.
He has also led Technology Risk Management and IT Security for Standard Chartered Bank in West and Central Africa. He successfully and effectively managed Information Technology risk and security controls to ensure Data Integrity, Data availability, confidentiality and consistency of Standard Chartered databases and transaction processing systems.
Before joining Standard Chartered, he held various Information Technology roles at other companies, including Digitronix Systems, LeasAfric Ghana Limited, Agricultural Development Bank, and Electricity Company of Ghana.
Mr Okyir holds an MSc in Project Management from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Systems from Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom. He has also undergone Professional training in Strategic & Scenario Planning in Accra.
That’s aside of training in Business Management Programme (BMP) in Singapore, Talent Acceleration in the United Arab Emirates and AWS & Microsoft Azure Cloud Practitioner by Skillsoft. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the British Computer Society (BCS), and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).