Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”) announces that Samuel Esson Jonah KBE, OSG has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 April 2009.
Samuel Jonah, aged 59, is one of Africa’s leading businessmen. He is currently Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital (Pty) Limited, an investment holding company in South Africa, and is former President of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. Born and educated in Ghana, in 1977 he obtained a Master’s degree in Management from Imperial College, London, following which he worked for Ashanti Goldfields. He became CEO of the company in 1986.
An Honorary Knighthood was conferred on him by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and in 2006 he was awarded Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star.
Sam Jonah serves on the boards of various public and private companies, including The Standard Bank Group, and he was formerly a director of Lonmin and a member of the Advisory Council of the President of the African Development Bank. He brings extensive experience of business in Africa, particularly South Africa and Ghana where Vodafone has made important investments recently. He is also an adviser to the Presidents of Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia.
Sir John Bond, Chairman of Vodafone, commented “I am delighted to welcome Sam Jonah to the Vodafone Board. He will make a great contribution to our company and I look forward to working with him”.
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