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Former IBM boss, Joe Mensah to head Kosmos Ghana

  • SOURCE: | qwesa2big
  • joe mensahCiti Business News has learnt former country manager of IBM, Joe Mensah is being lined up to become the managing director of KOSMOS energy Ghana

    Kosmos Energy is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas alongthe Atlantic Margin.

    The company discovered the Jubilee Field in 2007, which opened the Tano Basin and established a new oil province offshore Ghana.

    Mr . Mensah recently retired from IBM after a successful a 32-year career at the company.

    Under his leadership, he re-established IBM’s corporate presence in Accra and deepened IBM’s support for clients and partners in Ghana.

    Joe Mensah has been instrumental in leading technology projects across different key industries in the country, focusing on banking and financial services.

    Joe Mensah was educated at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut and graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979.

    Between the years 1979 and 1980, he worked with UNIROYAL Chemical, Naugatuck, CT, USA.

    His job description was designing Environmental Systems, Managing Emission Control Systems.

    He also represented the Company on the Chemical Manufacturers Association – Air pollution Control Team.

    In 1980, he moved to OLIN Chemicals, New Haven, CT.USA. There, his assignment was to recruit to pursue Solar Energy Research sponsored by USA Government.

    He also worked with Lawrence Livermore National Labs to test Molten Sodium Nitrate as Heat Transfer Fliuid. His employment with OLIN ended in 1981.

    In 1983, he graduated with Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management from Yale University School of Management, New Haven Connecticut, USA. After graduation, he joined IBM Corporation the same year as a Systems Engineer.

    He was then promoted to hold various Marketing and Sales Management positions which led him to become the Sales leader in several United Technologies Divisions.

    In 1992, due to his extensive corporate level experience, he was recruited by executive search firm to run Lotus Development Sales Operations in Connecticut.

    In 1997 he returned to IBM Corporation, New Haven, CT, after five years at Lotus Development Corporation.

    In 2001, he managed SMB East Solutions Team that sold $1 Billion Companies.

    And in 2003, he became the Executive responsible for Territory Partner Managers in East Region. Between the years 2008 and 2009, he became the Consulting Sales leader of Global Technology services.

    Joe Mensah opened the IBM office in Ghana and built the business from the scratch, to closing the largest strategic outsourcing deal in Sub-Saharan Africa for IBM in July 2014.

    He had executive training in Management Development with IBM in 2002 and Sales leadership Development training at Boston University in 2003.

    Joe Mensah has received various awards and honours.

    He is a member of several boards.

    Some of these include: General Motors Fellowship Award, Yale School of Management; Numerous 100% Club-IBM; President of IBM Sales training school board member; St. Francis Hospital Foundation-Hartford CT. USA; Board member, American Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Council member of Ghana Technology University College and Advisory Council member –University of Ghana.

    He was a professional soccer player and a coach who led a team to win Connecticut State Youth Championships.

    He was the President of Opoku Ware Alumni Association in USA for four years.

    He also led Ghanaian Cultural Organization in New England for six years. He was once the school prefect of Opoku Ware School from 1974-1975.


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